"The Gift of Fear" by Gavin DeBecker, 1997


- Violence is around us - Violence is in us. Some experience it as a light but unpleasant breeze. Others are destroyed by it, as if by a hurricane. But no one is untouched.

- in the USA, more people died from gunshot wounds in the last 2 years alone than the whole Vietnam War

- by contrast, Japan with a population of 120 million has lost the number of young men to gunshot wounds in a year that is lost in a single weekend in New York City

- armed robbery is 100 times the rate of Japan

- in part, this is due to the fact that the USA is a country with more firearms than people - 20,000 guns enter the stream of commerce each day

- by tomorrow 400 more Americans will suffer a shooting injury and another 1,100 will face a criminal with a gun (daily)

- while Americans question other countries' human rights record, civilized Americans kill women and children at an alarming rate - in fact, if a jumbo jet crashed into a mountain killing everyone on board every month, month after month, the number of people killed would still not match the number of women killed each year by their husbands and boyfriends

- while we watched in horror the news of 19 children killed in the Oklahoma bombing, 70 children died that week at the hand of a parent, just like every week; 4,000,000 luckier children were physically abused last year

- after the terrorist attach on tourists in Egypt, many Americans cancelled their travel plans and stayed home where the danger of being killed was 20 times worse

- these facts about the frequency of violence may help you believe that it is at least possible that you or someone you care for could be a victim at some time - a key element in recognizing you are in the presence of danger. Belief balances denial. Denial is a "save now...pay later" scheme, because on some level you know the truth which causes a constant low-level anxiety. And denial keeps people from taking action that could reduce the risks and the worry.

Source - "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin DeBecker, 1997

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