I'll leave it to terrorism experts to dissect why Paris was attacked this evening.
I want to talk about what you and I can do moving forward to deal with such risks.
I sit in a hotel room tonight, overlooking beautiful and vibrant downtown San Antonio. I'm quite sure Parisians and visitors did the same thing as they went out earlier in the evening for dining and entertainment at the end of the work week - like many of us did this evening.
No one thinks they will need first aid supplies, a flashlight, or a firearm when they leave home for an evening in town. If we did, we wouldn't leave the house.
Terrorism happens. Car wrecks happen. Tornadoes happen. Workplace accidents happen. Violent crimes happen. Making that observation doesn't make you paranoid. I'm watching cable news coverage of the event in Paris right now, proof positive these things do happen.
Meanwhile, Ted Koppel has a new book out in which he tells people he has stocked up three months worth of food in preparation for a cyber attack on the grid. He also dedicated three chapters of his book to analyze the preparedness efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - the Mormons. Ted Koppel. The Nightline guy. Who is now giving interviews saying "[The Mormons] have made a culture of preparing for disaster."
It's good to see others talking about building a culture of preparedness.
If you don't want to listen to me, that's fine. But please listen to Ted Koppel. Prepare yourself and your family, and then continue the conversation - at work, at school, at your house of worship. What we saw tonight will happen again. As will other disasters. Take the steps now to ready yourself in the event your family faces this.
And while you're at it, thank those in the first responder community when you can. I picked up the tab of the two San Antonio Police Department officers sitting in the booth next to me at dinner tonight. They were very gracious and came over to thank me; I thanked them for their service and asked them to stay safe tonight. As they walked away, I said "God bless you." They stopped, turned around, and said "thank you very much."
Paris is why we prepare.
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