Are you safe mowing the lawn?

Are you at risk of a criminal attack while doing yard work? The Buckeye Firearms site just asked that question. (click to read)

I live in a very safe neighborhood and seldom worry as I work outside in the yard. The one thing I do do that’s mentioned in the article is to shut my garage door when I’m working in the back yard.

However, last year something happened that caused me to pause as to how quickly an undesirable situation can occur. I was chatting with a neighbor in front of my garage. Nearby another neighbor who is a policeman was home, as was another neighbor who is an EMT supervisor and former military guard.

All of a sudden a teenager came running through one of the yards, just as the policeman’s wife was arriving home. The kid ran up to the wife’s car then to her window. We could tell the kid wasn’t ‘acting right’ so we became alert. Soon her husband came running out of the house. By that time the kid was up to my drive and staring at me. I’ve never been around people who are on drugs, but I could tell by his eyes that “the lights were on but no one was home”. I grabbed the first big tool – a shovel – in case he proceeded up my drive. He continued on up the street, stripping off his clothes along the way.

Now the EMT guy was out so he and the cop chased and ultimately caught the kid and held him until the police arrived.

Later we learned he had been to a party another teen held since his parents were out-of-town for the weekend. They had multiple types of drugs. This kid tested to have several different drugs in his system.

This event was a wake-up call for me. I realized that someone on drugs does not act rationally and I’ve heard that they are difficult to ‘take-down’ because they don’t feel the pain. Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) was an example of this. He was a very large man under the influence of drugs. Even though the policeman shot him several times, he wasn’t stopped until he was shot in the head.

Whether watching the Boston Marathon, attending a movie, sitting in a comapny meeting or dancing with friends in a bar, we don’t know when our lives might be in danger. Our lives can change in an instant. We each have to decide how we want to handle that danger – be a victim or be a survivor.

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