Halloween is a time of tricks and treats, ghouls and goblins, and things that go "bump" in the night. However, it can be a scary time for protecting yourself. Many famous slasher films depict serial killers stalking teenagers and cutting them down with knives or chainsaws. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were faced with a real life slasher? Could you out-scare the scariest of foes even on Halloween night?
How would you do it? In order to out-scare the scariest, you must be scarier. But how would you do that? In the face of scary violence, you must sometimes meet it with superior violence. Not chaotic violence like many slashers are depicted as perpetrating. No, your form of violence would be highly focused and specially targeted. Not random and chaotic; but make no mistake, it would be superior violence. Why? Because you have kids who are counting on you. You have a spouse who isn't ready to live the rest of their life without you and because you aren't ready to live without your spouse. You have a greater purpose.
How do you gain superior violence? Through training. Through training yourself in the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of combat and violence. Superior violence doesn't necessarily mean high gymnastic ability or that you must weigh 265 pounds of pure muscle. It means that you have basic physical and mental protective skills that you execute with extreme conviction when confronted with deadly force. The greatest barrier to protecting yourself is being indecisive. Should you or shouldn't you act? Should you or shouldn't you do this or that? I don't know. I don't know exactly what your situation will be but I do know that if you train now and take the time to go over the worst case scenarios in your mind and visualize yourself winning, it could make the difference between your survival or death.
How do you become the scariest thing on the block this Halloween? You commit to protecting yourself and loved ones with all your heart and will. You proactively look for ways to stay one step ahead of the prankster or slasher so that you can stop them before they hurt you. Most importantly, commit to getting the training you need to protect yourself and your loved ones now. Don't wait for something bad to happen. Don't hide in denial and say to yourself "There are no bad men out here" because you are lying to yourself. There are sick people out there. People like the teenager in this article who fatally shot his mother and sister. Why is this so sick? He told police he killed them after watching the horror film 'Halloween' 3 times. In order to combat this kind of scary violence you must be scarier than the attacker. You must be scarier because then you will not fear the attacker, for you will be the greater. Fight violence with superior violence. Fight violence with purpose driven violence.
Stay safe this Halloween. Be vigilant, stay alert and aware and be scarier than the attacker.
If you don't teach people what to do you are teaching them to do nothing." - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
So few act in the moment of truth simply because they don't know what to do. Indecision paralyzes them. Lack of training manifests as inaction. Most people walk about unarmed; their life-saving tools left at home, their mind dulled and un-sharpened. To survive one must be armed both mentally and physically. Have you trained? Trained for what? To fight when you must. Are you confident that when push comes to shove and you have no other recourse that you could fight for your life and the lives of those you love?
It is my mission and duty to instruct as many as possible in how to protect themselves. By strengthening you I help to strengthen our nation. When you become stronger you help strengthen the nation. Seek out training so that you have the mental and physical abilities to survive a deadly force encounter.
If you are reading this and you are a person who has expertise in personal protection of some form, I implore you to instruct and teach others. Help to strengthen the nation. Help to strengthen your communities. Take your radius of existence and make it a little bit safer. The bad man doesn't wait for us to get training and make our communities more secure. He is a threat now. We must act now. If you fail to teach the people around you, you are teaching them to do nothing. And 'nothing' is not a good response to violence. As any marksman knows, a stationary target is a dead target.
Warriors attack the attack. We must attack the attack against the enemies of our freedom and safety. Defiantly we must rise up to protect all that we deem most personal. If not you, then who? Ultimately, the only person responsible for your safety is yourself. Take charge of your security today. Whether you are poor or rich, white or black, old or young; it makes no difference. Everyone has the fundamental right to protect themselves. But you must take the initiative. You must take action. There are individuals like myself and many more like me who are determined to equip Americans with the tools they need to protect themselves. Get training. Don't wait until after violence has victimized you. You may not have a 2nd chance. Get the training now.
To your safety,
Assassins. Few things on the planet hold our attention as captive as they do. Hollywood has given us many notions about assassins; some accurate others completely exaggerated in order to glamorize them. Assassins perpetuate the type of violence we all fear: random, senseless and unprovoked. None of those terms accurately describe an assassin but that is a digression. Yes, we are scared of assassins and much of our attention is directed towards them, but the real question is 'why is that?'. Why is that when a far more common, pervasive and insidious form of violence affects millions of more people? Why do assassins like the Columbine and Virginia Tech murderers fascinate us so much when we are much more likely to be victimized right at home?
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 12 million women and men are victims of domestic violence each year in the United States. Sometimes the greatest threat lies within our walls. In honor of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am dedicating this blog to the victims of said violence.
Why then do assassins steal all our attention from domestic violence? After all, you are far more likely to be victimized by someone you know than by a truly unknown assassin. The truth is that we choose to focus more on the assassin because we intuitively know that we are unlikely to ever be victimized by the Unabomber, or Marilyn Manson, or Lee Harvey Oswald. We deliberately focus on them to distract us from the horrors of our own home. We don't focus on domestic violence precisely because it "hits close to home." To deal with it is to acknowledge its presence and that is too terrifying.
If we are to truly be warriors we must face our enemy on ALL fronts. We must protect ourselves from enemies both foreign and domestic. It starts first with our mindset. A mindset of choosing to love ourselves enough to not remain with those who abuse us. Warriors are humble and true humility fosters the environment for healthy self-love. This self-love will allow us to walk away from bad situations because we value our life enough to protect it. Be humble. Be a warrior.
