New instructional video shows how to handle a gunman in the workplace

Posted at 8:56 AM, Feb 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-01 08:56:43-05

As the gun control debate continues to heat up, the Department of Homeland Security has released a video advising people how to act if a gunman enters their workplace. This follows tragic mass shootings across the country, most recently in our backyard in Newtown, Connecticut.

The video, “Active Shooter Situation: Options for Consideration,” was in production before the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre but was recently released. The video shows scenes from previous mass shootings and then gives tips in a office setting on how to respond.

According to a male narrator,  “In the event of a shooting at your location, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. You will need to determine if the best course of action is to evacuate or to hide. Call 9-11 when it is safe to do so.”

But then there is a tip that might be surprising to some people. “If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself and take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter using whatever means are available.”  As the narrator says that, a hand is shown grabbing a pair of scissors from a drawer.

The Department of Homeland Security calls that an option of last resort.