During the midst of Saturday's terrorist attack in London, the city's Metropolitan police department tweeted an infographic giving the public a three-step plan to respond to the attack.
"Run. Hide. Tell," read the three points on the infographic.
#Londonbridge #boroughmarket #vauxhall https://t.co/a7OciBEBjH— Metropolitan Police (@Metropolitan Police)1496529961.0
"Run to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there's nowhere to go then....hide. Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Tell the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so," the instructions read.
For most Londoners, the plan makes the most sense. That's because citizens in the United Kingdom are generally prohibited from carrying concealed weapons that would help fend off an attack, like a concealed handgun.
Indeed, video and images taken from the scene around Saturday's attack showed people running away or hiding under tables in restaurants. Some witnesses even said they saw cops running away from the attackers because many of them don't have guns, either.
Many restaurant patrons were forced to fight back against the three attackers, who possessed long knives and were indiscriminately stabbing people, with nothing but chairs and random objects like pint glasses.
Needless to say, the Metropolitan police department's tweet quickly became a laughing stock among Americans.
I've decoded the advice from the Metropolitan Police into clear language. #LondonBridge https://t.co/eyyRelu8aF https://t.co/MHqQCNPVVE— Stefan Molyneux, MA (@Stefan Molyneux, MA)1496539035.0
DRAW. AIM. SHOOT. The Second Amendment – because defending our people is EVERY American's job. cc @instapundit https://t.co/YD0paUVFFh— Kurt Schlichter (@Kurt Schlichter)1496544950.0
That is no way for Free people To live It's a way for Free people To die https://t.co/iPtjS288Qx— Jim Hanson (@Jim Hanson)1496549778.0
If people were not disarmed by there supposed protecting government this ridiculous suggestion would not need to be followed.— Troy S🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Gunslanger13) June 3, 2017
Pathetic.— Joel Lambert (@Joel5326) June 4, 2017
Better idea:— Danny Covfefe🍦🐸🍦 (@Daniel_Ohana) June 3, 2017
Close The Borders.
This is why Americans protect our 2nd Amendment, fight not run; you English can't even carry pepper spray. #SittingDucks— Mr. Ironical (@tarheeltroll) June 3, 2017