It's time to speak up.
I went to a martial arts/self-defense conference last week. On Thursday five servicemen were slaughtered at a Recruiters station. Gunned down with no way to defend themselves. It broke my heart and filled my own stati on Facebook. But it didn't fill my news feed. Why not? Five men. Innocently gunned down. They already sacrificed so much by committing to the military, and hardly a word was said about their deaths at the hand of a terrorist. At least, not in comparison to so many other deaths recently.
I don't get it, friends. Those of you who recently marched in the streets, wrote blog posts, and shared your opinions. What are you doing now? Why does it seem you are doing nothing?
I went to a martial arts/self-defense conference last week. I learned new techniques on how to defend myself, and deal with issues. I learned de-escalation and restraint techniques. But on Friday the conference organizers didn't say anything about what happened. There was no moment of silence. The subject and tragic loss of these five men did not come up, even though the tragedy occured because they couldn't defend themselves.
The President responded (before all the families had been contacted ??) and the DOD said, in regards to ramping security,“It’s possible to have 100% security, but 100% security comes with a cost in terms of dollars and effect.” Of course, 100% security would be easy if they allowed all the military to carry weapons here as they do overseas. But Army Chief of Staff General Odierno's statement was,“I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves, and I’m not talking about where you end up attacking each other,” Odierno said during a morning breakfast. Saying instead that it’s more about “accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded that causes injuries.”
That's easy for him to say when he works at the Pentagon rather than a strip mall. And these men, those who serve to protect our country, they know how to handle a gun, thankyouverymuch, sir. I appreciate his response may have been one crafted above him and sent down, and he may simply have been the scapegoat whose desk the message landed on. I hate that for him if that is the case.
I went to a martial arts/self-defense conference last week. They didn't talk about how the military are being hunted. Those that wear the uniform are being told not to wear it because it puts them in greater danger. Is that their only defense? To be careful about what they wear? Make no mistake, even out of uniform our soldiers are recognized and noticed. When are we, the people the military defends, going to stand with them and help them have a defense? When are we going to march in outrage at the lack of protection our service members receive? When are we going to write posts saying...
Because I think now is the time we should.
I went to a conference about martial arts and self defense last week. Maybe you wrote something about the military and their individual defense, and I simply missed it. I wasn't able to be online as much as I normally am. It could happen. I would love to read your posts, and share them. Please share them with me so that I can. I'm grateful we have some Governor's that are at least giving a defense to their National Guardsmen. But still so many are defenseless
It's time to let our military fully defend themselves.