Greetings again Street Survivors as we face another horrible attack on innocents as they worship together, ironically at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, PA. Eleven killed including a husband and wife, and two brothers, but all part of a family community taking part in their peaceful religious ceremonies. There is no safe place any longer, we must be prepared to fight and survive no matter if we are in a school, a church or a day care center! A hundred years ago when I was growing up, you had to find the roughest bar in town to see any kind of violence, and it pales on the scale to the deadly attacks taking place today. Therefore, we train, to develop skills necessary to deal with the evil that does exist in the world, not just to hide from it with fingers crossed that it won’t happen to those we love. Read the stories of the survivors and project yourself into the situation they faced. Is hiding behind furniture, or playing dead the answer in dealing with this violence? If a trained person or team had been on site, would more lives be saved? Almost certainly is my expert answer.
The message is finally getting out that this problem is part of the fabric of our society now, and we need to take a brutal look at solutions. Some local churches, youth and senior centers are working with police and security experts to create their own internal solutions partly made up of members and volunteers. Ask your church and school administrators how you can participate in putting a survival plan in place. The reason these cowards attack churches and schools is because they know they are ‘gun-free’ zones and don’t expect a violent response to their attack. The final solution will consist of many factors from improved door and window security, trained staff and volunteers, new procedures and regular training to keep everybody sharp. As I’ve said many times in this column, you don’t buy a piano and instantly become Billy Joel. The same principle holds true to buying a gun, or creating an emergency plan for your home, church or school. It must be practiced, polished and improved as circumstances change.
Prayers and condolences of course go out to those that lost loved ones and had their lives changed forever, but also for us that remain, that we will take this opportunity to take positive steps in securing our own future, and those around us. The Boy Scouts of America chose their excellent motto: BE PREPARED back in 1907 which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your Duty.
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Rick ‘Pirate Hunter’ Grover strongly believes we’re all in this together, and the more we learn and train, the better we’ll be prepared for any eventuality. This makes all of us part of an amazing neighborhood team of American Patriots. God Bless America ! ♦