Normally Janelle does these posts, she hasn’t been as active about it lately though. Also when we do them it focuses on people’s belief that it can’t happen here. Usually someone says a variant of the following, “I never thought it could happen here.”
Well this one close enough to home for some of us that it should drive the point home.
Everything that has just occurred took place, not in minutes, but seconds. From the initial observation of the man… to his strange question… to the attack… and finally to the assailant running off took a total of maybe less than ten, not more than fifteen seconds. The sheriff’s department was called… the young gal… all of sixteen… was taken to the hospital for treatment… and the assailant was caught… found lying on the ground under another camper not far away… apparently under the influence of drugs.
Go read Dann’s post, seriously, it is a prime example of how quickly the world can change, and no place is safe. This particular incident occurred at a County Fair, with her parents close by and a friend sitting next to her.
Many of us exercise risk management and the thing is, like firearms, “Is Life, Is not Safe.” Everything in life has risk, some things are lower risk that others. Ultimately though your number can be called. It may be an unlikely event, but it very well could be called out. It can happen without warning and without cause. It can happen there, it can happen here. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
I carry a gun, among other tools because I won’t get a warning if my number is going to be called. I could very well only have seconds to identify my number is up and to react.