Just an update: I'm no longer going to keep the RMATA website going. My injuries are keeping me from doing the training and competing that I used to be able to do. I've hurt both knees at work and it's slowed me down big time. I'm sure I'll always continue to run small training groups and private lessons at my dojo, but I'd like to keep my commitment extended to just that.
This board is free so I'm happy to keep it open, even though it's rarely used anymore.
Give em a rest until they are fully healed. Exercise/ rehab them, but go light on the punching. There is so much other stuff you can be working on, not only in striking but also throws, grappling, etc. Good luck with your recovery!
I have always had bad allergies as well. It is a problem. Whenever I train I usually have to keep a handkerchief nearby, especially for the first 10 minutes or so while I'm getting warmed up and my nose is running the most. I'm guessing you might be in the same boat. What I find really helps me is to take a antihistimene pill 30 muinutes or so before I work out, which really dries things up. I then of course have to drink an extra amount of water, so I take that to the workout as well.
As far as not catching colds, I'm not sure about that one as I don't catch them often. Good luck with that issue!
Some people would probably say body fat %, but I don't think that is it. I've seen people with a high bodyfat % that float like you and other fat people sink, and the same goes for people with low bodyfat %'s.
I have done some SCUBA diving and we have to adjust our suites for our personal bouyancy. If we sink we have to inflate our vests a bit with air... if we rise to the top we have to add some weights.
Swimming is arguably the best total body workout there is. Is is zero impact and works every muscle in your body.
I was in a special operations group in the Marines, and we did alot of amphibious operations. The unit I was in specialized in boat raids... you know, those little black rubber zodiak boats. Well, they tried to make good swimmers out of all of the soldiers, so they had us doing lots of swimming exercises and drills. Like you said, just swimming doesnt seem to create the same burn that some other exercises do. Thats why I like these swimming drills, they make a crazy burn. Just make sure when you do them that you are close enough to the edge of the pool to grab it if you start to cramp up or cant go on.
- Tread water for 5 minutes - 1 minute break - Tread water with your arms extended above the water, using your legs only. Do not let your hands go below the water. - 1 minute break - Tread water using your arms only. Keep your feet crossed and your toes sticking out of the water if possible.
You will find the above simple exercises will create quite an overall body burn in a very short time. As your cardio and conditioning improves, extend the length of the rounds.
I think with time spent doing lots of full resistance grappling you will certainly improve. Also, there are some drills designed specifically to improve your fluidity of moving your body around an opponent. These drills will increase your agility for sure. The "Around the world drill", "knee on belly turning drill", "keeping the back drill", and several others. We'd have to go over these in person to show them though. Feel free to contact me to arrange some training where we can go over them and more if you'd like.
Above all, just spend lots of time doing full resistance grappling and there's no question that you will improve.
Conditioning is the area where I need the most work. Well, I suppose proper diet actually is. Anyway, I get in a whole lot of cardio (as well as calories).
Right now my life is overtaken by trying to finish my masters degree, so I'm only getting about 5 hours a week of training it. Normally I work out 2 to 3 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week. Besides lots of sparring and grappling in every range of combat, I'll work bag drills, focus pad drills, Thai Pad drills, low kick shield drills at least 4 hours a week. I'll do swimming exercies once or twice a week, that I learned in the Marines. I'll tread water for 5 minutes with my hands held straight up, only using my legs. Then I'll take a 1 minute break, then tread water for 5 minutes only using my arms and crossing my feet; holding them close to the surface. After that I'll take another 1 minute break and then swim 10 laps (500 meters). I find the water workouts to be incredibly effective for cardio.
I'll also jog once a week, only about a mile and a half. I really hate running but I find it helps my cardio more than most things. I run with a pack and 3 to 5 gallons of water in it, depending on how I'm feeling that day.
If I could just get a better diet I'd be doing great! I eat for convience.
This is a great example of someone being aware of their surroundings. It might have been to late for her to get to her knife the instant the guy grabbed her purse. It could have just as easily have been someone trying for a sucker punch. Situational awareness is key. Big props to her.
Woman fends off purse-snatching suspect with knife Lars Jacoby The Arizona Republic Sept. 20, 2007 02:03 PM
A suspected purse-snatcher had the tables turned on him early Thursday morning after the targeted victim slashed his arms with a knife as he attempted to steal the 21-year-old woman's purse.
