On June 18–the day after the heinous attack in which nine were killed at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church–President Obama said, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
Yes the horrible events that took place in France and Tunisia are now old news are this point but they need to be discussed and thought about but we won’t even get into Obama’s comments. Thankfully here in the United States of America, we still have out 2A rights to bear arms which has helped to prevent events like this from taking place (and we will ALWAYS maintain that right). We have certainly still had our fair share of tragic events, all seemingly taking place in locations where firearms are not allowed…coincidence? I think not.
Let’s look at a quote from American Sniper for a moment here:
“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.”
There is so much truth to this quote but it is still missing a fourth type of person, those who think they are sheepdogs, but don’t realize they aren’t. You can have all the guns in the world, but without proper training and regular practice, you can be just as dangerous as the wolf or even just as weak as the sheep. And then there’s the politicians, but we will save that for another day.
So which one are you? The sheep, the wolf, the sheepdog, or the want to be a sheep dog who needs to get their ass in gear and get properly trained? Sitting on the computer reading articles and watching YouTube doesn’t count, and sitting on a bench at the range can only get you so far. And while you are at it get yourself in shape as well, check out our previously posted 30 Day Crossfit Challenge (I promise you, anyone can do it little to no equipment needed, and it’s a great workout, stick with it and you will be well on your way).
We have training events available provided by various professionals of varying areas of expertise here in Connecticut, and we can also help you to get connected to resources in your area as well. Keep tabs on our events page or just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us what is up and coming or tell us what you are looking for.
Now I want you to think about what items you carry with you on a daily basis that could help you and others to survive a situation any of these mass killings that have taken place all over our country and others. Do you carry a weapon? Are you allowed to carry a weapon to your place of work? As previously mentioned, these events almost always take place in gun free areas. Do you have to visit such areas? When and if you do, what is your backup? If an event like those occurred before you, would you be both properly equipped and trained to make a difference? Would you be equipped and capable to help the wounded at least on a basic level? Equipped or not, would you fight, flight, or be preyed upon by those wolves?
Take a few minutes and think about your gear, what you have on a daily basis, what you may not have during different times of day or in different locations. Do you need to make a change? What about your loved ones, are they equipped and trained? If not they can be just as vulnerable as the sheep. We will leave it right there, the rest is up to you. Think about what you’ve read, decide if you need a plan of action (HINT: Everyone does not matter how prepared you think you are), and take action on it. If you need some help getting in the right direction or finding reputable training in your area, just email us at email@example.com and I am sure we can help get you the proper resources you need for you to meet your own goals.