An Increase in Socially Unaccepted Behavior

By Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch

Finally, we are rolling out of the oppression of COVID and getting back into the real world.  And so is the criminal element…

There have been several releases of research papers on crime in the U.S. and various cities pointing out that crime has increased since the beginning of the COVID lockdown.  Some criminal activity is up significantly.

Limited enforcement resources, revolving door court rooms, a public attitude of tolerance, and an indifference towards the compliance of laws is sourcing an increase in criminal activity. 

Watch the news.  There is some sort of “Breaking News” reported every day about some type of horrific criminal incident.  And we are seeing some of these incidents in our neighborhoods.

In a recent group discussion, including a Law Enforcement Officer, a particular geographic area in the Greater Houston area was pointed out as being a haven for criminal activity.  This is true in several locations throughout the greater Houston region.

Along with the increase in bad behavior, there is an increase in the acquisition of personal protection firearms, and the follow-on activity of using those protective firearms.  Sometimes effective, sometimes to the detriment of the user.

Are we going to see our neighborhood street become courts of vigilante justice?  Nobody wants that.  But neither do we want our streets bloody from the activities of bad actors.

In today’s environment, we need to recognize and accept that crime is out there.  In the streets of Houston, as well as in the streets of Montgomery County.

What can we do about it?  Accept that it’s out there.  Avoid areas where the threat is high (which means paying attention to the areas in those “Breaking News” reports).  Be alert to your surroundings, watch for actions that don’t fit the scene.  And we can’t repeat this too much: “If you see something, say something”.  Call 9-1-1 and report what you witness.

And in a worst-case situation; be armed, be prepared and be accurate.  Which means getting practical training on “when” you draw your firearm and what you do automatically from that training and the muscle memory instilled from practice.

While we are “gun” oriented; we want your experience with a gun to be enjoyable.  We hope you never have to experience the stress and trauma of having to use your gun in self-defense; but we want you to be able to purposefully present your gun, pull the trigger and protect yourself if a situation demands such action.

When considering your safety and the safety of your family; awareness, information and practice are the key elements to survival.  We are here to provide you with the information and the training you need to stay safe. 

Plan a day at the range.  Sign up for a defensive firearms class or take a fundamentals class as a refresher.  Hand around after and get in a little more practice.  Those shooting drills work their magic when practiced.

See you at the range – Saddle River Range.

Stay Safe and Stay Alert,

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