Are you at Risk?

If you are reading this, then you are obviously alive and are at risk.  What do I mean by risk?  American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines “risk” as “The possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger.”  Mall shootings, school & church violence and murder, carjacking and home invasions are becoming so commonplace that it seems that nowhere is safe.  Here are the headlines related to churchs!

February 14, 2010 – Richmond, California – Three hooded men
walk into Gethsemane Church of God in Christ and opened
fire and then fled the scene, as the singing of the choir
was replaced by frightened screams. The two victims, a 14-
year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, were hospitalized.

March 8, 2009 – Maryville, Illinois – Suspect Terry Joe
Sedlacek, 27, of Troy, walks into the First Baptist Church,
and shoots pastor Fred Winters dead, point blank. Several
church members are injured by a knife in the struggle to
capture the suspect after the attack; the suspect also had stabbed
himself, but survived, when his gun jams.

July 27, 2008 – Knoxville, Tennessee – A gunman opens fire
in a church during a youth performance, killing two people
and injuring seven.

Dec. 9, 2007 – Colorado – Three people are killed and five
wounded in two shooting rampages, one at a missionary
school in suburban Denver and one at New Life Church in Colorado
Springs. The gunman in the second incident is killed by a Church Security
Guard.

Wake up!  We are all at risk.  This is not meant to scare anyone; this is simply a wake up call for everyone.  This world is a dangerous place and we must treat it as such.  Yes, many people are dying from incurable diseases, dying from natural disasters and automobile accidents.  That is not what I am talking about.  I am talking about violent physical aggression directed at our society.  I am talking about hate that is so deeply seated that innocent lives are being taken for fame.  This is a truly sad fact of life with no real end in sight.  This is not paranoia, this is a fact.  Wake up and start preparing yourself for survival.

Should you arm yourself with a firearm?  Only if you are going to train with it and decide that you are willing to take a life if necessary and are justified.  Should you learn the martial arts?  Only if you are going to train them with reality in mind and invest your time in learning battle-tested self-defense techniques.

 “Situations will arise which are not of your own choosing. 
 You must be fully prepared to meet them with confidence. 
 No matter what they may be…” Leonard Hector Grant-Taylor   – 1942

Prepare yourself today!  Decide today to embrace the “Way of the Warrior”!  Seek out a competent, certified, real world instructor and learn to defend yourself and your family.  Living with risk is a necessity of world.  Learning to minimize your risk, takes courage, practice and a will to win.   My thought is that winning is the only answer.

Develop a “winning” training plan.  Make sure that this plan includes physical fitness, mental conditioning, firearms or self-defense skills, tactics, and the proper use of equipment that you carry on a daily basis.  Make sure your family is well trained in your plan.  The truth is in the following quote by the great Carl Cestari.

 “Anyone out there “getting” this! IT AIN’T ABOUT what is or isn’t “BETTER” or more “EFFECTIVE”. ANYTHING THAT SAVES YOUR ASS IS GOOD!”

Carl Cestari

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