The events of the past week have been very disturbing. Starting Monday with the Boston Marathon bombings and culminating on Friday with the arrest of the second bomber I have witnessed things I have never seen before, and never thought I would see. Yesterday the entire City of Boston and many of its suburbs were in a locked down state. The powers that be gave it a fancy term called “shelter in place”. This made it feel less like you were a prisoner in your own home but instead were being sheltered in your own home. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it was a bad idea. It was probably the only way the authorities could ensure fewer casualties at the hand of that madman. But the point is, they authorities invoked the shelter in place rule because they could otherwise not protect the citizenry. Which brings us to the point of this article.
The government, at any level, cannot protect you. The federal government right on down to the lowest level of local government cannot protect you. The National Guard cannot protect you, the Police cannot protect you. If you are sliding along in this life under the mistaken impression that all is well in the world and you are safe because there is a cop on the beat, think again. It just is not true. If you are a victim of a crime in progress and you call the police, you might get lucky. The police officer might be right around the corner, arrive in time to take action and cart the bad guy off to jail or the morgue. You might get lucky, and luck is the key word here. Do you want to depend on luck to provide the protection you seek. Do not fool your self. The authorities cannot protect you in any kind of regular and consistent fashion. The best they have to offer is a guarantee they will clean up the mess afterwards. They will arrive on scene, they will cart the bodies away, they will string crime scene tape, take reports, and do it all very efficiently. . . . .and then they will leave. You might have been protected while they were on scene, but the protection departs when they depart.
The responsibility to protect is the responsibility of the individual. It is up to you to ensure you are always aware of your surroundings, are always aware of who is around you. You need to train your self to be observant and to be cautious. It is up to you to harden your property to make penetration of your home more difficult, and it up to you to train and be prepared to take any and all necessary actions to protect your self if the intruder does penetrate your defenses. This is my number one reason why gun control is a bad thing. If you are called upon to use deadly force to protect your self then it really doesn’t matter what the degree of the deadly force is. If you chose to arm your self with a handgun, or a shot-gun, or an assault weapon and if you need to use deadly force, it doesn’t matter what your weapon of choice is. If you kill someone, they are dead. Plan and simple. We need not worry that we might make them too dead because we used an assault rifle instead of a hand gun. Dead is dead.We cannot depend on government to protect us, so I cannot see how it is a good idea to give up our weapons to the same government that cannot protect us. We are not protected.
Be aware! Be alert! Be safe!
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?