Good morning Street Survivors and welcome back.
Does anybody else feel like we’re moving at Mach 2 with our hair on fire ? Every time we meet on these pages lately it seems some other major event has taken place at the National level. Between rioters, police stations being overrun and burned, anarchists and political extremists joining with domestic terrorists to take over blocks of major cities, we’re seeing violence at an unprecedented level. In addition to this madness, we have politicians ready to defund or completely dismantle their police departments! The anarchy has reached new levels in American society.
These attacks across so many large cities have threatened to expand into the rural areas where many of us live and raise our families. The organization of these groups shows that money is being paid to advance the chaos, and supplies are being ordered and delivered just in time for riots to take place! How many police officers have been injured or killed? How many small businesses have been destroyed, never to return? Certainly, America is at a cross-roads as different factions fight for our future. The U.S. Army Special Forces Motto: De Oppresso Liber translates to ‘We Liberate the Oppressed’. Never in our history was this expected to apply to Americans on our own soil!
The preparations we have made and discussed in this column over the past decade, are exactly what we need to face these new threats. When natural disasters, terrorist attacks or man-made calamities occur, the police and emergency medical services are often incapable of handling the demands. As First Responders for our families and loved ones, we must secure our homes and provide for the defense needed.
During my Street Survival Training courses, I include a section called Improvised Weapons. I define these as everyday items in your home, office or school that have a completely different purpose in your daily life, but at times of distress, can be turned immediately into a defensive tool in the right hands. One of the most powerful of these weapons that you may need to learn how to use is your personal or work vehicle. Imagine a 4,000 lb. vehicle with incredible power and how it can be used to escape a rapidly growing and violent crowd. Recent attacks on both police and civilian vehicles have ended in serious injuries and death because the driver stopped the car. Defensive driving teaches how to escape at a slow but deliberate speed, sometimes using reverse and changing direction as needed. It goes without saying that windows must be fully up, and doors locked.
During these dark and evil times, it’s easy to be discouraged, so let me shine a little light on the situation. My local pastor spoke this past Sunday from the Good Book and focused on the 12th Chapter of Romans. The specific words that spoke to me came from verses 9 and 13 about not pretending to love others, but to really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Also, in 13, when God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
We need each other in the good times and the bad, and as you read in Romans 12, you’ll see that we can have a Confident Hope that better days are ahead, and God will be with us. Keep the Faith, practice your Situational Awareness to avoid danger when possible rather than trying to find a way out once you’re surrounded by it.
Stay safe, stay smart, stay prepared!
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 !
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