Have you ever had a compelling reason to watch your back or to have others help you watch your back and the backs of those you love? This is by far not an attempt to instill fear in any of you that read this, but merely to raise awareness!
Unfortunately, it is a stark reality that if you walk on the face of this earth, you walk alongside people that want to deliberately cause you and your loved one's harm. We believe that it is our responsibility to be pro-active and write about it in order to be the agents of violence prevention. We want to be part of the solution and not only stand on the sidelines doing nothing about this volatile issue.
Some people that cause harm, may not have wanted to start out that way, but due to biological, social, or emotional factors dip into the darkside and feel that they are justified in causing harm to others usually out of vengeance.
This is why we need to act now! This is why we need to assist our schools and community to look out for the evident and not so evident signs in these type of people.
Mental health must be placed at the table of how we support and deal with those want to cause harm. It is our duty as counselors to advocate for them as well. The very reason we got into this profession was to use our skills to help identify those who need additional assistance and to help provide the resources before they crack and cause devastation in people's lives. We are all for being pro-active and to standing up for bringing more school counselors back to the schools.
But for now, like many who worry about the safety and well being of their homes and loved ones, you have got to be vigilant about being too careful with who and what type of situation your dealing with. Take note of the type of person or people that you come in contact with. If you feel it in your gut that a person is dealing with some type of mental dis-order, bring it to someone's attention immediately. Because, just when you think that all is going to be well, it is usually often a pre-cursor to more threats and or eminent assault. It is sometimes better that these people are identified and or placed in protective custody where they can get the proper help that they need to live in a peaceful society. We believe that rehabilitation can help.
This is why many proponents and advocates for gun control make a solid argument as to why they should have the right to carrry a fire-arm. In a world where you can attempt to create a life of peace and structure for yourself and your family, you may come accross a certain situation that may need additional attention, such as: a hateful co-worker, a vindictive family member, an addicted mentally sick person, and an overly friendly neighbor. You just never know what is going to happen! And for this reason, no-one can afford to let their guard down completely..
Can a fire-arm prevent someone from harming you or a loved one? We believe that it can, but of course, we believe that there are other actions you can take before you make the choice of using a deadly fire-arm. We advice it to be the last option if possible. For example, you can attempt to reason with them politely, you can consult a friend about the possibilities of the danger they pose, and or you can seek legal or professional counsel to deal with the situation as well. This is what we highly urge you to do first. We know that you may want to quickly share your concern with family members, but first try and resolve it on your own because we all know that there are family members that will react irrationally and want to take care of the problem in a not so peaceful manner. Be cognizant of this, and live with the confidence that you can overcome your situation, as dire as it may seem. The support that you need will be there if you handle things appropriately.
But if the situation persists and you feel that your safety is at stake, then you must make that personal decision to WATCH YOUR BACK and the BACKS OF THOSE YOU LOVE by any means possible!
According to the statistics below from the US Department of Justice, there are way too many children that go missing or found dead in this country. As a parent, you can never be too careful or careless of our treasures. Love your child enough to do whatever it takes to keep them safe- Be very AWARE...
The U.S. Department of Justice reports