Illinois –-(Ammoland.com)- If the latest news doesn’t convince you of the presence of evil in the world, nothing will.
Evil is everywhere and closer than you think. A few years ago I was bitten by a brown recluse spider.
Not surprisingly, I spent a little time researching spiders. One fact that has stuck with me is that we are usually within four feet of a spider – in your house, in your car, and at work. When you go out to lunch and are looking at the menu, several spiders are looking at you.
Evil is everywhere just like spiders. Think about that next time you are in line at the store, driving down a crowded highway, on public transportation, at the mall, or a sporting event. If you watch television shows on what I call “Victim TV”, you will see what I mean. Shows like “Discovery ID” and “I Survived”, to name a few, live off a dark celebration of victimization.
Typical comments include, “I couldn’t believe this was happening to me,” and “I was just lucky.”
A great example of evil striking from seemingly nowhere is the machete attacks that occurred on the CTA Brownline. Two innocent people were attacked by seven people wielding machetes. The seven people approached and flashed gang signs at the two young men standing on the well-lit train platform. The two young men said they were not part of any gang and the attack began. The two were injured but expected to recover. A friend of mine from Boston talked to me about this. He reports that a South American gang in his area required a machete attack on wheelchair bound people as part of their gang initiation. Of course the train and the train platform are “no carry” zones.
There are several points here, one of which is that evil is only influenced by one thing – great force. The folly of the gun free zone is also exposed in this case.
I have found luck and hope to be poor strategies. I have found preparedness and training to be far more reliable.
Just because you have training doesn’t mean something won’t happen nor doesn’t mean you will survive, but it unquestionably improves your chances of survival. Please take time to get training; if you have already had training, get more. I encourage everyone to get their Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) as soon as possible. Then continue your education with more classes. Shooting under an instructor’s watchful eye is the best and cheapest way to improve.
In 2015, make it a goal to take classes and do more shooting. I am excited about the number of classes that will be offered. Any new gun should have five hundred rounds put through it to break it in, so why not do that in a class. You will be far better prepared when evil strikes.
Thanks for being a member or supporterRichard Pearson
ISRA Executive Director
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