Vigilance: The Solution to America’s Growing Crime Problem

“We are a nation of laws,” exclaimed numerous politicians who were themselves former lawyers. God forbid they were defense attorneys before assuming political office. Each state has a series of criminal and vehicle codes that run into hundreds if not thousands of pages. And each code specifies the type of punishment given to the offender.

However, crime continues to increase violent crime as well, contrary to what government officials boast. What can be the explanation of this disease? Liberal judges imposing light sentences and fines on those convicted in their loose interpretation of the “spirit of the law”? The disintegration of the traditional family structure in society? Or, has the American justice system eroded to the point where it has become ineffective? The answer lies partially in the 3 questions above.

Also, the laws are hardly being enforced, at the local, state and national level! Felonies of repeat offenders are being dismissed “in the interest of justice” or on slight technicalities in cities and counties. Offenders with violent and sophisticated criminal records who are incarcerated in state prisons are released early so that governors can try to reduce their haphazard budget deficits.

Illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America pour into the border as long as presidential administrations are not determined to seal our northern and southern borders. In fact, the Mexican military has infiltrated US soil about 100 times a year to aid and abet drug and people smugglers. They often exchange gunfire with Border Patrol agents. In such combat, these brave law enforcement officers are always outnumbered and outgunned. What an utter humiliation for the only supposed superpower left in this world! Of course, this news is being suppressed by the mainstream media.

With this government-assisted lawlessness at every level, what’s a law-abiding citizen to do? How can an individual and their loved ones be protected from violent crime? The answer is surveillance, a one-word concept that transforms a person from being a victim of violent crime to being almost immune. (Note that I am using the masculine pronoun to include the feminine gender to eliminate redundancy.)

One of the words of wisdom in martial arts states that “the body follows the mind.” The fundamental question one initially asks is, “how can I defend myself and my loved ones from violent crime?” Knowing the question is first understanding the question. In other words, how does one become prey to the criminal element? What makes someone susceptible to victimization? All questions can be researched from books, articles and internet.

Understanding how the criminal mind works is the first step in countering its evil deeds. Second, how can you avoid these threats based on your ability? Some people turn to martial arts, guns, or both. However, these methods are useless without competition. However, competition without the proper mindset when applying skills against a perpetrator or group of perpetrators once confronted is again futile and dangerous.

For example, if you have become skilled in combat arts like Krav Maga, but are not mentally and psychologically prepared to effectively apply your techniques against a criminal, you have wasted a lot of precious time and effort. The same goes for cutting and impact weapons, pepper spray, a stun gun, a Taser or a firearm. If you are unprepared and unwilling to use any of them to good effect against an actual criminal, your ability to survive an attack versus being a helpless victim is greatly diminished.

Choosing a martial art can be a daunting task as there are so many styles available to the public today. Choose the ones that suit your build, complement and enhance your skills. In addition, bet on a COMBAT art like Aikijujutsu, Ninpo or Ninjutsu, Escrima, Kali, Arnis, Penkjat Silat, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Kung Fu or any of its variations, and Krav Maga.

These types of martial arts contain effective techniques to neutralize, disarm, paralyze and even kill your opponent or opponents. Also, some styles use sticks and knives in their training. Aikido, on the other hand, is probably considered the gentlest and most graceful of all the arts. His training actually shatters the practitioner’s ego. In the hands of an expert, however, Aikido is a deceptively effective art for neutralizing an attack. The only downside to this martial art is that it takes more time and effort to skillfully learn the techniques.

However, being able to freely choose and carry a weapon or set of weapons is limited by the laws of your city, county, and state. In the liberal and politically correct state of California, for example, carrying a cane, ASP or martial arts stick in public is considered a crime. Similarly, carrying a butterfly knife, dagger or switch blade carries the same offence.

A Kubotan on your person, on the other hand, is legal in most places. I wrote an article about this subtle weapon on “articlemarketer” titled “Kubotan: Diminutive and subtle but packs a punch”. Heaven forbid you conceal a gun in the Golden State unless you are a peace officer or have a concealed weapons permit. If you’re lucky enough to live in a state where you can legally carry pretty much any type of gun, you’ve greatly multiplied your ability to defend yourself.

Criminals, in their twisted perception, are not bound by rules or restrictions when it comes to carrying any weapon or weapons of their choice. So why should you defend yourself? Use of equal or greater force is necessary to protect you and your family. The application of mini-clubs, sticks and knives is properly taught in Escrima, Arnis, Kali, Silat, JKD and Krav Maga. In short, the techniques are incredibly crippling and deadly. Weapon retention and carry are taught in Krav Maga. To be well-rounded, your arsenal must include proficiency in COMBAT shooting, not TARGET shooting. So many bad guys today are using guns to commit their crimes, let alone teaming up to increase their odds of success.

Mastering the combative arts makes you more aware and perceptive of the environment around you. More so, they instill in you the vigilante mentality.

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