Sandy Shooting — Too Close to Home
It was rough coming to work this morning listening to the report of the shooting in Sandy, Utah. I wondered what I would do if my children had been out on that street. Is there anything I could have done to protect them? Just 45 minutes from where I am typing this, three lives were taken and two others were severely injured. There’s something about being so close that brings on a mixture of fear and sorrow, wrapped up in the scary contemplation “What if it had been my neighborhood? What if it had been me?”
What’s worse the shooting took place when children were walking home from school. I probably feel so shocked because this is a situation where you never expect a shooting to happen. Children have been walking home from school for years. It seems like a totally normal activity, not a time when parents would have to worry if their child would be exposed to bullets whizzing down the street (see news coverage link below.)
Not Here, Not Now
So often we think we know when, where and why shootings happen. They take place in alleyways downtown in the middle of the night because someone got way too drunk. Or shoddy neighborhoods on the other side of town because someone cheated someone else out of their drug money. It doesn’t happen in a nice upper-middle class suburb in Sandy, Utah, three blocks from the neighborhood elementary school.
We cannot control what others may do, and we cannot anticipate when something like this might happen. We never will be able to prevent all dangerous situations. So what do we do when we feel like isn’t even safe for our kids to go to school? We prepare ourselves.
Preparedness is a two fold process. First, we arm our children and loved ones with the knowledge of what to do in such a dangerous situation. We can discuss this topic with our children so instead of a dangerous situation shocking and leaving them unresponsive, they are able to recognize the threat and act. (Click here to download a free document to help with your discussion.)
Second, we can give them something that will protect them physically. Many do not know that they can easily protect themselves and their loved ones by using a simple armored backpack insert. Such a situation will always be scary but think of the reassurance that could reduce your fear if you knew your child had been prepared with an armored insert in their backpack and had been taught to how to use it as a shield from stray bullets. Our children deserve that protection and we deserve the peace of mind that comes with it.
Protecting Against the Unthinkable
I don’t bring this subject up lightly. I am in no way presenting a “what if” or “only if they had” scenario. What happened in Sandy is heart breaking and our prayers go out to the mourning families. But this is a reminder that our lives can change at a drop of a hat. Yet, we can find security through the knowledge and protection that physical armor provides against such unthinkable situations.