I wrote yesterday about an interview with gun trainer Gabe Suarez of Suarez International on gun trainer Mike Seeklander’s American Warrior Show podcast. Near the end of the 1+ hour interview, Seeklander asks Suarez for concluding thoughts, which I found worth noting:
There’s alot of people out there today that are comfortable with violence. Comfortable with extreme violence. Not only that but then we’ve got this foreign ideology that wants to come in and kill us. So, I would urge the listener to understand the reality of this. It’s not theoretical. It may be theoretical if it’s never touched you. But those folks in San Bernardino, those folks in Orlando, I’m sure they woke up that morning thinking, “Ah, you know what, I live a safe life. I go to church. I eat my vegetables. Nothing’s ever going to happen to me.” Every time you leave the house, you need to understand we live in a time of war and it can touch you at any moment. So, stay prepared.
Two observations. First, although certain kinds of violence are extremely concentrated in American society, not all violence is. Rob Morse recently wrote about this on his “Slow Facts” blog, noting the difficulty of identifying a potential violent threat in everyday life and the high percentage of the American population that will be victims of violent crime at some point in their life.
Terrorist attacks like those Suarez mentions — the Inland Regional Center holiday party and Pulse Nightclub shootings — add another dimension to this because of their apparent randomness. They really can happen at any place and any time, not just in the United States but in Paris, London, Stockholm, etc.
Second, gun trainers do not simply provide solutions to problems that exist “out there” in the world. To motivate consumers/students to train with them, they must both DEFINE THE PROBLEMS to be solved AND offer their own PARTICULAR SOLUTIONS tailored to these problems. This is not a critique of the gun training industry in any way. It is simply a recognition of a fundamental social reality.
Both of these observations on the comment by Suarez brought me back to a seminar I attended at the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville in 2016. Steve Tarani, author of the book PreFense (“preventative defense”), presented on “Current and Emerging Threats: How this Affects You!” The motivating question of the seminar: “How do deteriorating conditions in Iraq, jihadist social media recruitment, cyber-attacks, our porous borders, and other current and emerging global threats directly impact your family and your finances?” Part of the answer is “We Don’t Know”; hence the need to be proactive.