There is a school where criminals go to learn the skills of the trade. It’s called prison, and the punishments for not paying attention are severe. One of the most important lessons is how to spot an easy target:
A favorite target of the criminal are those citizens who appear weak or elderly. Just like the lion on the plains of Africa, they will single out the old or infirm, and for the same reason; they are an easier target. Now, we can’t do anything about our age and we can often do little about being infirm. But we do have the power to get in as good a physical shape as possible our particular situation. We can also realize, as the years and miles go by, that we look like easy pickings and do something about it. It may just mean that we rely more on friends and family for support and protection. It does mean that we never give up on training, practice, and finding ways to make ourselves a harder target.
Criminals also like victims who are preoccupied and not paying attention. It is simply easier to slip up on this kind of victim and gain control before they are really aware of what is going on. Some years ago, I visited with an armed robber who told me that his favorite convenience store clerks were young women. He said they would often stand behind the counter, reading a magazine, totally oblivious to what was going on around them. And, today, you might notice how many people you see walking around with their head down, engrossed in their smartphone.
It is also the preoccupied citizen who continually forgets to lock their doors, at home and in the car. They are also the people who wander around the big parking lot because they can’t seem to remember where they parked their car. For whatever reason, they are not paying attention to what is going on around them and this makes them a likely candidate for the criminal.
The young and small are likewise seen as soft targets by criminal predators. But some young, small people are clearly less vulnerable than others. Youngsters with their heads up, always scanning their vicinity, without earbuds or headphones, not playing with their iPhones or videogames as they walk — but constantly aware of what is happening around them and showing no signs of fear.
Dangerous Children, of course, will always be in possession of at least 10 concealed lethal weapons and will be well practiced in their use.
Here’s more on being a hard target:
Walk with a purpose, and when you are alone don’t appear weak.
Speak with authority when a stranger approaches and never negotiate your own security with a stranger in the name of politeness. Avoid soft responses like “maybe.” Or “Sorry.” Or “I think I’ve got it.” Instead, you need to be firm and say “No.”
We live in a world where helicopter parents have made children and young people weak, dependent, and fearful. Instead of having been taught to watch out for themselves, they were instead limited unnecessarily at every turn in their upbringing. Their parents meant well, but by not exposing their children to the rough and tumble of the real world, they have turned their children into likely victims.
Corrupt law enforcement is often at the heart of violent countries and cities, including Venezuela, Mexico, and Russia. In Venezuela:
“It’s alarming how many policemen are involved in kidnapping, extortion, car robberies, and drug trafficking,” Ortega said.
Some 277 public officials are being investigated for kidnapping alone, the ministry said in an accompanying report.
The socialist administration has a track record of burying bad news. In 2003, when the crime and murder rate started spiking, the government shut down the police media-relations office, which provided regular data.
One does not want to contend with the violence of corrupt law enforcement on top of the violence of the criminal class. It is easiest to simply avoid the hotbeds of violent crime.
Dangerous Child Training Focuses on Preventing and Avoiding Violence
Human nature and genetic diversity guarantee that violence will occur — more frequently in some locales than in others. Dangerous Children may be better prepared to deal with violent offenders than most persons, but they have better things to do with their time. Such as laying the foundations for an abundant and expansive human future, and helping to build the next level.
And it naturally follows that in order to help achieve those things, Dangerous Children will need to avoid needless distractions and unnecessary casualties. This is why Dangerous Children are taught how to form Dangerous (and Resilient) Communities, and Dangerous (and Anti-Fragile) City-States.
The parallel nature of Dangerous Communities and City-States becomes apparent in the many situations where they grow from the same ground where pre-existing conventional communities and cities already exist. In such cases, parallel and “shadow” systems of organisation will allow Dangerous Children to build and implement human and technological systems that make communities and cities more resilient and anti-fragile — while providing an excellent springboard onto a higher level of functioning when the time is right.
Old systems of governance will often be shed like dead snake-skin when it is time for the vital core to move upward into a more expansive and abundant future. In other cases, where Dangerous Communities and Dangerous City-States grew up on original foundations, the upward expansion is greatly simplified.
Homicidal Cities and Nations Should be Isolated as Well as Possible
As we discussed in an earlier article, it is possible to create highly detailed maps of frequent foci of violence, and to use those maps for safer navigation of the human landscape. Safe zones of residence and passage would need to be worked out, with the information made available to all travelers and longer-term residents.
