The now infamous North Hollywood bank robbery has been analyzed every which way and beaten to death. Dozens of cops pinned down and absorbing fire from two sedated robbers was a disgusting, pathetic situation. But this isn’t about that. Seeing the History Channel documentary on it again the other day only reminded me of the larger point. What triggered this post was the comment that these dozens of cops were waiting for help.
Help? Dudes; WTF? You ARE the help. As Ron White pointed out; any teenager having experience with a hunting rifle could have ended the bank robbery standoff with two shots from a concealed position.
It comes down to mindset. Sure, some people have more capabilities and resources than others, but in your everyday life, you, the reader, ARE the help if you have your mind right. Bringing a pistol to a rifle fight is just one of countless examples of going through life, and even responding to an on-going situation, unprepared and oblivious. Condition white.
You Do have fire extinguishers in your house and garage, right? You do carry one in your vehicle, and you do carry jumper cables, tools, a working jack, water, a first aid kit, a spare coat, a good spare tire, a tow strap, a phone and a carbine, right?
I don’t have to try to display a complete list. That’s not the point. It starts with the mindset. After that, the list comes along naturally. Nor does preparedness come solely from hardware and supplies. You can have all the goodies and not the mindset that tells you, everywhere you go, that you are the help. Backup is another matter. You are the first responder in your own life. You choose either to face up to it or shirk your duty.
The current crop of weasels in government would have you do the latter. They fear and hate the strong, the self reliant and the charitable, as threats to their relevance.
Tam’s recent post provides further study.