Wednesday, April 18, 2007

VA Tech

Like many of you, I was distressed to hear of the massacre at Virginia Tech. Terrible. Tragic. Just as these young adults are getting ready to enter society for real; just as they are about to become productive members of society; just as their parents are about to see all of their blood, sweat, and tears rewarded with the “launching” of their beloved child – some idiot kills them.

I am glad he is dead.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

What do you want to bet he was on some mood altering, prescribed drug like Ritalin, Prozac, etc? That seems to be a common thread in these types of shootings.

So how could a guy with two pistols kill so many people? We are talking about young adults in their physical prime. Sheeple. Oh, I know – terrible thing to say. Got it. We have raised a generation of wimps.

My son is in college. He is a well-rounded, bright young man. Physically fit. He has never been in a fight. None of his friends have ever been in a fight. Every male I know of my generation got into at least one fight growing up. If we got into a fight in school we either got whacked with a paddle by the vice principal or suspended for 3 days. Nowadays if a kid gets in a fight he will be charged with assault. By the District Attorney.

“Violence is not the answer.” “Can’t we all just get along?” “Let’s discuss this.” “Just do what he says and nobody will get hurt.” Our young people are malleable. Our men are being psychologically emasculated.

If you have not already done so, scroll down and read, “When it’s time to move – MOVE!” I wish some of those students had read it. Remember 9-11? How did just a few terrorists take down 3 planes? My mother spoke to me the next day and said, “Oh Joey, I know you would have done something on that plane.” I shocked her when I said I would have done nothing.

Why? I’m trained, I’m skilled. Why “do nothing”? Because before 9-11 if one was on a plane that was hijacked the way it typically went down was this: The plane lands somewhere and taxis off to an isolated place. Passengers are all jammed into one section and no one is allowed to look around, get out of their seat, etc. Negotiations start. Authorities stall. It get’s hot on the plane. The toilets overflow. People urinate in their seats. People get thirsty, hungry, and negotiations drag on. Maybe the terrorists get mad and cap a passenger to show they mean business. Odds are, it won’t be you. Eventually, they either let everyone go, or the men in black storm the plane, kill all the bad guys and save the vast majority of good guys. So, the best thing to do in that situation (then) was just be “the gray man” and not draw attention to yourself.

But on 9-11 the rules changed. Those brave people on flight 93 figured out what was going on – I think they found out over their cell phones – and they knew these terrorists were a new breed not interested in negotiating. “Let’s Roll!. Good for them. They deserve our respect.

I pity the fool (not really) who tries to hijack a plane anymore. And as long as I’m on this – the only reason knives worked to hijack those planes was because everyone was working under the old paradigm. Can you imagine what would happen if some idiot stood up on a plane today with a pocket knife and said, “Allah akbar – I’m seizing this plane in the name of...”. He would be taken down by the passengers. He would be taken down even if he had an AK47. So why can I not carry my Swiss Army knife on a plane anymore? But I digress...

Same with robberies. Used to be the bad guy would flash a gun, take your money or watch or whatever and then run away. That is not the case so much anymore. Nowadays, after they have control, they may decide to cap you, or take your daughter, or whatever.

It’s a big scary world out there people. Wake up!

We need good, law-abiding citizens to be allowed to carry handguns wherever and whenever they want. Bad guys do. Ever hear, "I'd rather be tried by twelve, than carried by six?" It is your duty to protect yourself and those loved ones weaker than you.

We need public service announcements, we need mandatory training in schools, we need preachers preaching from the pulpit that it is okay to have righteous indignation. It is okay to fight back. In fact – it is mandatory to fight back.

Do not get on your knees.
Do not turn and face the wall.
Do not let yourself be restrained.

For most people in most instances of this type of horrible crime the correct reaction is flight. Immediate, unhesitating flight. Run away! If you cannot run away – fight back. Immediate, unhesitating, vicious, fighting back. If you are going to die anyway – you might as well die fighting. Chances are though, that if just a handful of people decide, “Hell no! We are not going down like this” and fight back – it will save a lot of lives.

Be a man.
Be a woman.
You are a human being and you have self worth. You deserve to Be. Do not let some scumbag take your life. Run or fight. Do not cower.

1 Comments:

At 19/4/07 22:42, Blogger Bryan said...

Awesome post. Thank-you much for writing it.

 

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