Episode 19: Crime, Be Aware, Nonlethal Force, & The Brain…
Crime – Threats to our survival
Crime will probably increase more over the next couple of years
Desperate people, doing desperate things
Few, if no choices left/economy spiraling downward
NFP numbers are worthless, millions of people out of workforce or underemployed
Reading body language
What can be learned from the Zimmerman/Martin tragedy, nonlethal weapons, firearms training, knowing state laws
Crime will continue to increase as the economy declines. Every individual should be aware of their surroundings and other people in their vicinity. This is NOT paranoia, as the possibility of real danger is and will increase.
In the military this concept is deemed situational awareness. As civilians, we need to become adept at this type of thinking. Possible threats from other people can be determined in advance by reading body language and personal behavior.
As the economy deteriorates, people will increasingly become more desperate. Survival will become harder and people will look to take away from others. This is the reality of the world of today and the future, as the US slowly succumbs to third world status over the next decade.
Jobs will continue to be scarce as a result of the current economic depression. The NFP(non farm payroll) numbers are a joke and do not represent the number of people who have left the workforce. Millions of people have simply given up looking for employment. If a person has not found work after six months of unemployment, than the chances that person will find future employment drops dramatically.
Unfortunately, incidents like the death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman will continue to happen in the future. Throw out the racial perspective to this case and look at it from the perspective of two combatants engaged in conflict. The determining factor to this engagement was from the use of a firearm.
But this engagement might of not happened if Zimmerman did not pursue Martin, and simply let law enforcement intervene in the matter. Additionally, nonlethal defense measures might have been used before the use of lethal force. As a result, a child’s life was tragically lost.
However, I was not there on the night of the shooting and I cannot pass judgement on someone who was defending themselves. Every individual needs to make decisions for themselves if they feel that their life is in danger. That is why training in the use of nonlethal weapons, martial arts, being physical fit, and simply using our brains is so important. Sometimes, a person should just walk away before a conflict erupts.
In closing for today, we will have to make judgments for ourselves in order to determine possible threats; rather real or perceived. Practicing situational awareness everyday will help to deter most confrontations. Remember, our brain is our most powerful alley. Please do not be afraid to use it.