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05 December, 2012

Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

Be prepared to heed the advice that makes up the essence of the article linked-to below.  I remember, several years back, I had some serious health issues that necessitated being air-lifted to a hospital in Roanoke, VA -- a city, surely, but by no means a huge one (less than 100,000 people). 

While there, there was a husband and wife who were both in ICU the same time as me who had been the victims of a particularly brutal home invasion.  Obviously, being another patient, I didn't get a lot of details, but they had both been beaten so badly that it was by no means a sure thing that either of them would survive.

Once upon a time, a person who was robbing you wanted simply to put some fear into you to make you compliant, take what they came for, then leave as quickly as possible.  Basically, it was business for them.  Not that people didn't get hurt, but it was usually a means to an end.  Somebody might get a whack or two, but that was usually it; serious violence for its own sake was fairly rare.  People were taught simply to give the offender what they wanted, then call the police after they'd left. 

Now, though, the violence has been ramped-up to the point where bad things are happening even to those who give their attackers little or no reason to punish them.  Violent crime is, quite simply, on its way to becoming a part of everyday life as society edges toward collapse and cracks begin to become more and more apparent in its thin veneer of civility.
Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family: Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder rate in San Bernardino is up 50 percent this year, but the city is dealing with bankruptcy and has been forced to lay off 80 police officers... Sadly, there simply are not enough police to keep up with it all. Due to budget cuts, it is being projected that by February the size of the police force in Oakland will be about 25 percent smaller than it was back in 2008. But what is happening in Detroit is perhaps even more frightening. Today there are about 1,000 fewer police officers in Detroit than there was a decade ago. But crime just continues to rise. So now even the police are telling people to "enter Detroit at your own risk". With very little police protection, an increasing number of citizens are taking matters into their own hands... justifiable homicide in the city of Detroit increased by 79 percent in 2011, and the rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is approximately 2200 percent above the national average...

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