I don’t know about you, but over the last year or so I have become increasingly disciplined regarding my situation awareness. When I get out of my car, I look around to see where everyone is. When I walk out the door, I look around to see where everyone is. When I walk into a place, I look around. I know where the doors and exits are. I see where everyone is, who comes in after me. If I see someone that looks or behaves oddly, I keep an eye on them.
Since the attacks in Paris, I have been thinking about posting a poll about how you feel these days, but I can’t quite get the questions down. So…I’ll just ask:
How do you feel these days? Safe? Less safe? Are you afraid to go to public venues? Malls? Movie theaters? Soft targets?
I have to go to New York City for a charity event in December and so I was talking by phone with a friend there about taking in the new Star Wars movie on opening night. Afterward, out of curiosity, I brought up a movie schedule website to see where in Manhattan it would be playing. Then it hit me: opening night of Star Wars… in Manhattan… in a movie theater. Soft tempting terror target? You bet. “Do I really want to do that?”, I thought.
At IJReview, Erick Erickson has some thought provoking comments.
After Paris, I Want to Take My Gun to Star Wars
I have never worried or fretted about things like this. Even after the Aurora, CO, shooting at the “Dark Knight Rises” showing, I never once worried about going to a theater and getting shot. I have taken the view of Stonewall Jackson that, believing in God, I am as safe on the battlefield as I am in my bed. Of course, Stonewall Jackson was killed on the battlefield.
After the events of Paris and in light of the unvetted Syrian refugees coming into this country, I am rather nervous about going to the opening day of “Star Wars.” If I were a terrorist and wanted to find a large, unsecured gathering of Americans without arms, I would show up with a bomb at the local cinema on opening day of “Star Wars.”
Most theaters have policies that prohibit their patrons from carrying guns in. Gun owners, law abiding folks that they are, then tend to leave their guns in their cars when they go to the movies. [In NYC people are denied their 2nd amendment rights.] A terrorist or nut job ignoring the law could do a lot of damage before anyone could respond. A terrorist with an undetected bomb strapped to himself could do even more damage.
There are no metal detectors at the theater.
I would like to find a theater in my area that allowed concealed carry permit holders to bring their guns to the movies. In Brazil, crime has gotten so bad, the government has now passed a wide ranging gun liberalization law. The citizens can now carry guns to defend themselves since the government has been unable to protect them. [That’s the case in a growing number of American cities.] At American theaters, the American citizens should be put in the same position as Brazilian citizens. We should be allowed to arm ourselves to protect ourselves.
I typically am never worried about these things. The stories tend to be remote. [These things always happen to someone else… until they happen to you.] They tend to not bother me. But in Paris, the terrorists went to a music concert and went to a soccer game. They went where unarmed masses were and where security was poor. The terrorists at the soccer game were stopped by security nonetheless. But that was not the case at the theater.
Read the rest there.
Whether you are a gun owner or not, a gun carrier or not, and even if you are an opponent of gun ownership, it seems to me that we all need to exercise real prudence these days and situational awareness. If everyone were more alert when out and about (rather than keeping eyes glued to the damn phone screen with loud music in ear buds), bad guys would have a harder time making people into victims.
I say, make it really hard for bad guys to do their bad guy things. Make it dangerous for them. Make them want to be somewhere else.
Have you changed anything in your life because of the fear of terrorist attacks or rising crime? Have you had a serious conversation about any of these things with a friend or a loved one?
And remember… GO TO CONFESSION!