By: Ted Nugent
Evil stalks our world. I am absolutely convinced that good people everywhere must embrace this discomforting and life-threatening reality, and like U.S. Marine Corps warriors, do everything in our power to improvise, adapt and overcome.
Dedicated TV reporter Alison Parker and ace cameraman Adam Ward are dead, ambushed and murdered, and Chamber of Commerce head Vicki Gardner wounded by an evil-driven madman.
As more and more evidence trickles in, it turns out the killer was universally known to be a classic nutjob.
As always, again, America’s prayers flood forth for the families and loved ones at this heartbreaking time of such unnecessary and tragic loss.
After all, to people with hearts and souls, all lives matter.
A professional journalist (though rare) should be able to do his or her job without hiring armed commando security for a simple morning report, but I’m afraid what should be and what must be are two very different things in this world gone mad that we find ourselves in today.
One would think, or at least hope, that armed security wouldn’t be needed at Virginia Tech, Columbine, Sandy Hook, movie theaters in Aurora, Colorado, and Lafayette, Louisiana, a shopping center in Tucson, a mall in New Jersey, a fast food eatery in California, a church in South Carolina, military recruiting offices in Arkansas and North Carolina, a walk on a San Francisco pier with dad, or on commuter trains on Long Island and in France.
I am well aware, according to the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report and the Crime Prevention Research Center updates, that statistically, American streets are safer these days than in many years, mostly because we have locked up as many bad guys as possible so they cannot access their next victims.
Unfortunately, all of these violent, murderous perpetrators in so many of these incidents were known to be dangerous, or at the very least “off-center” by everyone around them.
I’m just a guitar player, but when I’m performing my husband, parental, grand-parenting and neighborly duties, or just cruising America rockin’ and a rollin’ with my band, I am convinced more and more all the time that my Boy Scout mantra of “always be prepared” isn’t just a matter of convenience, but ultimately a very real potential matter of life and death.
Can we be ready for everything all the time? No. But with but a modicum of honest review, there are indeed numerous pragmatic and intelligent steps we can all take to minimize our exposure to ambush and random violence.
Just this morning I spoke with my hunting and rock ‘n’ roll BloodBrother Mathew Rodriguez in Lafayette, Louisiana, a survivor of that theater shooting. Losing his precious and soon-to-have-been fiancee, Mayci Breaux, to the well-known crazy, Mathew discussed these very issues, and we agreed that under some circumstances, there is little we can do to be ready for random violence. We also agreed how we must all tackle the out-of-control disregard for mentally ill and oftentimes clear and present dangerous individuals.
I would look to the three American warriors on that commuter train in France who exercised their brave USA warrior DNA by charging toward the danger and instantly neutralizing the evil-doer, saving God knows how many innocent lives.
That was a perfect example of improvising, adapting and overcoming. Good over evil, case closed.
Other recent incidents further prove that swift, decisive action may be the only hope to crush evil.
A teacher at Virginia Tech was able to halt an armed student in her classroom.
Good citizens in Louisiana responded heroically when they witnessed the murder of a state trooper, pulled over and subdued the armed punk.
Such action is taken pretty much every day across America, where the instinct to stop evil rises to the occasion.
Many would ask if it is time to provide real, armed, capable security for otherwise normal activities.
I would think so.
My recommendation would be for caring, thinking people to upgrade their attentiveness and overall level of awareness.
This does not mean becoming paranoid, reclusive or fearful, but rather to intelligently review the details available in all such deadly attacks, and learn all we can about the circumstances, individuals and behavior leading up to them and what actions and resources are available to us to stop such evil.
The one consistent remains: the always weird, goofy, out of the ordinary and unacceptable behavior by all such creeps. In an embarrassing world of political correctness, too often we are discouraged to report such abhorrent behavior, thereby allowing the evil to intensify till all hell breaks loose.
See something, say something. It is time we care more about saving innocent lives instead of worrying about hurting some strange person’s feelings.