**This was originally posted on my other blog, Oh HorseFeathers.
This post is probably not going to be what most of you were expecting from me.
I am not going to fire away on the increasingly heated debates flying
back and forth over our Second Amendment Rights. For those of you who
understand the phrase, MOLON LABE and know what the three percenters
are, you already know my stance. No further words need be spoken.
I am not going to dabble in the ever deepening waters of the conspiracy theorists either.
I am not going to ask why the incident in CT happened. Nor the one in
Portland, nor any of the other events spaced over the years.
I am going to TRY to provide you with some education. Note the *try*
part there please, as one will only learn what one wishes to.
I am going to point out some facts.
And I am going to try and help you understand how to protect yourself
and your loved ones. And no, I am not going to jump up and down
screaming that you need to run right out and purchase a firearm- that is
a decision that only YOU can make for yourself.
For your initial consideration, I'd like to point out that Cain slew Abel with a rock.
Yes- once again I have brought up religion. I know- horrible, isn't it?
The point though, is that Evil Resides In The Heart Of Man. Not an inanimate object.
It takes the hand of man to make the inanimate object perform his
desired task. If Man has designs to hurt, maim or kill you, he will. End
of discussion. We do not, nor do I think we ever will, know or
understand what drives some people to cause such drastic, horrible harm
to others. Dwelling on that seems to be an exercise in futility.
Instead, grieve for those we have lost in recent times and times gone
by. Pray for those affected by this latest tragic act.
Next on the list for your consideration, I offer this:
Pertaining to the CT incident ONLY:
- Glock is NOT an assault weapon. It is not an automatic. They do not
offer an automatic option, nor do they make a rifle platform.
- Sig-Saur is not an assault weapon. It is also not an automatic, and they also do not offer a rifle platform.
- The .223 caliber round is a small round, generally intended for
hunting small game. The Bushmaster used was not an assault weapon.
It is also NOT an automatic.
An automatic firearm- in layman's terms- is one that when you press the
trigger, the firearm will continue to fire until you either run out of
rounds or you remove your finger from the trigger.
A semi-automatic firearm requires the trigger be pressed for each shot.
The amount of screaming by people I have witnessed recently classifying
all of the above as "assault weapons" and automatic weapons is
sickening. Yes, yes, you most surely do have the right to express
yourself-- but please, you might wish to educate yourself before
spouting off. (The worst offenders? Politicians. Of course.)
The next bit is a question that is being asked over and over. I have
been asked countless times in the past several days- that being, "What
do we DO if something DOES happen?"
The answer, for the most part, is simple.
(A video can be found here: Run. Hide. Fight. It is a bit cheesy, but you will get the point.)
Look, not everyone out there has the Sheepdog mentality.
Not everyone is willing to carry a firearm, and some that do carry are not willing to use it.
But I don't know very many people who wish to stand like a deer in the spotlight and be handed up for the slaughter.
Which is where RUN, HIDE, FIGHT comes into play.
Your responsibility is to stay safe and protect your loved ones.
Parents, when you are out with your children, your duty, in MY opinion,
is to keep them safe. Period. The kids MUST Be Safe.
If you are out, and if an incident occurs where you know there is an
active shooter, RUN. Haul ass and get out of the danger zone. Once you
are clear, and you and those with you are safe, call for help.
If you can not run, you HIDE.
If you can not run and are discovered where you have hidden, DO NOT GO GENTLY INTO THAT GREAT NIGHT.
Fight for all you are worth. Throw things, use a pocket knife, use a
pen, use anything and everything in reach- but you FIGHT. Never give up.
This post could have gone in any number of directions- but its intent
was to teach. If you wish to discuss things further in a different vein,
please feel free to email me.
Until next time, when hopefully my heart will be lighter and we can move
back to discussing horses and happy times like Christmas, I say to you: