A couple . . err . . . few things :
2. I was talking with a friend of mine today and he mentioned how it never ceases to amaze him that folks run out and buy a gun after a mass shooting like the one in Orlando in a feeding frenzy panic. It’s true. It’s almost like the people of America forget bad guys exist until one “pops out” and screams “boo”.
People don’t get serious about self-defense until after the fact. After the mugging, after the robbery, after the sexual assault. Why? Because people are by and large apathetic. We live a relatively free and cushy lifestyle in the U.S. Apathy, is something we must fight and stomp out at every turn. The time to do something is now.
“Apathy is a ruthless bitch.” Say it again . . .
3. What to do? Specifically? Train, don’t just learn, but train to face threats violent threats to your community – timely emergency response is not a guarantee:
- Learn to detect trouble early. One should learn to operate on two plains: Let’s say you and I go out for a soda or a beer and to watch a sports game. While you and I are out on the town, we’re laughing having a great time, but we’re paying attention, we’re watching people, we are aware. We have our head’s up, not jammed in our phones. Having fun, but totally aware of people in our immediate and extended vicinity.
- Get Fit. One should be in the best health they can be in. Do what DTG said and get in shape. Could this be the year you do a handstand push-up? It could if you start the convict conditioning program. But seriously, take steady steps to improve your strength, cardio and agility. When the “chips are down” your fitness level will either help or hinder your ability to survive.
- Train your mind and your spirit. I’ve seen so many folks talk tough only to crap their pants when “stuff gets real”, even in the slightest degree. False bravado is a disease promulgated by modern TV culture. I recommend people get right with their Maker. He’s the source of all courage, wisdom and strength. Tomorrow is promised to no one. And while I’m thinking about it, this is a good read: The Warrior Ethos. Understand and incorporate a combat mindset into your daily indoctrination. Another good one is Leadership in the Shadows.
- Learn to fight. Learn to fight criminals, active shooters and other creepy crawlies when you’re attacked. Learn to using a pistol, with your fists, your feet, in the clinch, on your back, with a club, with a fork, with green eggs and ham in a box, with a fox on a train, in the rain. Learn to fight. Train to fight. Fight to survive and protect lives.
- Learn to save a life. If you want to do it right, learn life saving skills within the context of current Tactical Combat Casualty Care doctrine. Learn the MARCH acronym inside and out, have a first aid kit for you and another close by as often as possible. Can you improvise a tourniquet? These are important things to think about.
Most people will, like making a new year resolution, commit themselves to getting armed, getting training and becoming proficient after an event like Orlando, only to get busy a couple weeks later . . . and pretty much go to “situation normal”. Break the cycle of panic and apathy. You can break the cycle.
If you decide to use the latest violent events as a catalyst to learn to protect yourself, then don’t stop. Don’t get side tracked. Don’t get comfortable and let your guard down. If you want to be a protector, then BE A PROTECTOR.
There are plenty of former combat arms veterans and security professionals around the country (for a small fee) that are willing to share valuable mindset, deterrence, detection and defensive skill sets for family protectors.
It all comes down to this: If we as Americans can cultivate a culture of self-defense and community protection, we may never totally rid ourselves of terrorists and bad guys, but the death toll will shrink exponentially. It’s not about what the news and celebrities are making recent events out to be. It’s about taking ownership of your physical security.
Remember . . .
“The key is not the will to win … everybody has that (especially the bad guy). It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” The first step is to get rid of apathy and normalcy bias whenever possible.
Once you own the responsibility of your own physical security, encouraging others to do the same is the next logical move.
Thanks for stopping by – Stay safe,