“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”


"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Not normal people...

To set the scene:

Finishing up our dinner break, a collection of instructors having a chat at the range. A few with special ops experience, several SWAT guys, and a couple with other agency/organization backgrounds - so we all have a bit of strangeness anyways about us.

So one of the lieutenants mentions an upcoming trip overseas with his wife, to a country with an unfortunately high crime rate; and he is a bit annoyed that he can't take along any of his normal tools of protection in case of an incident. At which point he asks for our input on ideas for those "just in case" items that hopefully he won't need, but would be nice to have as opposed to the alternative. Which leads to his asking our input & thoughts on the same.

And the next ten minutes was almost frightening in the number of legal, improvised and fully functional implements of defense were brought up and explained when needed - all off-the-cuff, and with none of the "I saw this in a movie or on X-box" about it. Just a collection of professionals who've done their various bits all sharing thoughts that would have made some of the sheeple have a coronary.

As was reminded to the group - the mind is the weapon, everything else is just a tool in the toolbox.

7 comments:

Jon said...

Would have been fun to be a fly on the wall for that one...

It's Turtles All the Way Down said...

Kudos on the "mind" concept...awareness is the critical component. That being said...I usually find myself scanning the scenery for objects which might be useful for defense (or even offense) if necessary. Mind that I have spent time training with found objects...but, even in an untrained hand, anything held CAN be beneficial...

Gina said...

Isn't that just nuts what some people can come up with? I find it scary as well. I too, would have liked to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.

Dori said...

See? The mind is a terrible thing to waste!

williamthecoroner said...

Screw that, give us the list!

Marlowe said...

Good post, Sean. Thanks.

Charissa said...

yup, I want the list too :)