The First Preventer

9/11, San Bernardino, Boston Marathon, Pulse night club, Columbine, Newton, and just recently, Las Vegas. All places of that trigger emotional heartbreaking memories. We are left with tragic pictures of the faces of the deceased, the lucky survivors, and the heroic FIRST responders.

Rape, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, carjacking, domestic violence, battery, home invasion, strangulation, stabbing, vehicular homicide. FIRST responders are also called to react when any of these things happen.

Why doesn’t the second list get the same emotional reaction as the first list? After all, the first list of occurrences is must less than the countless innocent victims are targeted daily who fall prey to the second list. Nobody really hears about the daily attacks that innocent people face around the country and around the world. This is why nobody really “cares” about these victims. The bigger the body count, the higher the publicity, the higher the publicity, the more people care, the easier it is to push through an agenda.

When we face some kind of tragedy or violence against us, the 911 is called at the police, paramedics and/or fire fighters are called. They are our first responders. While we should be thankful that these men and women put their lives on the line daily to protect us, they can only be that, FIRST responders.

Our goal should be to avoid having the need for first responders. We MUST be first PREVENTERS! We have to take the initiative to protect ourselves from predators. They see us as prey. Nobody else will (unless we have a lot of money to shelter ourselves from the rest of the world and hire 24/7 body guards).

We cannot depend on the first responders (or the government) to save us. It’s not practical. They are responders. We are preventers. It is our duty to protect ourselves, our families, and our loved ones. The police officers’ goal when starting a shift is to actually finish the shift and return home to their loved ones. That must be our goal. We cannot be complacent. We cannot have the mentality that “this will never happen to me.” Every victim of any crime had the “it can’t happen to me” mentality until it happened to them. At that point they decided to do something prevent it happening to them again.

We can’t wait to become victims before deciding we do not want to be victims. At that point, it is too late. We do not want to go through life suffering through a traumatic event with the compounding the feeling that we were not prepared do anything to stop it.

So how do we become first preventers? Embrace the second amendment. Pick up arms. People assume that “arms” are only firearms. In actuality, arms are whatever we can use to defend ourselves. Maybe you practice MMA, maybe you want pepper spray, maybe you want want a taser, and maybe you want a firearm. The choice is up to us (each individual preventer) on how we defend ourselves based on timing and situation.

Regardless of how we decide to defend ourselves from the predators that lurk in the shadows, we must train ourselves. We train to fight and we fight to win, we win to live another day. Train! Train! Train! We do not want the first responders picking us up off the floor or putting us in a body bag. It is our duty and our duty alone to prevent ourselves from being the predator’s next victim.