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, 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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