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Sunday Evening Thoughts

While the media coverage both the Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX active-killer events, there are families who are planning funerals, there are LEO's who are placed on admin leave post OIS (officer involved shooting), and there are plenty of pundits, politicians and know-nothings who are on the networks giving their unqualified opinion on these two shootings.  The question we keep hearing, and some keep asking is, "how can we stop this?"  What if I told you that there is no way to stop it.  What if I told you that humans have been killing each other since the first homo-sapiens evolved from homo-erectus, and even before that.  Multiples of people being killed from one event is not something which is new or something which needs laws to stop, it is already illegal to murder someone else unlawfully, what new law is going to stop another active-killer event from happened? None.  Zero.  No new laws will, ever.

There are a several variations of this quote, "to ignore evil to become accomplice to it" - MLK, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke, "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." - Einstein, and several others.  The point is that the only way these types of events continue to occur in frequency is if those committing them believe there will be no resistance or possibility of immediate consequences in the form of a two way range. Back in 2014 I wrote an article called "Get In The Fight" and most of the points are still directly applicable, I just wanted to touch on a few others concepts here.

There will be evil people, and as such there will be good people.  You can think of it as any yin yang type of comparison, but there will be both, and you can rest assured of that.  Your goal, if you so choose to seek it, should be to be a good person, who takes active part in their safety and welfare.  You should take active responsibility for your local community, your family and your tribe as you see the need arise.  If that means buying an extra tourniquet, or carrying more hemostatic gauze, then so be it.  Once you choose to be a responsible armed citizen you no longer have the ability to be ignorant of those outside your circle, you have a duty to yourself and your honor, first and foremost, after all.

The majority of people are in the middle, they could be good or evil, they don't know because a situation hasn't given them the need to test their ethics yet, but if you are reading this post, and you frequent this site, you are probably one of those types of people who take training seriously and want to do good things to keep people safe.  As such you need to act accordingly.  There is no "off day" or reduced carry type situation, you should always be carrying your tools and accept the responsibility which you have the ability to effect if the situation arises.  You should make this part of your way of life.  El Paso, Dayton, and numerous others are just names of cities and places which could easily have been your city, your area, which directly effect you.  Carry your tools, train effectively, sharpen your mind, be vigilant and stay ready.