In North America, it is well known that particular cities and particular neighborhoods within those cities present the greatest risk to both outsiders and residents. The same is true in the rest of the Anglosphere, Europe, and in most any developed nation.
Dangerous Children develop situational awareness as second nature, whether traveling abroad or moving about more familiar territory. They do not tend to accidentally stray in the path of danger, as a rule. But violent and homicidal people do not always stay within a fixed territory, nor do they announce their travel plans or their presence to more peace-loving people among whom they travel. And so when one’s path crosses the path of violent and homicidal people by happenstance, it is best if one is prepared to deal with such situations as thoroughly as possible. Such training is best commenced early, and one should stay in practise.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late or too early to have a Dangerous Childhood.
Dangerous Children are taught to take care of themselves. But it is important for everyone — including Dangerous Children — to understand what they are letting themselves in for, when they travel through a particular region.
Detailed maps of violent and criminal activity should be made available to travelers — and to residents — of any country in the world. Such maps should be made to different scales, from the global to the national to the regional to the local to the city – village – neighborhood levels.
Here is an example of a global map of homicide rates by nation:
This type of map may help one choose between two different plans for summer travel — or for booking a continuing education conference.
Below is a global map of homicide rates at the sub-national level:
Homicide rates at the sub-national level help one to home in on particularly homicidal regions within a nation. Note that most African nations are unable to provide data for this statistic.
Homicide rates in Brasil in 2012 by state.
Travelers to Brasil may find statistical maps of violent crimes at the “micro level” more useful, for focusing on specific regions or cities.
The above map offers a look at different intensity hot spots for homicide within Mexico in the year 2015. Such maps may help to track Mexican drug cartel activity over particular time periods.
This level of detail for homicide rates might allow travelers to plan safer routes through the city, as well as helping to determine which tourist locations to avoid.
Here is a more detailed map of Chicago homicides by neighborhood for 2014:
The above graphic highlights differences in homicide rates between the safest areas and the most unsafe areas for three different US cities. The graph highlights how important it is to be able to distinguish between the “go” and the “no-go” areas when traveling to a city, as well as when living inside or nearby a particular city.
The website Neighborhood Scout provides crime statistics and crime maps for a large number of US neighborhoods.
Such city, town, and neighborhood crime maps can be useful for persons trying to determine where to locate, for purposes of raising Dangerous Children, or for purposes of forming a Dangerous Community — which besides providing advanced training facilities for Dangerous Child training, would also form a nucleus for surrounding groups and communities that wish to go Dangerous.
But even so, existing crime maps are not nearly detailed enough for those who intend to train Dangerous Children in different skills of neighborhood, community, and city/town analysis. To understand crime — and where future crime is likely to be committed — one needs to go beyond past instances of criminal activity. One must understand the foundations of local crime — including the groups and individuals most likely to be connected to violent crime, and other crimes that breed violent crime (drug manufacture and trafficking etc.).
This is one example of where Dangerous Child training goes beyond just sitting back and whining about future trends of decay that one can see in Europe and the Anglosphere as a direct result of PC immigration and PC crime enforcement and sentencing.
The Dangerous Child movement is not meant as an echo choir or a pity party, as so many forums who think of themselves as “Dark Enlightenment Forums” or “doomer / survival forums” tend to become. The Dangerous Child movement works to assist in the formation of cadres of competent, highly and broadly skilled individuals – families – and groups. Such individuals / families / groups will be capable of forming Dangerous Communities which are competent enough to form nuclei of resilience, anti-fragility, and functionality should large scale disasters strike a given nation, region, or continental area.
We have learned that societal rot tends to be funded and facilitated from above — at the levels of governments, media, academia, nonprofit foundations, organised crime, labour unions, big-money environmental groups, religions, government lobbying organisation, and so on. As a result of top-down decay, entire generations have been lost to the possibility of an expansive and abundant future.
Anyone attempting to help enable the creation of an abundant and expansive human future will of necessity have to take all of such organisations — and more — into account, in their research, planning, and execution.
We at the Al Fin Institutes believe that a significant part — if not the largest part — of modern decay, comes from the lack of an ongoing meaningful, positive, and productive purpose in the lives and minds of modern children. This lack can be laid firmly at the feet of most of the organisations listed above.
We do not suggest any type of vendetta against such groups. Rather, we suggest that the best approach is the creation of parallel or shadow infrastructure that tends to avoid such organisations as much as possible, while building toward much more effective ways of instilling and maintaining strong, positive, productive, and meaningful senses of purpose in modern children and youth — as well as adults, where possible.
