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“The times they are a changin'”

OK … I always hear, “That will never happen here.” Well … according to THIS article, it can and did.


A friend and mentor once said when asked, “Why do you carry a gun?” He replied, “In case I have to shoot someone today.” I know this man well and this comment was not offered in jest. He is a serious individual and has seen the worst in people (he was a law enforcement officer for many years) and dozens of his students have successfully defended themselves with their firearms.


So, what should we do? What can we do? The answer is A LOT!!!


First, get educated. Find a seminar, class, course, or talk to a friend. There are far too many myths and too much misinformation floating around out there. Advice like, “If you shoot someone outside your house, drag them inside.” Or “Just shoot them then tell the cops you were in fear of your life.”  While I’m not an attorney, I would not recommend either of these tidbits. Both will get you thrown in jail!!


Second, get some training. There are literally hundreds of opportunities you can take advantage of - from more well know schools and instructors (John Farnam, Gabe Suarez, Tom Givens, et al) to many more smaller and lesser known ones. Most legitimate instructors will talk with you and help you with your class selection to be sure you are getting what you need.


Third, share the information with your family. Make a plan and then actually practice/rehearse the plan. Your family should be part of your overall safety/security plan and each person should have specific roles during an emergency. Everyone should have training in first aid and CPR. Everyone should know how to call 911 and what they should say. Even the younger children can play an important role.


Fourth, stay prepared. Make personal safety a lifestyle and not merely something you do on occasion. You don’t have to be strapped like a member of SEAL Team 6, but there are many things you can do that will go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe.

With the overwhelming influx of illegal aliens and the potential for there to be many very undesirable individuals among them who wish to do us harm, we need to be vigilant. The ‘normal’ crimes such as car jackings, home invasions, armed robberies, assaults, etc. – are bad enough. But, when you have to deal with armed individuals bent on destroying your way of life, things take on a different look.


As Bob Dylan said, “The times they are a changin’” I feel it is best to be prepared.




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