Filemon del Hoyo, 22, was arrested in Mesa after police say he tried to rob a woman who had left a Applebee's restaurant at Baseline and Gilbert roads.
Two other suspects were arrested as well, Abel Lorenzo Reyes, 18, and Isidro Mendoza, 22, both of Mesa. According to Gilbert police spokesman, Lt. Eric Shuhandler, the victim was walking south on Gilbert Road when she noticed a parked car that "looked suspicious to her" and armed herself with a knife "just in case."
Shuhandler said the suspect walked briskly toward the woman and asked her for a cigarette. After she said no, he grabbed her shoulder-strap purse and she fought back.
"(The suspects) were looking for somebody to rob and they drove around for 20 minutes and found her, and good for her," Shuhandler said.
The victim wasn't hurt and kept her purse, police said.
Del Hoyo fled the scene and was arrested a short time later near Eighth Street and Gilbert Road in Mesa along with Reyes and Mendoza.
The arrest was in cooperation with Mesa police.
Del Hoyo was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, where Shuhandler said he underwent surgery for his knife wounds.
This video shows why you should not allow someone to be within 1 arm's distance from you during a confrontation, and why you should have your hands up (in a non-threatening posture) to be prepared to defend (or attack).
On a side note, I think the KO might come from the secondary impact of the guy hiting his head on the ground. I don't know what percentage of streetfight injuries are from exactly such secondary impacts, but I bet it's very high.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- A tour bus of U.S. senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said on Thursday. One of the tourists _ a retired member of the U.S. military aged about 70 _ put a*sailant Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus Wednesday, said Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose.
The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves. The tourists then drove Segura to the Red Cross where the man was declared dead. The Red Cross also treated one of the tourists for an anxiety attack, Hernandez said.
The tourists left on their Carnival cruise after the incident and Hernandez said authorities do not plan to press any charges against them, saying they acted in self defense.
"They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up," Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Segura had previous charges against him for a*saults.
In a media statement, Miami, Fla.-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the Wednesday incident occurred during an outing at a Limon beach which a group of a dozen pa*sengers had arranged on their own.
"According to witnesses, while sightseeing at a local beach, the group of guests were approached by three a*sailants, one of whom was armed," the statement said.
"The victims struggled with the armed perpetrator, and were able to disarm him. During this process, the gunman's two accomplices fled the scene. In the course of disarming and restraining the a*sailant, he died from apparent asphyxiation."
Neither the Costa Rican police nor Carnival identified the man involved in the struggle with the mugger.
The cruise line said the guests were questioned by local law enforcement and then returned to the ship. The ship's departure from Limon was slightly delayed to await their return.
"All of the guests involved, who had booked the cruise together as a group, have opted to continue with their vacation plans. Carnival is providing full support and a*sistance to the guests," according to the statement.
The ship, The Carnival Liberty, continued on its scheduled itinerary, with a port call scheduled in Colon, Panama.
I highly recommend reading this article not only for those who are legally permitted to carry guns, but for all citizens; be they sheep, wolves, or sheepdogs.
ON SHEEP, WOLVES, AND SHEEPDOGS
By Lt.Col. (ret.) Dave Grossman, Army Ranger, psychology professor, author of "On Killing" and the upcoming "On Combat".
"Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?" - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997
One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: "Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident." This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated a*sault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another.
Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.
Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.
I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin's egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.
"Then there are the wolves," the old war veteran said, "and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy." Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.
"Then there are sheepdogs," he went on, "and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf."
If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed
Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids' schools.
But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.
The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.
Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa."
Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.
The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.
Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word 'hero'?
Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.
Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, "Thank God I wasn't on one of those planes." The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference." When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.
There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog--the warrior--but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population.
There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: a*saults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, pa*sive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.
Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I'm proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.
Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three pa*senger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, "Let's roll," which authorities believe was a signal to the other pa*sengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the pa*sengers - athletes, business people and parents. -- from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.
There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. - Edmund Burke
Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn't have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.
If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior's path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.
For example, many officers carry their weapons in church. They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs. Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to ma*sacre you and your loved ones.
I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, "I will never be caught without my gun in church." I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church ma*sacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy's body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?"
Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for "heads to roll" if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids' school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them.
Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, "Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones were attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?"
It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.
Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn't bring your gun, you didn't train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.
Gavin de Becker puts it like this in 'Fear Less', his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: "...denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn't so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling."
Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.
And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes.
If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be "on" 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself..."Baa."
This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other.
Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically, at your moment of truth.
[Note: This essay is an except from Grossman's new book "On Combat", due out in September 2004.] _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Biography: Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. He is the Director of the Killology Research Group, www.killology.com/bio.htm . Col. Grossman is a West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which he has termed "killology." In this new field Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus" of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace.
He is the author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is required reading in cla*ses at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, police academies worldwide, and "peace studies" programs in numerous universities and colleges. Co-authored with Gloria DeGaetano, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence has received international acclaim.
Col. Grossman has been called upon to write the entry on "Aggression and Violence" in the Oxford Companion to American Military History, three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and numerous entries in scholarly journals, to include the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical a*sociation, the American Psychiatric a*sociation, the American Psychological a*sociation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has presented to over 40 different colleges and universities world wide.
He has served as an expert witness and consultant in state and Federal courts, to include UNITED STATES vs. TIMOTHY MCVEIGH. He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school shootings, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, and Littleton school shootings. He has testified before U.S. Senate and Congressional committees and numerous state legislatures, and he and his research have been cited in a national address by the President of the United States.
Col. Grossman is an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, with a total of over 23 years experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. He retired from the Army in February 1998 and has devoted himself fulltime to teaching, writing, speaking, and research.
Today he is the director of the Killology Research Group, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he is on the road almost 300 days a year, training elite military and law enforcement organizations worldwide about the reality of combat.
HOW TO BE A GOOD VICTIM by Peter Hammond With an average of 2,5 million crimes reported every year, crime is endemic in South Africa. Listening to the official advice, from both government and media, as to how to deal with crime, it becomes evident as to why crime is such a growth industry in the country. Far from declaring war on crime, or encouraging strong resistance to crime, the official mantras are: Don't be armed! Don't resist! Do what the a*sailant tells you!
MANTRAS FOR VICTIMS These and other mantras for victims are repeated by information leaflets distributed to foreign tourists: Don't wear jewellery when you go out! (Considering that the selling of jewellery is an important industry in South Africa, the question then arises as to when jewellery should be worn – at home in the shower?)
In response to the increased hijacking spree, some officials offer this piece of advice: Don't drive a nice car! (However, considering how dangerous public transport, and even walking in many areas can be, one can only wonder what's left? What are we meant to do? Use helicopters? Parachute into work?)
The advice being given to victims in South Africa seems counter-productive to the goal of fighting crime. However, if the intention is to make the working environment of the criminal safer for crime, then these official pearls of wisdom begin to make some sense.
Criminals prefer unarmed victims, so whatever you do, don't be armed!
CO-OPERATE WITH CRIME To justify being disarmed-victims-waiting-to-be-mugged-or-murdered at the whim of their local criminals, these co-operative victims console themselves with Gun-Free South Africa's theory that “if you have a weapon, it will probably be used against you.” This argument hardly evidences a high degree of self-confidence or competence, to a*sume that every a*sailant will be quicker, cleverer, better trained and more skilled than you will be. It also is rather naive to a*sume that all criminals go to work without their tools (violent criminals tend to have their own weapons). Of course, the fact that all studies have shown that the greatest fear to criminals is meeting an armed victim; that 93% of women who are armed successfully resist a rape attempt; that those who use a firearm to resist increase their chances of survival of an attack by 31 times, should not be considered by those repeating these essential mantras for victims: Don't be armed! Don't resist! Do what the a*sailant tells you!
RECIPES FOR SLAVERY To justify their co-operate-with-the-criminal philosophy, good victims will recite various reasons including: If you shoot back you could get into trouble with the law (like being mugged, raped and murdered isn't worse?) Most importantly we are advised: Do what the a*sailant tells you! Give them your car. Hand over your wallet / purse / handbag / jewellery / watch / shoes / whatever!
Now, what if we were to apply this logic to nations? Don't be armed! Don't resist! Do what the a*sailant (invader) tells you! After all if this is good advice for an individual, it should be good policy for a nation. So let's abolish the army, disarm the police, not resist any a*saults, and co-operate with any invaders or terrorist groups. Do whatever the aggressor demands. Does that sound like good national policy? Then why is it such great advice domestically? Should we tell our children to give in to bullies at school as well?
DISARM THE VICTIMS Who is writing the script? Who is the architect of this: Don't be armed! Don't resist! Do what the a*sailant tells you!, mantras-for-victims policy? The Advancing National Criminals society?
