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Gun Control in Action: Amtrak Safety Video Suggests Throwing Duffel Bag at Gunman for Protection

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Gun Control in Action: Amtrak Safety Video Suggests Throwing Duffel Bag at Gunman for Protection

Keep that deadly duffel bag handy.

The video’s three suggestions were as follows:

Take Flight

Take Cover

Take Action

It was the third option that caught my attention. As opposed to fleeing the scene or hiding, “Take Action” suggested you take matters into your own hands to try and “disrupt” or “incapacitate” the intruder. In the video clip associated with “Take Action,” a woman and a gentleman are talking, when they suddenly realize a gunman is in the building. That’s when the male bystander jumps into “action.” What does he do to try and “incapacitate” the intruder? He throws his duffel bag.

In case you weren’t familiar with DC’s gun laws, up until a few weeks ago, residents were banned from carrying handguns in public. Hence why no one at Union Station was prepared for such a crisis.

In what world does one think a duffel bag would be more effective than a gun? I know if I was facing the threat of a gunman, I’d be much happier to see a fellow traveler take out his Smith & Wesson than a 100 percent cotton Adidas duffel bag.

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