It saddens me to my core to see the evil that took place in Paris Friday night November 13, 2015. Evil exists in our world today and it is not just directed at the rich Americans. Sadly I am certain that this in not then end of it and more likely to be the beginning and a renewed effort to frighten the daylights out of peace loving citizens everywhere around the world.
I pray for the innocent souls lost and gravely wounded last Friday night while they were out enjoying an evening out on the town in beautiful Paris. It is loathsome and cowardly that these wicked gunman rounded up people and simply started shooting them. The truth is that there is likely little defense one has against this kind of attack. Surely the attacker has the advantage with the element of surprise in his favor. Even the best rained men and women can be caught off guard. More to the point as much as I love my guns I do not want to see a rifle on every other man's shoulder when I go out to dinner.
In this day and age of idiot evildoers it makes one wonder what has happened to us as a civilization. Have we become more and more barbaric with our modern internet and sophisticated weapons? These were not everyday Joe's with little or no training. They knew exactly what they were doing with calculated and deadly accuracy. I pray for comfort to the families who lost loved ones that night. There is little comfort one can offer for such a tragedy.
The real challenge is what do we do now to prevent, curtail or limit the carnage of such an attack. Somehow these evil men seem to prey on the timid defenseless lemmings of this world who are not likely to put up much resistance. Sure there will be reprisals but all that is after the fact and doesn't lessen the death toll. We will get some of them and stop them before it is too late but that by itself is not a solution at all.
The only way to stop this is to make it impossible for these idiots to go about their evil business unnoticed. All peace loving humans need to unite our efforts to expose these attackers before they can complete their dastardly missions. Yes all of us need to be diligent and vigilant and get to know our neighbors. These attackers cannot function in complete anonymity unless we let them. You don't need to be nosey to know your neighbor and pay attention to who comes and goes right under your nose.
As a Realtor for more than three decades I have spent time in my neighborhood getting to know many of my neighbors. I had to do that to make a living. No it is not easy but it can be done if we make and effort. What I found in doing my door to door selling was how easy it was so sell a lot to the next door neighbor because the owner of the lot did not know or speak to his neighbor, ever! That is the one thing than needs to change to stop this lunacy. We should all have some idea of who are neighbors are and what is going on in our neighborhoods. You can't hide from the whole neighborhood. To be safer and stronger we all need to get to know each other better and it needs to start right now before it is too late!
I have been watching my neighbor rebuilding his new home across the lake from my home. He is the only person in the neighborhood that I can see from my lanai that worked later into the night than I do. He must be younger than I am. Tonight I will go shake his hand and meet him. I think I like him already and sadly I don't know him. Not yet. But I will fix that now. Get to know your neighbors. It could save your life one day!