The fact is that armed citizens save lives, but unarmed citizens all too often become helpless victims. Criminals prefer unarmed victims. So why do many politicians choose to co-operate with the criminals in helping to disarm their potential victims?
If you reward crime, you will get more of it.
BE SELFISH There is other bad advice that seems to go along with the How-To-Be-A-Good-Victim mantra, Don't get involved! Never volunteer! We can't have people obeying the teachings of Christ and being Good Samaritans to their neighbours in need. We need to walk by on the other side of the road like the priest and the Levite (Luke 10:27-37). Don't get involved! A community spirit where people work together against the criminal element and back up their neighbours in need would quickly frustrate the plans of the criminals, and reverse the lawlessness in our society. Good neighbourliness, doing to others as you want them to do to you, loving your neighbour as yourself, would make the working environment of the criminals too dangerous and difficult for crime to succeed. If you were to come to the rescue of someone under attack, if you would help the police identify criminals in your community, if you were to testify in court, you could deprive many criminals of their primary source of earnings. And you know the constitution protects a person's choice of occupation. In a Biblical society the criminals live in fear of the people. In a Humanistic society the people live in fear of the criminals.
CRIMINALISE THE VICTIMS In addition, it is important to criminalise the victims and to ignore the real criminals. It is safer to prosecute law-abiding citizens than to pursue real criminals. So, instead of dealing with the millions of illegal firearms in the country, let us hara*s the law-abiding citizens who have licensed firearms. Instead of dealing with the dangerous unlicensed taxi drivers in their un-roadworthy vehicles, let us rather go after parking offenders outside a crowded church on Sunday morning. Instead of tackling crime syndicates, let's rather hara*s some farmer who may have inherited some rifles from his grandfather. It is much safer to prosecute law-abiding citizens than to pursue real criminals.
And so, next time people ask why is it that crime is increasing in society? Look no further than the mealy mouthed, limp wristed, pacifistic, cowardly and compromising responses to crime. It is these how-to-be-a-good-victim mantras which are a recipe for crime and chaos.
THE CRIMINALS' NIGHTMARE But as a Christian, however, our attitude has to be shaped by the Scriptures: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 “Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the Faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 “Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough.” Ecclesiastes 8:11 “Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, Who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14
Maybe it's time for us to stop listening to the criminals and their public relations agents. Let us take God's Word seriously and instead of giving in to and co-operating with crime, we need to be prepared to not be good victims, but rather to be a criminal's worst nightmare: an armed citizen with neighbours who will back him up in resisting crime.
(Dr Peter Hammond is the author of Holocaust in Rwanda and Security and Survival In Unstable Times.)
By Lolly Bowean Tribune staff reporter Published May 24, 2006, 5:40 PM CDT
A 14-year-old Riverdale boy who tried to rob an elderly man in his home ended up in a hospital and then in police custody after his victim fought back, shooting him four times in the arms, legs and buttocks, police said.
Police said the teen broke into the home of a 78-year-old ex-Marine and retired firefighter and beat the man in the head with a pair of pruning shears. But when the victim had the chance, he grabbed his gun and opened fire.
"This guy chose the wrong house," Riverdale Police Chief Pete Satriano said. "This man fought for his life, and he won. He refused to be a victim."
Both the teen and the victim were taken to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries. Police would not release their names, saying the teen is a juvenile and they typically do not reveal the names of crime victims.
The incident started about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 14100 block of South LaSalle Street, Satriano said. The teen broke a window on the side of a house, reached in and opened a door.
He was inside searching the dwelling when the man heard him and walked up to him, the chief said. That's when the teen allegedly grabbed the shears and began beating the man.
"He beat him pretty bad," Satriano said. "Then he dragged him around the house, yelling, 'Tell me where the money is.'"
At some point, the teen was distracted, and the victim grabbed his gun off a table and began firing.
"The 14-year old wrestled the gun from him and ran with it," the chief said. "He ran out of the house and threw the gun near a tree."
The teen ran down a nearby alley. Some men working on a house a block away heard him moaning and offered to help him. When they saw he had been shot, they called police.
The boy was cited in a delinquency petition with attempted murder, two counts of home invasion and five counts of aggravated battery, authorities said.
He was being held this afternoon at the Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago.
The victim also was treated and released.
"He's not in the best condition, but he's alive," Satriano said.
"We have no idea why his house was selected," the chief said. "The neighbors we talked to, they were upset that this happened to a senior."