I have refrained from saying anything anywhere about Orlando, but the interviews with the survivors call out for saying something. Because this kind of thing is happening more and more all over the world. (Click the image for a larger view.)
It happened in a gay bar in Orlando. It will happen in other kinds of places. You are not immune because you are straight. Or suburban. Or live in the Midwest. France has some of fairly strict gun-control laws, yet that hasn’t prevented attacks in that country.
This isn’t something that only happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” You live in the Real World™ not in Pleasantville.
The victims hid. And they pleaded for mercy. Neither worked.
Terrorists have no mercy. You need to remember that when you are telling yourself about how you are too civilized to accept rule number 4 below. (Insert quote from Kipling’s “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” here.) You can’t reason with people who are unreasonable. (And this isn’t about Islam. How exactly should an African American appeal for mercy to a member of the Klan? – who the last I checked were all white Protestants.) There isn’t always a negotiated settlement.
While hiding can be a good thing, if you are hiding you need to be preparing to fight (see the video Run, Hide, Fight). What are you going to do if your hiding place is discovered? Of course even if anyone had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, they are denied to folks in a bar. (Concealed weapons in a bar? That is just crazy – according to the people who hate weapons.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t fight with something.
The Rules above are from the following link: The Killhouse Rules | THE TRADE
1. NOBODY IS COMING TO SAVE YOU. Whether an event lasts a few seconds, a few hours, or even a few days – you have to work as though nobody is coming to save you.
2. You are your savior, so start working because EVERYTHING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. You are your security, you are your medic, you are your rescuer.
3. You are your own best resource to SAVE WHO NEEDS TO BE SAVED. Nobody wants to save your life more than you, so set yourself up for success by having the simple tools and knowledge to do so: do what you can with what you have. Recognize that nobody is in a better position to start saving your life than you.
4. Sometimes saving lives means you have to KILL WHO NEEDS TO BE KILLED. It has been almost 15 years since I first wrote “the more effective you are at taking a life, the more successful you’ll be at saving one” and nothing in the intervening time has changed my mind. Be swift, be decisive, be final.
5. Mostly, ALWAYS BE WORKING. There is always something you can be doing to improve your position. Always. Because nobody is coming to save you.
If you don’t think about this kind of thing now, when will you?