Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Recently I was talking with a woman about a rapist that was being hunted in Charlotte. The conversation turned to crime in general, car-jacking, rape, mugging and assault etc.

I asked her whether or not, knowing as she did about the crime rate, she took any self defense training and was surprised when I found out she didn't.

"Hang on a minute" I said "you know there's a rapist at large, you've heard about the home invasions, the car-jackings and the assaults etc and you don't train? So what do you do to ensure you won't become a victim?"

She went on to inform me she takes precautions and is careful. I told her I didn't think that was enough so she went on to say she "hopes" nothing will happen to her.

Hopes!!! Wow, that's pretty amazing I thought.

So obviously the next question was...

"Would you vote for a President who ran on the campaign ticket of:

'I'm going to get rid of police forces and the American military. Now now, I know there are terrorists and bad guys out there but I've decided that if we take precautions, are careful and HOPE nothing happens we should be fine.'

I think she understood (even though she didn't begin any training that I'm aware of) but the lesson is simple. Hope should never be part of your defensive plan. Training should be, weapons should be, mind-set should be, awareness should hope for winning the lottery.


PS: IHOPE you get the message!

1 comment:

K. Connolly said...

Nick--excellent point that I try to convey to others. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes not.

Looking forward to reading more of your posts! ~Katie