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GUNS Magazine October 2011 Digital Edition - Page 68

VNR RIGHTS WATCH Homeland Security’s “Active Shooter” Instructions Betray Founding Intent he Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised a few eyebrows… when Assistant Surgeon General, Ali Khan posted on CDC’s official Public Health Matters blog, ‘Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,’” gun rights columnist Kurt Hofmann informed his readers. “I know Khan’s… article was a tongue-in-cheek bid to bring attention to general disaster preparedness,” he noted. “It’s what is not on [the response list] that gives one pause,” meaning, of course, firearms as defensive tools are nowhere mentioned. “CDC’s anti-gun bias comes through yet again,” Hofmann concluded. That’s hardly surprising. After all, Mark Rosenberg, the head of the UN-affiliated Task Force for Global Health, said he wanted to see guns “dirty, deadly and banned,” back when he worked at CDC. What’s also not surprising is that the Department of Homeland Security would exhibit the same bias in their deadly serious online FEMA “home study” course: “IS907-Active Shooter: What Can You Do?” “This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation,” it claims. “By the end of this course, you will be able to… describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.” Really? How about instead of describing how, actually managing such an incident? We’re given an active shooter profile, an accompanying booklet, 68 “T a description of active shooter incidents and understanding them and something DHS/FEMA calls “Good practices for response,” which boils down to “Try to evacuate. If you cannot evacuate, then hide. As a last resort, take action.” And what kind of action will the successful government-trained graduate be prepared to take? “As an absolute last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter: Act as aggressively as possible against him/her. Throw items and improvise weapons; yell,” we are instructed. Everything but, “Return fire.” That’s even more useless than similar guidance promulgated by the Illinois State Police, who advise sexually-assaulted women that fighting back may “cancel any other options,” since your attacker may only wish to “degrade and humiliate” you. “Use of a firearm to protect yourself or property,” they maintain, “is not recommended. Not that most people have that option under Illinois’ current draconian gun control restrictions, at least outside of the home (or even inside, until Chicago is forced to adhere to the intent of the McDonald decision). “Fighting would probably be futile,” they caution. So what does the ISP recommend? “Telling an attacker that you have VD or AIDS can discourage him,” they advocate. “It may sound disgusting, but putting your fingers into you [sic] throat and making yourself vomit usually gets results… Use your imagination and you can think of others,” they encourage. It’s enough to make one gag. Especially considering the wisdom of the Founders, who understood and told us what was truly “necessary to the security of a free state.” That government, at all levels, encourages defenselessness, impeding and even criminalizing an armed citizenry; it tells us everything we need to know about the true state of “homeland security.” Visit David Codrea’s online journal “The War on Guns” at waronguns.blogspot.com or visit DavidCodrea.com to read his Examiner column. Due to the importance of this column, GUNS will begin posting “Rights Watch” at www.gunsmagazine.com on the 1st of the month—long before it appears here.—Editor S&W’s Military Appreciation NEWS mith & Wesson announced S the company is expanding its “Nation’s Finest” rebate program, designed to provide qualified military personnel and disabled veterans with discounts on select S&W firearms. The program is just one way the company shows its appreciation toward members of the United States Armed Forces community. Until Dec. 31, 2011, any current active duty, retired or disabled member of the US Armed Forces or Reserves is eligible to receive a rebate with the purchase of any qualifying S&W firearm*. The Nation’s Finest program offers eligible military personnel and disabled veterans a $100 mail-in rebate for the purchase of a qualifying M&P15 rifle, and a $50 mail-in rebate for the purchase of a qualifying M&P pistol or Smith & Wesson revolver. The incentive program is limited to the purchase of one model per firearm category. “It is with a great sense of pride and deep appreciation that we have expanded the Nation’s Finest program in order to give something back to the men and women of the US Armed Services,” said James Debney, President of Firearms for Smith & Wesson. “While we can never thank them enough for their services or the hardships they have endured, we hope this program will help them enjoy the shooting sports both on a professional and recreational level.” Smith & Wesson’s “Nation’s Finest” program is available to all active duty US Military, Retired Military with Retired Military Status, active National Guard Reservists and Disabled Veterans of all US Military branches, including the US WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • OCTOBER 2011

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