Who keeps you safe?

This post (from Pajamas Media) makes a lot of sense.

What earthly power, agent of the state, or technique do you trust to protect your life on a day-to-day basis?

If we think seriously about it, safety is one of the biggest issues we face daily as Americans. Yet it also seems to be one of the things we most easily take for granted. Perhaps this is due to the fact that we’re accustomed to seeing firemen, police officers, and even military personnel driving through the streets of our cities, sitting in cafés beside us at lunch, or standing guard around certain buildings and subways when we feel especially threatened.

Yet while we ought to fully support and honor our firemen, police officers, and military personnel in their service to our communities and this nation, we must be realistic enough to understand that they are called “first responders” for a reason: they show up after the accident, or incident, has taken place. In other words, they don’t prevent bad things from happening, they respond once bad things have happened.

So who keeps us safe during the time in which an incident is actually taking place: the time before the police are alerted, when we find ourselves face to face with a criminal intent on carrying out his most devious desires? The answer is that we individual citizens are the only ones who can truly keep ourselves safe at that moment.

Think about that for a moment. Then consider this: When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

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