Be prepared – don't be victimized

America has had its first look at the Aurora Batman shooter, James Holmes. Sporting dyed fiery hair and a blank expression, Holmes appeared before a judge today for his very first court appearance. Holmes remained silent during the appearance, with his attorneys answering for him even when the judge asked him if he understood his rights. 

If you've been under a rock the past week and don't know what we're talking about, let us help you. On July 20, Holmes walked into the midnight screening of the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colo. He was wearing protective gear, and set off tear gas grenades and then proceeded to shoot into the audience, killing 12 people and wounding 58 more. 

Although there have been no actual numbers released, we'd be willing to be that people everywhere are rethinking their late night movie cravings, and opting to stay at home. In fact, we'd also bet our last dime that multitudes of people are staying away from movie theaters all together.

But you don't have to live in fear. If we all walked around afraid of the "what-ifs" in life, we'd be too petrified to live. Brandon Webb, a Navy SEAL, has shared some tips to help people be better prepared in the future.

• Choose seats that allow for a hasty exit.

• Don't just hide yourself, cover yourself. Hiding is just concealment, while cover hides and protects.

• Carry a flashlight with a high lumens. This can help you to blind an attacker for just a few seconds – which can be enough time for fight or flight. Webb recommends a 200+ lumens flashlight that is waterproof, LED and runs off a 3-volt lithium battery. 

• Consider taking a self-defense class in your area, conducted by former military or law enforcement personnel. 

• Avoid opening night and large crowds that make easy targets. You don't want to live in fear, but use common sense and don't put yourself in harm's way.

Published Monday, July 23, 2012 4:31 PM by bulldog
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