I was out for my usual walk with my dog when a thought occurred to me. It’s a thought that I’ve had several times before but, with terrorism on the rise and recent events around the globe it took on new meaning. I normally use the time to pray but, intermixed with praying I found myself contemplating how I would ensure the safety of my dog and myself should someone attempt harm while on our walk. It really doesn’t matter how they are attempting to harm me or my dog just that they are attempting to harm us. Here is what I came up with:
First off, they need to see you in order to harm you. Regardless of what tool they are using (car, firearm, baseball bat, knife, explosives, etc.), they first need to focus on you before they can harm you. The rule of thumb here is, if they cannot see you, they cannot harm you!
Let’s take a car for example. The terrorist would need to be able to see you in order to steer the car toward you. If the terrorist is using a firearm, they need to see in order to aim the weapon at their intended target. If it’s a baseball bat, they would still need to see you in order to hit you. If it’s a knife, the perpetrator would need to see where he/she was stabbing before the attack would be worthwhile.
Now, I know what you are thinking… explosives are something where they don't need to see you in order to detonate them. While this is true, the perpetrator still needs to know that detonating the explosive device is going to hurt or kill the intended targets. For this reason, most terrorists have eyes on the area where the explosive device is going to be detonated. If for example, no one was around the area(s) where the explosives were to be detonated, it would be pointless to set them off in the first place. If no one is around, no one would be harmed.
So what’s the remedy? Put as many obstacles as you can between you and the perpetrator. Signs, trees, telephone poles, wires, houses and yes even cars can save your life. It is better to live to fight another day than to be killed by a ruthless, thoughtless, neanderthal would doesn’t care about anyone nor anything. Having a firearm with you is always a good thing however, I would rather be a live “coward” then a dead victim. A pistol that is carried with you is no match for a professional or a mentally ill person with a high powered rifle, assault rifle or sniper rifle, ballistics matter! Retreating may be the best option so that you can regroup, call law enforcement and/or take out the attacker on your terms rather than theirs.
Never underestimate the attacker! You may have a low opinion of someone who is bent on harming or killing another human being however, don’t let this lull you into complacency. Assuming that your attacker is “stupid” is just the upper hand that he/she may need to do you or your loved ones harm. Assuming that law enforcement is going to get there before the attacker is able to do you harm may be wrong. Given the fact that most law enforcement agencies are stretched thin, it may be 15 or 20 minutes or more before any law enforcement arrives on scene. How much “harm” can a perpetrator do in that time? Is it enough time to take the life of you and/or someone you love? Is it enough time to cause lasting scars on you or your loved ones? If for example you wife or daughter was raped before your very eyes in that 15 or 20 minutes would it matter that law enforcement arrested the perpetrator? If someone you love were killed in that time, would it matter that law enforcement arrested the person(s) responsible? If your Son was raped, beaten or killed in that time, would it make you feel better that the perpetrator was arrested? Would it erase the scars? Would it bring back you or your loved one?