a Father to New Son-in-Law
E-mail was sent by a FReeper to his new Son-In-Law)
I just now sent the following e-mail to my future son in law. Tell me what
From your future Father in Law (step) I have a serious topic I need to
discuss with you. So serious it kept me up all night the other night. I can't
even talk to HER about it for a couple of reasons. In some cases she has a
serious case of "OSTRICH" mentality. She refuses to think of things
that could be negative or dangerous. She refuses sometimes to think of her own
safety...believing, I think, that if she ignores it...the danger will just
Well, when she was living at home, that was fine...I was in charge of
protecting "my little girl." Now...I can't DO that anymore. She is a
grown woman and she has found the man of her dreams...and now somebody else in
in charge of protecting "my little girl." YOU.
I have to depend on you...between us MEN, to protect her. With your own life
if need be. Just as I would if the situation required it. Are you man enough to
shoulder this responsibility? It's a rhetorical question, son. I KNOW YOU ARE.
We are in a de facto state of war. In fact, we are down points since blood
has been spilled on our own soil. When this thing hits Iraq, the government
seems to think it will be a foregone conclusion that we'll be hit again and
BADLY. It could make 9-11 look like a walk in the park. We are all in a target
zone. I hope it's Miami rather than Orlando. WE have been doing some planning
and are ready to handle it as best we can. We feel better US than Y'all.
What I'm getting at is that like us...you have to make a SECURITY PLAN for
the two of you. Have a place to meet....if possible, get to FAMILY who live in
____________ (we'll get you their info and yours to them). TRUST HIM he's tough
and smart and streetwise. IF possible caravan with them to _______. Be sure to
plan a route that does NOT make use of the interstate it could be clogged (watch
that movie DEEP IMPACT). Get a GOOD map and then actually drive it as far as you
can to make sure streets actually go where you want...make it a weekend
adventure with HER.
NEXT both of you should pack a "BUG OUT BAG" with important items
you'll need. Paperwork, like bank info. Clothes, camping food, and WATER. Enough
for BOTH of you in each bag. Each of you should keep the bag in your own car.
That way if you're forced to leave a car....you're still covered.
Speaking of being covered. IF the balloon goes up, the first thing to go will
be government control and that means the cops will be out of the loop. The bad
guys all know this. I saw it first hand after Hurricane Andrew. Before the winds
had even slowed down the looters were pillaging. On those secondary roads may
lurk the bad guys. They used to be called "HIGHWAY-MEN" and I think
the term is still appropriate. They will almost certainly be armed. If you're
not....you're DEAD. Their targets will be the vehicle, stuff and....HER. You'll
be killed out of hand, regardless of whether you just give 'em what they want or
not. SHE will be killed too...but not right away.
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
SHE has a .357 magnum and she knows how to use it. I have it here for her. I
need to re-train her but she'll be fine. IF you want it I will lend you one of
my 9mm semi auto handguns to assist you and I'll give you a fast "point and
shoot" class. I recommend this for a couple of reasons. You don't want to
force HER into that role. Her gun should cover your back....she should not be
the primary line of defense. ALSO this should be a guy thing...not a gal thing.
When the life of the person he loves is on the line for real...I would hope that
he can be ruthless if need be. I'm not sure SHE could do that and I'd hate to
find out the hard way.
PROTECT HER. THAT'S YOUR JOB! Are we clear on this?
I know that this stuff makes you nervous. You're just over 21 and you don't
have a degree from the school of hard knocks, yet. But the state of the world
will not allow for any tolerances or forgiveness if you make a mistake here.
WE are prepared to drive up there and deliver the stuff in a lockbox so your
roomates need not worry but you should NOT inform them that you are armed. We
will bring the guns, lockbox, spare speed-loaders for the .357 and spare
magazines for the Beretta and LOTS of ammo for both weapons.
I realize this makes you nervous. That's okay. It's normal. BUT ACT.......and
be PROACTIVE not REACTIVE.
This is an awesome responsibility and I don't offer it lightly. But these
are....extraordinary times. Later on, I'll get you the paperwork for a real
concealed weapons permit for both you and SHE. If it's an emergency I wouldn't
worry about it. I'd say you need to get started on this stuff as soon as
possible...time might be running out. Let us know about the guns and a trip.
No, it's more than important. It's life and death. Take care and get back to
posted on 02/13/2003 6:28 PM CST by ExSoldier