Ed-vise: Worse Before Better

A hardened coconut oil GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, must have been cold last night cause the coconut oil for the coffee this morning was hard. And, of course, it rained. But, enough of that!

What Would You Do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s WEDNESDAY! And I do love WEDNESDAYS!

Well, it happened again.

This time, someone was ready.

Over the weekend, a person filled with hate drove to Tops Grocery with his AR rifle. He was dressed for battle. Meaning he had on a kevlar vest and helmet.

When he exited his vehicle he immediately started shooting. Then he entered the store and was shot by a retired police officer, Aaron Salter. Salter was hired as security for the store. Salter’s bullets could not penetrate the body armor. The shooter killed Salter. Then the shooter went on to kill 10 people. Ten.

He live streamed it but I cannot find the video as the social media platforms have done a pretty good job of taking it down.

Interesting that the usual “Thoughts and Prayers” tweets haven’t been as voluminous from Congress as before.

I have no criticism whatsoever of the victims nor Mr. Salter. None. For those of us left behind, we must dissect and learn from this event and ask ourselves What Would You Do.

Back in 1997, two men robbed a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood. The bank is still there. Corner of Archwood and Laurel Canyon.

These two were dressed for battle. Body armor and helmets along with combat arms. When the initial response of police shot at them, the bullets didn’t penetrate. The two kept on shooting and wounding people until SWAT showed up and took them both out.

Shootings in Good Ol’ ‘Murica are NOT going to stop. Furthermore, I think they are going to get worse. As each shooting happens, I think the next shooter is paying attention and learning what to do and what not to do.

Don’t believe me? The shooter in Buffalo had no military training. Yet, he knew how to use the rifle, how to modify it, and how to dress for combat. He knew his target. It was not random. He reviewed the target location days prior to his actions (cased the joint). He learned all of this from somewhere. The next shooter is learning from this and studying it.

We have been given what Gavin De Becker called “The Gift of Fear.” In order to use it, we must PAY ATTENTION to our surroundings. I do love my social media stuff. I get it. It’s addictive to look at. I’m just as guilty of scrolling mindlessly through feeds while in line at the store. I get it.

The stuff I write here is just as much for me as it is for you. So, put the phone aside and look around. Realize where you are and the always present possibility of danger. In fact, next time you are standing in line, look around and count the number of people on their phones. It might amaze you.

It will get worse…if we let it get worse. Ask yourself What Would You Do in a situation. The solution can become the prevention.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember to get the attention of a cowgirl you must…A-TRACTOR!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHA…Moooo! Thanks College! Another GOOD ONE!


Published by edhlaw

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