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Fox News teaches kids useless martial arts technique to ‘disarm’ active shooters

On Fox & Friends this morning, host Elizabeth Hasslebeck helped show self-defense techniques for fighting an active shooter.

On Fox & Friends this morning, host Elizabeth Hasslebeck helped show self-defense techniques for fighting an active shooter, but did not explain the proper safety protocol.

Hasslebeck introduced the segment by saying that “five seconds can make all the difference.” The segment focused on Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art that primarily deals with disarming armed opponents. Hasslebeck and Krav Maga instructor Tony Morrison only mentioned evacuating and hiding in passing, and did not review any techniques to avoid the gunman all together.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, one should only engage a gunman directly as a last resort when one’s life is in imminent danger. The DHS guidelines strongly suggest that people should first attempt to evacuate the area, and if that fails, they should seek cover.

“Once we’re hiding, let’s say we couldn’t run away, and we hide and then we’ve realized that we might be discovered, we have to basically communicate with each other and say, ‘Listen, this is what is going to happen, if I grab the gun, you guys are going to tackle the person,'” said Morrison.

The segment, which was targeted at children, demonstrated several disarming techniques. To children, the idea of being a hero and stopping a gunman is clearly appealing, although it is obviously incredibly difficult. Complex Krava Maga moves cannot be learned through watching a Fox News segment.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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  1. Barbara Abu-Odeh

    December 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    great, now the kids will be put in danger with false information and get themselves killed thinking they are safe by doing this

  2. Elliott Michaels

    December 9, 2015 at 5:51 am

    But it isn’t false information; rather, it is simply incomplete information. You must remember, on these news/entertainment programs they don’t allow sufficient time to explore each subject. I’m sure they mentioned as much as they could in the limited time-allotment. Now it’s up to parents to further research this information and decide whether to have it taught to their children. It always comes down to parental responsibility.

  3. Moe Thacker

    December 9, 2015 at 8:20 am

    The mental motivation is probably the most important thing, keeping in mind some of these shooters are themselves trained in Martial Arts. You gotta put everything you got into your moves. Every move. Or you will not succeed.

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