Yesterday, there was a protest in downtown Chicago. Seems to have gone rather peacefully, so many of you probably didn’t hear anything about it. If you watch the news reports closely, you’ll find protests are more common than you might think. For every “big” protest that becomes violent, there are many smaller ones with the same potential.
It doesn’t matter whether you agree/support their cause or not, being in or around a protest can be very dangerous. I cringe at those fools who bring their children to such an event; talk about child-endangerment.
On one side of the spectrum, you have the protests, and on the other, you have the increasing terrorist incidents. Whether the authorities actually call them a terrorist attack or not is inconsequential – dead is still dead. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in these types of events, and they’re not likely to stop anytime soon. The conditions causing them still exist and does not look to change in the near future.
Given this, take the steps to ensure you and your family’s safety. Education, training, equipping are key. Teach your kids what to do in an active shooter situation at school. You and your spouse need to know what you’re going to do if it happens at your workplace. Again, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a disgruntled employee or a terrorist, you need to have a plan of action.
If you have the ability, you should carry a gun, whether openly or CCW. Gun-free zones cause the greatest number of casualties, while citizens who shoot back end the confrontation nearly immediately (though it’s unlikely to hear that reported accurately). Many police and sheriffs around the country are openly asking people to be armed daily, as they know we’re going to see more terrorist shootings and the fastest way to stop it is to kill them ASAP. Police can’t be everywhere, it’s up to us.