Mass shootings, bombings, arson, and other attacks carried out by terror groups have become all but normal in today’s world. Whether you are riding a subway in Asia, shopping at a mall in Africa, or attending a marathon in America, attacks are not only possible, but almost expected. ISIS has now issued threats against American shopping malls. The U.S. Government says they are unlikely capable of carrying out such an attack, but should we be worried? Yes and no.
First off, the odds of the location you are visiting being attacked without warning are low. Statistically speaking, you are more likely to win the lottery than you are to be involved in a mass shooting, bombing, or other similar crisis. On top of that, by issuing threats, security will be more aware and more proactive, making it harder to carry out such plans.
On the other hand, we must always plan for the worst and hope for the best. You and your family should have a plan for responding to an attack in a public space. Even though ISIS may not be the ones who are capable, it could be conducted by a different group or a lone wolf. Because of that, certain habits should be followed at all times:
- Stay aware of your surroundings. It is hard to be taken by surprise if you pay attention to what is around you, what others are doing, and what threat zones are in your area.
- Be the hard target. You are less likely to be the one attacked if you look harder to win over.
- Always know how to get out of a place that is under attack. You need to know where exits are, have an idea of where they lead to, and what obstacles are between you and those exits, both for cover and prevention.
- Report suspicious behaviors and items. Don’t be the boy who cries wolf, but if something looks wrong, it probably is.
Despite threats from groups like ISIS, and no matter how credible they may be (which ISIS threats don’t seem to be), terror groups can only win if we let them. And the way we let them win is by changing our lives out of fear by not going to the mall, not going to the race, or biting our tongues. If we let their threats change who we are, our ways of life, we give them the power and are no representative of the great nation of America.
“Every man, woman, and child should be free to love life as they see fit, and if our model of life is the ire of oppressive groups, then we are winning.”
We are a nation built on freedom. The freedom to speak, shop, be entertained, and be who we want to be without fear of being killed, hurt, imprisoned, or otherwise attacked for the expressions of self. All of that remains our power to surrender, and we can never surrender it. The fact that there are groups out there that hate us for it is a good thing. Every man, woman, and child should be free to love life as they see fit, and if our model of life is the ire of oppressive groups, then we are winning.
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