‘Hide and hope for the best’ is NOT a defensive plan

Plan B - Filing Cabinet

Over at GunPoliticsNY: Plan B sucks

The NYPD suggests running away from an attacker armed with a gun. That’s excellent advice if the situation allows it. But if escape is not possible, they suggest hiding behind a filing cabinet:

Hiding behind a file cabinet is probably the best “Plan B”

Any port in a storm, and all that, but if hiding behind a filing cabinet and hoping the paperwork is packed tightly enough inside to provide cover in addition to a little concealment, you are basically in a “let’s keep our fingers crossed'” place.
They admit that there may be no other option than to fight the attacker:

Consider using pens, staples, chair legs, anything you can get your hands on, as an improvised weapon

Again, do whatever you have to and use whatever you have at hand. If you’re not in New York, you may actually be prepared to skip the “improvised weapon” step and go directly to the “weapon” step.


Four out of five dentists recommend actual weapons for their patients who attack armed gunmen. The other one is a gun grabber and probably has his own hired security.

The suggestions for improvised weapons reminds Murdoc of California’s suggestions for fighting an attacking mountain lion:

A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.

Murdoc’s response at the time:

Rocks, sticks, jackets. As I said in January, that’s not fighting back. That’s desperation. Carry a gun, friend.

Unfair to use a gun on a mountain lion? Exactly.

If you find it surprising that New York and California both suggest “defending” yourself with such silly weapons, raise your hand. Thank God that there is so much room in between those two places.

For the benefit of our New York readers, Murdoc has helpfully added some links to defensive gear on Amazon.com via the images to the right. Also consider this.

2 thoughts on “‘Hide and hope for the best’ is NOT a defensive plan”

  1. “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” — The Dalai Lama, (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times) speaking at the “Educating Heart Summit” in Portland, Oregon, when asked by a girl how to react when a shooter takes aim at a classmate.

    even the dalai lama gets it.

  2. I actually have a plan to hide behind my file cabinet in my refuge room if I have a home invasion. Of course, I’ll also have a firearm as a “fallback” plan! 🙂


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