But we must be aware of what is happening around us, on multiple levels. To that end we will be discussing more effective ways of evaluating nations, regions, cities, towns, communities, and small-scale personal networks.
Even the most intelligent and enlightened persons often fail to update their opinions and knowledge bases when critical data becomes available. Some people waste their entire lives on empty diversions such as the climate apocalypse or peak oil armageddon, when the information needed to dismiss such nonsense has always been readily available.
Dangerous Children must develop deeper levels of perception and cognition than we typically see in the skankstream of Europe, the Anglosphere, and elsewhere in the more developed world. They will not obtain such deeper levels of performance by drinking from the skankstream.
We don’t want Dangerous Children to be sitting ducks for predators. We teach them self defence in order to be able to defend and fight back. We teach them situational awareness so that they can avoid predators and anticipate when a predator might strike.
But we also teach Dangerous Children how criminals think and behave, so that they will be able to pre-empt the criminal before he strikes.
Another way to think of it is the way that isolated homesteaders learn to understand predators in order to avoid being at their mercy. A homesteader can devise defences for the cabin or compound, and can adapt their behaviours to avoid deadly predators on most occasions.
But there is another variety of Dangerous Child — usually one that is fully grown — who learns to understand predators better than the homesteader, and more like the hunter. A hunter must understand the predator at a higher level of thought and action, in order to successfully stalk and kill the threat.
We do not encourage the hunting of human predators or other criminals, in the Dangerous Child Method. And yet, the training of such skills is an option that is available to those who have the proper aptitude, competence, and motivation. Many of these hunter-stalker trained Dangerous Children will tend toward military careers in special units. After they resign or retire from the military, private contractor, or law enforcement, they will tend to make themselves available to train particular Dangerous Children in their turn.
But that is all beside the point. All Dangerous Children must study criminals and criminality before they are ready to move to free-range learning, outside apprenticeships, and business startups — to say nothing of going to university (a particularly criminal environment).
Asset protection — preserving life, health, property, and loved ones — is ingrained into the Dangerous Child from an early age. Understanding the criminals who would take their precious assets away — whether white collar crime, orange collar crime, blue collar crime, cyber crime, or all out mob-level crime — is the first step toward protecting his assets and loved ones.
The Dangerous Child must understand criminal methods in order to know how to prevent himself becoming a victim, and to understand what paths he might take when it is necessary to recover stolen assets or to exert minimal prophylactic retribution.
There is yet another reason to teach Dangerous Children the ways of crime. From time to time, government sets itself up as the enemy of law-abiding, peaceful citizens. In some cases, it may be necessary to break a number of laws in order to keep the government from exceeding its mandate. In such cases, the better one performs in preventing the government from committing crimes against oneself, the less likely one is to end up in confinement — and to find it necessary to escape.
We are only talking hypothetical situations here, and would never knowingly encourage breaking legitimate laws set down and prosecuted by legitimate government.
What sort of crimes are Dangerous Children taught to perform — but forbidden to execute? We will not go into all of that here. We have given some hints in the past, and will continue to do so. But we will do all we can to avoid creating habitual enemies of the state — while also doing what we can to immunise Dangerous Children against being victimised by individuals, gangs, or institutions.
Firearms are dangerous. There are roughly 3,000 deaths a year in the US from firearms for children and youth between birth and the age of 19. Most “child” homicides are among youth between 15 and 19. Next are suicides among youth between 15 and 19. There are only a relative few accidental firearms deaths in children in the US every year, around 200. And those could be prevented.
Where does most gun violence occur?
“… high rates of poverty, illicit drug trafficking and substance use all increase the risk of becoming involved in gun violence. In addition, “criminals often engage in violence as a means to acquire money, goods or other rewards.” … law-breaking criminals are the ones most responsible for gun violence, not law-abiding citizens…
… “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century.” Accidental deaths resulting from firearms accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.
… when guns are used in self-defense the victims consistently have lower injury rates than those who are unarmed, even compared with those who used other forms of self-defense. __ Guns.com from a CDC study
All Dangerous Children develop mastery in firearms safety, maintenance, and use. But not all children will become Dangerous Children. How should parents of ordinary children approach the issue of “children and firearms?”
For young children, below the age of 7 or 8, the firearms avoidance method taught by the Eddie Eagle program of the US National Rifle Association is reasonable: Eddie and his friends teach children that if they ever come across a gun in an unsupervised situation, they need to STOP! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up.
