There are bad and evil people in this world who want to do bad and evil things to other people in this world. The last few days have served to remind me of that fact. I listened to photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson speak and share his imagery from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Northern Kentucky University as part of a work-related conference I was attending... then my wife and I spend the day at Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's Bulletproof the Mind seminar sponsored by the Buckeye Firearms Association.
Now I know the sheepdog analogy is wearing thin for some folks, but Grossman uses it to make many of his points and while he was mostly preachin' to the choir... it was a dynamic presentation with good data, practical information, and food for thought. There are still a lot of folks in the denial stage, living out their Pleasant Valley Sunday's until the day a bad or evil person up-ends their life.
I won't attempt to summarize or overview the entire seminar here, but Grossman is a dynamic speaker who believes in what he's doing. I heard him speak several years ago and have picked up and read most of his books over the years including On Combat, On Killing, Warrior Mindset, and he signed a copy of Stop Teaching Our Children to Kill for my school teacher wife. While he's provided more depth in other books and talks, this would be a terrific seminar for those who are new to concealed carry, or a sheepdog, or an aware and alert mindset.
The bottom line for my gals and I is that it reinforces our lifestyle. We don't live in a state of paranoia... we live with awareness and knowledge to determine when a state of alert or alarm is required. Grossman would say that we live in condition yellow, not white. Parents, you can train this into your children with simple games... Who sees a woman with a blue purse? How many license plates have the letter "A" or the number "6"? How many "EXIT" signs can you see? How many happy people can you see - why do you think they look happy? How many unhappy people can you see - why do you think they are unhappy? Play the games... teach your kids and family to observe and be aware of their surroundings.
The Buckeye Firearms Association reminded everyone about how important Ohio is in this election. Even local races matter as many of those local folks go on to seek bigger and better elected offices down the road. I don't speak a lot about politics on this blog, but for me and my gal... who picks the next couple of United States Supreme Court justices are one of our biggest concerns. Taxes and politicians come and go... the economy goes up and goes down... but the supreme court has, and will have, a greater affect on my family's rights and daily lives as Christians and Gun Owners than almost any other governmental entity.
Speaking of those rights and daily lives, my main gal went out back on the range with me last night to do some shooting like we often do. She had some new range "bling" in the form of a Ruger Single-Ten single-action revolver I bought her. Not the best choice for self-defense, but a great choice for a heck of a lot of cheap .22 fun. She's the best gal ever and she did a great job of taking care of me and lot of the work around here this past summer after my two surgeries and I try to treat her like the terrific gal she is. She's facing a bit of a health scare right now and that's more than she'd like me to say, but you might keep her in your thoughts and prayers if you think about it.
So be aware, be prepared, and be an example for your kids and others... and even if you don't like the term... be a sheepdog and remember the lesson for today... Sheepdog 101: Bulletproof your Mind