Out of nowhere, someone or something slammed into him, pinning him to the wall. He was put in a headlock, his assailant’s hot breath on his neck, his chin forced upwards so that his eyes saw nothing more than a dark ceiling. Something cold and metallic jabbed his jaw. The barrel of a gun.
The above passage is taken from my upcoming novel, GOOD GONE BAD. As you can imagine, the person was caught off-guard. Fortunately, he got out of a tight spot when his attacker realized he was not the guy he was expecting to show up. Whew!
My point is we may never know when we might be confronted, ambushed, assaulted, kidnapped, gunned, knifed….Hey, I’m not trying to scare you, I’m just saying you, me, and everyone should have a plan if it ever happens. At the Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy, we learned self-defense techniques from an expert, Captain Irwin Carmichael. As a courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Carmichael often presents his program of personal safety and awareness to businesses, organizations, and groups throughout the county and state. Trained in martial arts from an early age, Carmichael also teaches defensive tactics and ground fighting at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy.
One of the things I learned was that you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. You can actually make yourself a prime target by not paying attention. There are two key factors in crime: Intent and Opportunity. Citizens cannot control the intent of a criminal, but they do have some control over his/her opportunity to make us a victim. We don’t have to make it easy for the bad guy. Remember what your mama said: Stay together, park under a light, lock all the doors, don’t talk to strangers. I used to laugh when she went through her spiel, but guess what? I always did it. That’s not to say that I haven’t been a victim. When Carmichael asked us if we had ever been victimized, we all raised our hands. A good reason to check out Carmichael’s Safety Tips on his website at www.mati.com.
Until our court system is changed and hardened criminals are not set free, we are all at risk. Random shootings with high-powered weapons by disturbed individuals continue to make the news. Domestic abuse never takes a holiday. We must let our lawmakers know it is unacceptable and we have the right to live in this country free from danger.
We cannot become prisoners in our homes, afraid to venture out. I think if we do, the criminal wins. However, I will continue to do what I can to make my family and myself safe. I vow not to be an easy target.
When my daughter took Taekwondo in college, I commented that since she had learned those skills, she could probably throw me across the room. She replied, “Mom, I could do that before I took my first lesson!”
Yeah, maybe, but thanks to Captain Carmichael, I’ve got some new skills. So nobody better mess with me!
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