The shooting at the Virginia ballfield should be a wake-up call. We are living in perilous times. Statistically, attacks are still rare, but agenda driven violence is definitely coming to this country. It is well documented, but there are currently 24 ISIS training camps in the United States. One is in Orangeburg SC.
The standard political knee jerk to violence is more gun-control and more police. But as we've seen in Europe, and here as well, it doesn't take a firearm to kill large numbers of people. Bombs, trucks, and knives have certainly created a death toll. The police can't be every where. The intervention of the Capitol Police today had more to do with being there on scene as a protection squad for Congressman Steven Scalise.
It comes down to this - you have to be prepared for any eventuality. We don't live in a sane, stable world anymore. Violence can reach out and touch you wherever you are at. Recently we had a high profile abduction where a man lured a girl from Canada here on the promise of a modeling job. It was only last Spring that we had a school shooting that claimed a child's life in a neighboring county. It can happen wherever you are at.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something at the back of your mind nags you about something not being right - listen to your instincts. Don't make excuses for people. If you are picking up a bad vibe off of someone - don't smile and be polite. Be rude and assertive. Always think escape. Where are entrances and exits? Is your phone on you at all times? Do you keep your motor vehicle fueled? Do you keep an extra set of car keys on you? Do you have relatives or friends in another location you can go to in case of an emergency? The list goes on and on. Plan, Prepare, and have a healthy dose of Skepticism and Suspicion when it comes to dealing with people you don't know or don't know well.