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Rethinking my Personal Security

January 26, 2015

I need to extend my thanks to Bayou Renaissance Man, whose writings have done more to waken me from my lethargy than any other single person. Thanks to him I have rethought my entire personal and family security plan, keeping the parts that seem appropriate and changing or updating others as needed. While I don’t share all the specifics with everyone (it’s an OPSEC kind of thing, for me), I do want to share some parts that I think are pertinent for many people I know.

One of the biggest problems I came to see with my security plan was…me. I had become complacent (one of my friends, a former Marine calls it “fat and happy syndrome”).

  • I’ve increased and improved my firearms training. Now, I go to the range at least once per month. I’m also re-entering the world of combat firearms training.
  • I’ve returned to the gym. “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war” is true and applicable to almost any situation that involves physical conflict or violence.
  • I’ve replaced all the locks on my house with much more robust ones. I haven’t done so under the impression that they will stop a determined intruder. Rather, they will require a few more precious seconds and more noise before entry can be gained.
  • I don’t drive the same car every day, or take the same route when I travel.
  • I am armed, in some fashion, every waking moment.
  • I’m practicing alertness, once again. It’s amazing how much more you notice. Not just bad stuff, mind you, but good stuff, too. I had almost forgotten how much pretty stuff there is out there…
  • I think, I train and I plan, every day.

On a related note, that bastion of research excellence we call Wikipedia lists the terrorist attacks, worldwide for this year (2015). Today is the 25th of January. Per Wikipedia there have been 23 events so far, this year. That is almost one per day. I am not inclined to lay blame for this simply at the feet of Islam. While such an answer is simple (and that simplicity makes it appealing) it flies in the face of my experience. I’ve been privileged to know many Muslims. Like individuals who are members of almost every other group, the vast and overwhelming majority of them were just regular people. They love their families, work hard at their jobs and want their kids to have better lives than theirs. What they don’t do is think it’s okay to terrorize, harm or kill those with whom they disagree. That distinction belongs to a perhaps sizable minority whose targets are often other Muslims with whom they disagree. This suggests that such actions committed “in the name of Islam” or to “avenge the Prophet” are motivated by something other than devotion to Islam and the teachings of the Quran. Surely, it wouldn’t be the first time outrageous atrocities have been perpetrated by evil men under the guise of religious zeal. I suspect that resistance to the idea that these acts are the actions of fringe groups is resisted by some because it’s much easier to treat people as a group than it is to treat them as individuals. All that said, it is foolish for the world to accept as “the way things are now” terrorism that commits atrocities at the rate of almost one per day.

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