This morning, terrorists in Mali took over a “luxury” hotel and took over a hundred people hostage killing at least three. As of this writing it is unclear what affiliation the terrorists have, but it is in an area that historically has been plagued with al-Qaeda linked attacks. The terrorists have released only a few that knew the Islamic profession of faith so you can draw your own conclusions. Last week, Paris was the victim of a coordinated terrorist attacks that targeted people eating at an outdoor café, going to a concert and attending a sporting event. Two weeks ago terrorists blew up a Russian plan coming back from vacation. Not just any plane, but one filled with civilians that the terrorists considered “wealthy”.
With the holidays and the nice weather across most of the Southeast, how many of us will do those exact same things in the coming weeks? It is those activities and the people that participate in them that the terrorists seem to hate and target the most. On 9/11, al-Qaeda went after three types of targets; government, military and personal wealth / financial.
In the security world, there are hard targets and soft targets. Hard targets are difficult to penetrate because they are hard to get to or heavily defended and secured. An example would be a military base. Soft targets have very little if any defense and may include residences, outdoor cafes or movie theaters. Most criminals and terrorists will always choose the path of least resistance.
My point to all of this is that as a sergeant at my police department once told me about carrying extra ammunition on duty, “I never want to get killed because of lack of shooting back.” No one in the Denver movie theater shot back when a deranged graduate student took over and started killing people. No one at the cafes in Paris was able to shoot back. No one at the concert was able to shoot back. The ability to use a firearm to defend yourself may not have saved any of those lives, but at least it would have presented a harder target for the terrorists.
So if you participate in the “wealthy” lifestyle as described above, it may be time to consider a concealed weapons permit. Don’t be afraid to live your live and don’t be afraid to put up a fight if someone tries to take it away from you or those you care about. As Americans, it’s what we do.