I have the pleasure of knowing Tanya Brown, the younger sister of Nicole Brown Simpson (O.J. Simpson's murdered wife). She is committed to raising awareness for domestic violence so that other people do not have to suffer the same fate as her sister did. Anybody who wants more information and resources should check out her website: http://www.tanyabrown.net/
Why do I plug Tanya here? Because she has first hand experience that I do not. She can speak from experience and share powerful true stories that can greatly impact you. I was moved by her story when i heard her speak and I greatly enjoyed having conversations with her after her talk. I support what she is doing because she is helping with an aspect of violence that is dirty, secretive and hard to talk about. It is a messy job and I admire her for being willing to sink her hands into the filth. She is a warrior.
Until next time fellow warriors, Front Toward Enemy!
Why do some people choose to go into a school seeking to kill as many people as possible? What is the reason behind this? How do we stop them? When and where will the next massacre be? Easy questions to ask but very hard questions to answer. One thing is for certain. There is a cause. There is a thing that causes these murderers to commit these heinous atrocities. What is that thing?
"It's not about what's in their hand, it's about what's in their head." - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.
Without question, the tool these people hold in their hands is of little consequence. Firearms cannot be the cause. China has experienced several massacres with knives and axes. In December of 2012, a man in China stabbed 23 children and an elderly woman in a primary school. Weapons used in Chinese mass attacks include cleavers, box-cutters, knives and even an axe.
The largest mass murdering in history took place in Norway. The man killed 69 people and injured 110 more. He impersonated a police officer and was the only man on the island with a gun. Norway's gun laws didn't save them.
A brief browsing of the FBI statistics on weapons used in murders in the US from 2007-2011 include firearms of all sorts. However, I discovered that in each year listed, knives and cutting instruments killed more people than rifles. In fact, rifles and shotguns killed a combined 3918 people from 2007-2011 while knives and cutting instruments killed 8967 people in the same time frame. That's more than double those killed by rifles and shotguns combined.
The point here is this: Human beings will kill with incredible ingenuity. They don't need firearms. If one isn't present, we will make due with something else. 4,055 people were murdered from 2007-2011 with what the FBI calls "Personal Weapons" i.e.: hands, fists, feet, etc. and this doesn't count death by asphyxiation (that was listed as a separate category).
The tool is not why people murder. The tool is not the motivation behind a man deciding to kill 69 people at a youth camp in Norway. Nor is a knife the motivation behind why 24 people were stabbed at a Chinese primary school. The motivation is in the sick head's of the murderers. The common denominator all these incidents have is this: people.
People choose how to use the tools. A firearm used for hunting a deer suddenly becomes a life-giving tool to provide food with. A knife used as a scalpel in an operating room becomes a life saving tool. An axe used to chop firewood helps to give you fuel for a fire which gives you heat which can save your life if you are outdoors in the cold. All of these tools do as the person wielding them commands. They have no capacity to do anything of their own accord. They need a master.
Do not be fooled when someone says "Guns kill x number of people per year" or "knives kill ...". Those tools kill no one. Human beings kill human beings. Period. We desire to focus on the tool because it shields us from the reality that another human being chose to end the life of another person. We don't want to and can't think about that. It scares us too much. However, if we are to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we must face reality. The reality is that some people choose to kill other people. They willingly take up a tool (knife, gun, axe, poison, etc.) and kill with it. We must admit this if we are to protect ourselves.
Always remember that people kill due to sick mind's and souls. The tool is not the cause. The tool carries out the will of its master. A hammer can be used to build a home or crush someone's skull. Whether the hammer is building a house or smashing a skull, it is doing the same thing. It is being swung in the air and made to impact a target. That's it. The only thing that changes is the target. The person has chosen to hit another person instead of hitting the nail. The tool hasn't changed, but the target and the intention of the person wielding it has.
"It's not about what is in their hand, it's about what is in their head." - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.
I had the great privilege of listening to Lt. Col. (RET) Dave Grossman speak this past week. The Col. is a former Army Ranger and Psychology Professor at West Point. He uses his specialized knowledge to inform people about the realities of combat, both physically and mentally. But that is not why I am writing today. Today, I want to share a story that he told at the end of his speech that I found very powerful. The following is my paraphrase of the Col's story:
It was a cold December day during WWII in the Ardennes Forest. The Germans were making a surprise offensive. The ensuing battle of which became known as the Battle of the Bulge. The US troops were getting their tails kicked and the enemy had them on the run. Reinforcements were needed, so the Army Rangers were called in; the 82nd Airborne Division. As it happened, a US tank was fleeing from the German offensive when he saw a lone man standing in the middle of the road. The Sergeant in the tank could tell that this was a US soldier. The soldier had a bazooka slung over his shoulder and his rifle in his hands. He looked stoic, like an immovable marble statue. The man was PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. The tank rolled to a stop and PFC Martin asked the Sergeant inside the tank "Hey buddy, are you looking for a safe place?" And the Sergeant said "Why yes, yes we are." To which PFC Martin calmly but confidently replied "Then pull your vehicle behind me. I'm the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going."
To hear Col. Grossman tell this story is to get goosebumps of a profound kind. The US won the Battle of the Bulge. It was a battle that perhaps saved the entire Western world. The courage and conviction showed by PFC Martin is indicative of the Army Rangers but it can also be indicative of you. You can be a PFC Martin for your family friends. When chaos surrounds you and the enemy is advancing, will you cower and be another victim or will you be the one to say to people "Hey buddy, you looking for a safe place? Then get behind me." Get behind me and be protected. I have resolved to be this person. Have you? Have you trained and prepared to the best of your ability in order to protect those you love? Prepare and train now so that when violence rears its ugly head you can say to those you love "Hey buddy, are you looking for a safe place? Then get behind me. Because I'm a warrior. And this is as far as the bastards are going."
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.