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Awareness And A Plan Of Action For Your Independence Day

I want to give you a boost of awareness before you set out to the fireworks displays and cookouts across the country

JonathanTGilliam.com
Excerpts from the book SHEEP NO MORE; The Art Of Awareness And Attack Survival

On this eve of our nation’s independence celebration, I wanted to take a time out and remind everyone that ultimately you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your family.  Furthermore, I want to give you a boost of awareness before you set out to the fireworks displays and cookouts across the country.

What I have done throughout this article, is pull out some very specific parts of my book SHEEP NO MORE; The Art Of Awareness And Attack Survival, that I believe will guide you to an immediate change in the way you perceive the threats and defenses.  The following excerpts from the book are laid out in a similar fashion as the book itself providing a good refresher for those that have not read the book, and an understandable introduction for anyone considering where to turn for improving their overall awareness.

(Excerpt from Introduction, page xvi) For a moment I want you to pause, and with a clear mind, I want you to read the following question and consider the implications of what it is asking you. How much of your life, your safety, your awareness, your health, your learning, your relationship with God, the safety of your children, your money, and so on, how much of all that and the rest of your life depends upon protection from others?

Not knowing the answers to this question is called learned helplessness, and wherever you see it, you will also see a cultural cancer of unawareness. Who protects your life? Who hates you? What are the tactics that those who protect you might use to ensure absolute survivability in something like a terrorist attack? Can you really plan and rehearse your actions if you are caught up in a violent attack? How do you know the tactics that bad guys will utilize to attack you? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then there is a good chance you have been indoctrinated to believe it’s impossible for you to develop awareness and for you to be your own protector. That stops today!

(Excerpt from chapter 2, page 10)  An attack is defined as an aggressive and violent action against a person or thing. An attack is also typically the end result of information collected by an attacker into a target package in furtherance of an attack plan.

Most planned attacks are made up of a combination of information that you can actually collect yourself. Who would attack you? Why would they attack? Where would they attack? When would this attack be carried out? What type of attack would it most likely be?

(Excerpt from Part 1, page 2) Understanding what the attacker mindset entails is not something that is often encouraged by society, as most people seem to perceive contemplating the motivation and planning of an attacker is either useless or just too dangerous to teach.  Ultimately, learning how an attacker thinks and plans an attack, along with what an attack actually is, will broaden your own knowledge and understanding of where you could be victimized.

(Excerpt from chapter 3, page 23) The motivation behind an attacker’s specific target selection often depends on what an individual or group wants to gain from the attack. Remember, attack probability and attack possibility are two different things. Therefore, you must assume an attack on any location is possible.  Possibility should always be considered as more important than probability.

(Excerpt from chapter 3, page 25-26) Every sector, private and public have been attacked, often unexpectedly. Therefore, an attack can happen anywhere and at any time, and in most cases, it happens with no known threat or heightened attack threat level.

(Excerpt from chapter 5, page 69) Breaking down behavior analysis for the purpose of identifying imminent attackers, does not take a psychology degree, nor do you need to be an experienced law-enforcement officer. Simply paying close attention to what is typical behavior in and around your everyday life will give you enough knowledge to understand an attackers abnormal behaviors. In order to become proficient in behavior analysis, try looking closely at these four categories:

  • Normal identifiable patterns of behavior
  • Normal location of behavior
  • Normal prolonged behavior
  • Normal intrusive behavior

Behavior analysis involves analyzing not only odd behavior but also how normal behavior changes from location to location. People act differently in a mall than they do in church. Adults act differently at a major-league sports game than they do work. Each location paints its own picture of what’s normal for that location.

(Excerpt from chapter 5, page 71)  When an attacker is in the imminent phase of the attack, their behavior becomes even more predictable, especially if they are on a suicide mission. Predictability, however, does not mean the attacker will be any more identifiable to a person that walks blindly through life. A defender must ask themselves the basic questions of who, why, where, when, and how an attack could be carried out before being able to understand these predictable behaviors.

(Excerpt from Chapter 11, page 158) This understanding must be real, and you must commit to the realization that there are people that want to kill. They are not going to be talked out of it, or change their mind after they kill the first person. They may be deranged, or they may be ideologues who actually believe they are doing you a favor by freeing your soul from sinful behavior. No matter why a killer sets out to attack, when a violent attack begins, your job is not to figure out how serious they are about killing, or how you may better understand their motivation. Your job is to live!

So, as you venture out tomorrow to see the fireworks and enjoy the food and drinks, remember that you know what is normal behavior in and around a special event, and you know that an attack is possible regardless of the probability.  Do not leave home without utilizing this understanding to develop a few Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for yourself and your family.  Have a fall back area that you can regroup if separated.  Don’t assume every explosion you hear is a part of the celebration.  Predetermine the attacker’s avenues of approach by looking at the map or navigation system on your phone that gives you a nice overview of the area.  And do your best to pick a spot to view the fireworks where you have an easy avenue to escape or evade.

Lastly, before you go out, visualize your actions that you might have to take if things go bad.  This will increase your clarity if you are caught up in a situation or if you are confronted by someone that wishes to do you harm, because as we say in firearms training, action always beats reaction.  Have a plan to act, and carry that plan out if and when you are ever caught up in a violent situation.