Homeland Security to Border Patrol: if bad guys start shooting, run and hide

An awful lot of those Operation Fast and Furious guns, like the one involved in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder, are still missing, but fear not – the Department of Homeland Security has some helpful advice for other Border Patrol agents.

As Brandon Judd of the Arizona agents’ union explained on their website, “We are now taught in an ‘Active Shooter’ course that if we encounter a shooter in a public place we are to ‘run away’ and ‘hide’.  If we are cornered by such a shooter we are to (only as a last resort) become ‘aggressive’ and ‘throw things’ at him or her. We are then advised to ‘call law enforcement’ and wait for their arrival (presumably, while more innocent victims are slaughtered).”

“Throw things” at cartel killers packing automatic weapons?  Like what, copies of ObamaCare?

This advice comes via pamphlets from Homeland Security, and even a FEMA-administered computer course, which must be the least exciting first-person-shooter game ever created.  According to a Fox News report, there is also a “pocket-sized card outlining protocol,” which probably contains the lyrics to “Brave Sir Robin Ran Away” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The Fox report says that armed law enforcement professionals found this advice “downright insulting.”  There appears to be some confusion about whether the new protocols were meant strictly for civilian employees, to deal with a shooter rampaging through their offices, or whether they should also apply to armed agents on patrol.  Different Homeland Security officials have answered that question in different ways.

The Border Patrol agents’ union noted sarcastically, “It is always comforting to know that for those of us who carry a weapon when we are off-duty, if we should encounter such a situation, stop a shooter and save countless lives, we can look forward to being disciplined or fired by the Border Patrol because we should have run away to hide and then maybe thrown objects at the deranged killer instead of taking action and stopping him with a firearm.”  These agents do not deserve to suffer a moment of doubt on that score.