I want to personally thank Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, for their bravery and resistance to being victims of another yet lone wolf, extremist attack. I am proud to be a ex service member myself and I know the courage it takes to look danger in the face and not to subdued by it. They did something that I don’t think many of us would have done in that situation, take action without thinking and walk into harms way to save others. I personally think they deserve the Medal of Honor from our President for their unselfish actions. We as a country should honor these brave Americans. But I doubt that will ever happen.
I first off want to commend these brothers in arms for standing up and putting their own lives in danger to save the lives of others. Though that is what Service members do isn’t it? Weather it be in or out of uniform we take a oath and most of us stand by it, live by it and believe in it. While wearing the American Military uniform is a badge of training, we all have got to start opening our eyes and realize that this is the real world we live in today.
I remember a day when I went to school and felt safe. I remember a time when it was safe to play outside as a kid. I remember riding my bike at age 10 across town to Wal-Mart on my own to pick up groceries, or that new video game on my own. Heck if there was anywhere I wanted to go I got there on my bike until I turned 16 and was able to drive then I still rode the tires off it. I didn’t have a care in the world, and my parents didn’t have to worry because I always made it home safe, sometimes a little bruised up. But heck it never stopped me from going out and doing it again the next day. Times are a lot different than back when I was young and we need to start thinking about that in our everyday life.
So what would you do if you found yourself in a situation where it is life or death? How many of us would just try to close our eyes and hope it will go away? How may of us are trained to handle such situations? How many even pay attention enough to their surroundings that they would spot something out of the ordinary? These are all questions that run through my head as I listen to this story.
We live in dangerous times, even though we have a President who would like to tell us other wise, or blame gun owners on every bad thing that happens. As I start to write this post I have to curb my enthusiasm a little because I realize this could be a 1000 page article with all that is wrong in this world and the causes of it. I personally have traveled internationally and have been to 49 of 50 states. And yes I have seen some stuff that would make some run and hide. Truth of the matter is danger is everywhere, from our playgrounds, to our malls, to our workplace, our streets, and yes even in our own bed at night we aren’t safe anymore. It is time to wake up America, and realize the dangers we are facing are real and only becoming more of a regular thing. The time to prepare is today and we must quit the “it won’t happen to me” attitude.
So what are we going to do to change how we think, act and stop these types of people from winning? This is a war we can’t afford to let extremists win. There is far too much at stake, for us as individuals and as a country. I walk up and down the street and everyone has ear buds in their ears and that blank look on their face. If you try to say hi they don’t even hear you. So how are they going to know someone is approaching and about to slit their throat? Sounds extreme doesn’t it, wake up how many people have to die before we as a country make changes to how we act in our day to day life to help protect each other from the dangers lurking around every corner, or walking up to us on the street. I want to explain right now I am not trying to scare anyone but to just make you stop and think next time you pop your ear buds in and turn on your music as you walk down a crowded street how well are you paying attention to your surroundings?
If someone stops a car and kidnaps the child in front of you, would you be able identify what the kidnapper looked like or get the license plate #? Would you be able to describe the man who just opened fire and killed 50 people in front of you? Think about the Boston bombing? or Chattanooga, TN? And not to forget the big one with an anniversary coming up 9/11 World Trade Centers.. Remember Security is everyone’s job. Only you can prevent bad things from happening, homeland security is all our obligation and duty… Are you prepared?
Stay tuned more posts to come…. comments or questions welcome….
So is America turning soft? What are your thoughts?
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