‘Surplus killing’: Our society needs sheepdogs with teeth

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http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2018/02/20/Surplus-killing-Our-society-needs-sheepdogs-with-teeth/stories/201802200014

By Sam Rosenberg

There is a disturbing cycle of violence that occurs when a wolf gets loose among a flock of domesticated sheep. The wolf kills and maims as many sheep as possible as fast as possible — far more than it needs to eat.

This “surplus killing” is inflicted only on domesticated animals and is partly responsible for wolves’ reputation as bloodthirsty killers. Such killing sprees are often misinterpreted as killing for sport, but they really represent a wolf just being a wolf. “Surplus killing” is not caused by the wolf but by the behavior of the prey.

You see, in the wild, prey animals have strong defense mechanisms against predators. They have horns, speed and heightened awareness, and they often band together to protect each other — ringing the young and presenting an attacker with a natural defensive phalanx.

In the natural order of things, the taking of prey by a predator is a risky business and wolves often must work hard to cull a single animal from a flock just to survive. But when offered domesticated sheep, who’ve been bred into a state of docile helplessness, no such deterrence exists.

To compound the problem, when an attack occurs, an uncontrollable panic reaction sets in. The sheep flee in all directions, often abandoning or trampling their young, running headlong over cliffs or even crushing each other to death against walls. These “sheep wrecks,” as they are called, are as destructive to the flock as the wolf.

I am struck by how similar our society has become. Wolves are out there whether we like it or not. And wolves will be wolves. The problem is in how much like sheep we have become.

Absent a protector — a sheepdog — we have allowed ourselves to become helpless victims. And to compound the problem, when an attack occurs, rather than coming together in a unified way, we panic — reacting in all the wrong ways.

We clamor for yet more gun control, expanded “safe zones” and politically correct appeasement measures that serve only to embolden the wolves. These responses are useless in preventing the next attack and, in fact, only reinforce the vulnerability that virtually guarantees an escalation in the cycle of violence.

Interestingly, a wolf pack may be deterred by the presence of only a single, lonely sheepdog — a protector willing to do battle with the wolf regardless of the odds. This predatory logic lies at the core of the wolf mentality — whether alone or in a pack. A hard target simply poses too much potential for failure, thus the predator naturally seeks the soft target, the way water seeks the path of least resistance down a mountain.

Such is the case with human predators. Most of the time you don’t have to be a better fighter. You just have to be willing to protect yourself — willing to acknowledge threats for what they are; willing to recognize that managing fear is a far cry from achieving actual security; willing to realize that sacrificing liberty for the illusion of security is the surest path to more victimization; and willing to understand that personal security is, ultimately, an individual responsibility.

Willingness, though, is a state of mind. Ability is a statement of fact. One begets the other.

I’m not suggesting that we all become proverbial sheepdogs — most people simply aren’t equipped or wired that way. What I’m advocating is that we take a lesson from nature. If we come together, we stand a far better chance of protecting ourselves — no matter the types of attack — than if we panic and trample each other in blind ignorance.

Even though sheepdogs and wolves often look alike and even have much the same capacity for violence, the difference between the two could not be more stark. 

Where the wolf mercilessly preys on sheep given the slightest opportunity, the sheepdog would lay down his life to protect the flock. But the sheepdogs of society, to make a difference, need to have teeth! It’s way past time for us as a society to accept once and for all that wolves eat sheep. And you cannot protect yourself by declaring a “wolf-free zone.”

We all may not be sheepdogs, but we all can decide to grow a pair (of horns) and start taking more personal responsibility for our own security.

Bloomdaddy of WJAS 1320 Interviews Sam Rosenberg about the New INPAX Facility Coming to McCandless Crossing, Pittsburgh

Sam Rosenberg joins Bloomdaddy's radio segment "What's the Buzz?" to talk about the new range and training facility opening in spring of 2018. The new state of the art facility opening at McCandless crossing near Pittsburgh will include an indoor range, a pro shop and a training academy. Memberships are now available.

Local Veteran Owned Company to build Nation’s Premier Indoor Firing Range and Personal Protection Academy in Pittsburgh

INPAX Academy of Personal Protection – a local, veteran owned company – is expanding to 30,000 s/f facility bringing the Pittsburgh community its first state-of-the-art indoor range and full-spectrum self-defense and firearms training center.

Opening spring of 2018 in the McCandless Crossing Shopping Center, three miles north of Ross Park Mall, the new facility will include:

  • Open to the public indoor firing range
  • 24 bulletproof indoor moving target firing lanes
  • Civilian and Law Enforcement firearms training facilities
  • Full service retail firearms pro-shop
  • Over 20 self-defense, defensive handgun and gun safety training courses
  • Force-on-force simulation training center
  • Corporate event and meeting spaces
  • Fitness training center and more

“Our mission is to build a safer community by empowering people with real-world, world-class training” says INPAX founder and CEO, Sam Rosenberg. "The new facility was designed with our community in mind – from the inside out – and its foundation is being built on over twenty years of research, science and practical application in personal security.”

Designed for all levels; beginners to professionals; soccer moms to corporations - INPAX training includes:

  • Full spectrum private and group training:  Self-defense, Firearms, Critical Incident Response
  • Age and topic appropriate – for children, youth, teens and adults
  • Free community classes
  • Specialized programming for law enforcement and security professionals

The retail pro-shop provides a full line of self-defense, firearms and accessories, and personal security products – in store, and online. Every product hand picked by subject matter experts.

Several memberships will be available – from Range to Training – as well as walk-in a-la-carte access.

“We chose our groundbreaking to fall on July 4th to coincide with our 14 year anniversary, and to symbolize our rights as Americans to personal liberty and security” says Rosenberg. “We’re excited to be offering this unique destination, where our community - and folks across the country - can come together and build upon that great tradition.”   

About INPAX: Since 2003, INPAX Academy of Personal Protection has been a leader in personal security, defensive firearms and critical incident response training for individuals, corporations, schools, and law enforcement agencies nationwide. The INPAX team of professionals has empowered thousands of individuals with the essential, real-world ability to protect themselves and their families.  Founder, Sam Rosenberg’s opinion is frequently sought by the news media.  For more information, visit www.livewithconfidence.com.