We have had a lot of tragedies recently. The senseless shooting of a up-and-coming singer, an alligator dragged away a small boy at a beach and almost 50 people were killed during a nightclub shooting — all in Florida.
People are picking sides and working on their political arguments. There doesn’t seem to be much room for compromise. There is more than enough blame and name-calling.
Ironically, for me, I heard radio shock jock quoted recently, describing most of the American public as sheep and the bad guys like terrorists as wolves coming down for the slaughter.
The analogy reminded me of some training I went through many years ago in a galaxy far, far away.
I have no doubt that others who have served in the military or law enforcement have listened to the concept and each has weighed some of the information against his or her own particular value system.
A famous firearm weapons instructor made a similar analogy of the public at large — nearly anywhere in the world, but he said it fits the American public most aptly.
According to this guru of the gun, most people you see are sheep and potential victims just waiting for something to happen. They huddle together, share their fear of the unknown and wonder when and where they will meet their demise — or maybe are blissfully unaware of bad things, so they don’t even know enough to worry.
Either way, according to this school of thought, the wolf is just waiting to take advantage of the sheep. This would be a terrorist, a robber, rapist, murderer or the like. The wolf is a strong and evil creature with a self-centered nature to take just because of instinct — with no remorse — hurting and killing just to satisfy the primal needs of the wolf that can be money, power, control or envy.
Fortunately, according to this combat instructor, there are sheepdogs. Such a creature is strong, loyal and is relatively pleasant to the sheep. The sheepdog will give his life in their defense and is as strong or stronger than the worst wolf.
The sheepdogs come in many forms, such as the military as a the sword to fight evil and law enforcement as a shield to protect against evil.
Some of these firearms experts even include those in the community who are armed and would come to the aid of others during emergencies. That is the concept they promote as part of the Second Amendment.
The only thing that keeps the wolves at bay are the sheepdogs, according to this weapons instructor.
Now what I found really interesting in this analogy from people who have lived much more dangerous lives than I have, is that the sheep don’t understand the wolf or the sheepdog. They are actually afraid of both.
But the reality is, without enough sheepdogs, the tacticians say, the sheep are in greater danger of being eliminated by the wolves.
If a sheepdog is tied up, his teeth are pulled or he is kept in a pen under strict control, then he can’t live up to his full potential to defend others and more sheep are going to fall prey to the wolf.
That is simply a concept taught by many who train others in self-defense. You may agree all or in part. You have that right, largely due to the sacrifice of patriotic, duty-bound people.
But I would be cautious before completely defanging the sheepdog.
Eric Steinkopff is a Civitas Media editor. He can be reached at 580-482-1221 ext. 2072.