jeffmay | 01 January, 2016 18:22
It’s Time to Believe
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.” “I didn’t believe that they were gunshots.” ”We didn’t understand what was happening.” “How can something like this happen here?”
These are some of the things that were said about the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France and Riverside, California. The people involved in these horrific events over and over, expressed feelings of disbelief. While these attacks were horrible, to say that they were unbelievable is akin to burying your head in the sand like an ostrich. Unfortunately, this is the reality of our society. ISIS and their followers have an agenda, the eradication of anyone who does not see the world through their lens.
If we are to prevail through these attacks on our unarmed, innocent population we must “arm” that population with training. The first part of that training is mindset. The idea that attacks like these will not take place in our city, our town, our mall, or our school must stop. We as a populace must understand that these attacks can occur anywhere and at any time, to any one of us. We must arm ourselves with information and teach our mind to “believe” that the sounds it is hearing are the sounds of violence and act.
Once we believe that these events can take place around us we need to take measures to learn what to do once they do happen…We MUST TRAIN. Training does not mean learning combat and weapons tactics or becoming a black belt. Training means education, learning, and believing that someday you might be face to face with evil. The best way to train your mind to react in these situations is play the, “If-Then game”. That is to say, “If…someone walks into the lobby of my office with a gun. Then…I will either flee to safety or fight.” Observe your surrounds at all times, pay attention, and have a plan. When you walk into a building look around and see what is happening. This act of paying attention to the world around you will dramatically increase your chances of survival. Also, always look for and know the locations of all the exits wherever you are. These simple steps of learning, paying attention, and having a plan are critical and will transform you from being a victim into a survivor.
Riverside will not be the last time that terrorism is seen on our shores, far from it. It is time we all believe that this evil is out there and arm ourselves with knowledge. APEX SCF offers the training ordinary citizens desperately need in order to combat and survive the evil of terrorist and active shooters. Sign up today and learn from our cadre of experienced and caring sheepdogs so that the next time the wolf tries to terrorize he is met with a flock that all have fangs of their own.