No Victims

vic⋅tim

–noun

1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: a victim of an automobile accident.
2. a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.

The above definition, courtesy of Dictionary.Com, illustrates “victim” as a passive noun (one is a victim, there is no action required).  There is no accompanying passive verb form of the word for a person who facilitates or allows themselves to be victimized (the active form of the verb).  One is a victim or one is not.  “To be a victim” implies that one has no control.

Sure, sometimes being a victim is unavoidable.  Being rear-ended by a driver that then flees the scene of the accident makes you a victim of a hit-and-run.  The only way to have avoided it would have been not to have been driving in the first place.  A cook in a restaurant not paying enough attention to the temperature of the chicken wings before he throws them in the deep fryer could lead to you being a victim of food poisioning.  It could only have prevented if you hadn’t eaten.  There isn’t much that can be done about such situations.

But what about that group of situation where we do have some measure of control?  Can we refuse to not be a victim of crime? Can we choose to not let our house be burgled?  Can we choose to not have our identity stolen?  Can we choose to not be assaulted, mugged, raped or murdered?  Can we, to some extent, refuse to be a victim of crime?

The answer is a resounding “yes.”  There are techniques we can learn to make us a less likely burglary target.  Two simple actions we all can take (freezing credit reports and creating a transaction password requirement for all bank transactions) can  virtually eliminate the potential of having one’s identity stolen.  Increased situational awareness and commanding the basics of self-defense can reduce the potential of injury or death when others seek to rob us of our property, our autonomy or our lives.

However, refusing to be a victim isn’t easy, and it seldom is convenient. It is a committment to one’s self and one’s family that will impact everything you do every single day in some little way. And some big ones too.  To refuse is to take action.  To be a victim is to be passive.

Which would you rather be?

This site, and this blog, is for you if you said, “I refuse to be a victim.”  It is all about safety and how to improve it.   Check back often for updates in two major topic areas:

  • How to make one’s self, one’s family, one’s home, one’s car and one’s life generally safer, and
  • How to improve one’s ability to safely and effectively handle firearms.

More on the relationship between these two topic areas later.  In the meantime, once again be welcome.

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