This simple approach teaches the child to be wary of firearms, to stay away from them, and to notify an adult if they see a firearm within reach. Safety training becomes more difficult if the child has been exposed to a lot of firearm violence on cartoons, television shows, movies, and video games. This is particularly true for younger children, for children with lower IQs, and for those with poor executive function. Parents must be strict with themselves about the safe storage of firearms and ammunition (PDF). The safest firearm is one that is unloaded and stored safely out of the reach of everyone but authorised users. Ammunition should be stored in a safe and separate location.
Famed firearms training institute Frontsight offers many training programs for youth and adults. Programs offered for children provide training in wall climbing, rope work, unarmed self defence, and firearms training. Think of it as a very expensive introduction to limited aspects of Dangerous Child training. 😉
How was Al Fin trained? When Al Fin was 10, his father would take him out in the open range to set up targets for practise with a .22 calibre rifle, progressing from there. The training was strict and thorough, and no loaded weapons crossed the threshold into the home, after shooting sessions. No weapons — loaded or unloaded — were ever pointed toward another person. Safety on and finger off the trigger, until ready to fire. etc etc etc.
In the Dangerous Child Method, children are first trained with air rifles. When the child demonstrates proficiency and responsibility with air rifles, they can progress to low calibre firearms. Progression to larger rifles and handguns is not recommended until the youth has demonstrated years of proficiency with smaller weapons of lesser recoil — and has had a chance to grow more padding and stronger bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Children under the age of 8 do not have well-developed executive functions, and children below the age of 16 are still undergoing significant brain development in regions involved in judgement and perspective. Just as importantly, most of today’s youngsters have grown up exposed to heroes who frequently shoot bad people, and have played first-person shoot-em-up computer games to exhaustion. Unfortunately, they have absorbed a lot of bad programming before they ever get their hands on a firearm. Any instructor of child firearms safety and training must keep all of that in mind.
Some scientific studies suggest that children under the age of 7 (before executive function development) may not benefit appreciably from firearms safety training (see references). It is likely that children who do not watch television, violent films, nor play violent video games, will pick up firearms safety training more readily. Unfortunately, such studies do not usually control for important variables such as prior exposure to violence, race, neighborhood type, marital status of families, level of supervision, etc.
One child may find a loaded firearm belonging to his mother’s boyfriend, and take it over to a friend’s house to show him, for playtime. In some neighborhoods kids will frequently see gang members carrying and displaying firearms, sometimes noticing the admiring glances thrown at the homies by teenaged girls. Some of the young kids will have even witnessed shootouts between rival gangs, or drive-by shootings. And sometimes the child will use a discovered firearm to even a score on his own.
The common denominators include lack of supervision, lack of positive male role models, frequent exposure to real, play, or portrayed violence, and lax control of loaded firearms by “grownups” in their immediate environments. Throw in life-long child-level intelligence levels and poor impulse control, and you have the recipe for an early start of life-long senseless violence.
Statistics for child firearm violence include accidents, suicides, and homicides — in ages up to the age of 19. Not much can be done to keep gang-bangers away from firearms, so a portion of those statistics should be seen as a given for inner cities and other ganglands of youth. For some of the others, stricter parental and adult control over firearms and ammunition would help.
The 3,385 firearms-related deaths for age group 0-19 years breaks down to:
83 for which the intent could not be determined
20 due to legal intervention
Of the total firearms-related deaths:
73 were of children under five years old
416 were children 5-14 years old
2,896 were 15-19 years old
The above statistics are from 1999. You are welcome to guess how many of the 15-19 year old firearms deaths were gang related.
US child mortality rates for children of all ages are trending downward — by almost half since 1990. This is true for accidental deaths, homicides, and disease. Even child “disappearances” are down. Most child disappearances are runaways, with most of the rest due to custody disputes. Roughly one in a thousand “child disappearances” are from actual kidnapping by strangers.
Firearm violence, violence against children, and violence in general tend to concentrate in particular places. You may not realise, for example, that:
Blacks are seven times as likely as people of other races to commit murder, eight times more likely to commit robbery and three times more likely to use a gun in a crime. __ Patrick Buchanan on The Color of Crime
Besides the close supervisions of firearms and ammunition in the home, the next best preventative against being injured or killed by firearms may be knowing which countries and which parts of cities to avoid.
Violence — by firearms or other means — tends to cluster in particular populations and regions. This is partly due to genetics, and partly due to culture.
Whenever you travel outside your own neighborhood, it is important to understand where and by whom violence is likely to erupt. Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Sooner rather than later.