Oh where to start. The old say ďTruth is stranger than fictionĒ has hit the nail on the head.

Oh where to start. The old say ďTruth is stranger than fictionĒ has hit the nail on the head.

Letís recap, shall we?

This week a man is arrested in Hampstead for dealing heroin and prescription pills when his alleged pill supplier comes wandering into the house. Really? Cop cars and flashing lights werenít a deterrent? A woman who works for DSS is arrested because one of her foster children was reportedly found handcuffed by the ankle to the front porch while a dead chicken is hanging from his neck. I have a cure for her Ö and then a young Marine in Jacksonville allegedly abuses a 2-week-old baby so severely that I donít know how to react. Breaking a babyís bones because he squeezed it too hard to make it go to the bathroom makes me want to tie him to a wooden stake and light a fire.

These people are broken and I donít see a cure anytime soon.

If youíre not afraid then you need to be. These are your neighbors, your colleagues and the man in the field beside you. These people arenít in another country, they are right here so pay attention.

Iím not telling you what to do, Iím just making some suggestions. With budget cuts everywhere (including law enforcement and emergency services) itís time we realize we may be on our own, at least for 15 minutes or more, during an emergency. Do you know what to do? Have you taken CPR and basic first aid? Go to Redcross.org and take the online class ďFamily First Aid and CPR Adult and PediatricĒ for $30. What have you got to lose? This is a great gift for a friend, family member or babysitter.

Would you be the person that looked the other way if you saw someone being abused? Time to take a stand. There are all kinds of abuse, if it feels wrong, it is. Make a call, donít be in the shadows.

I canít emphasize enough about the terrible and frightening problem we will be facing when heroin brings the gangs here. We already know the drugs are within sight, what do you think happens when more and more users pump money into the drug trade? Competition, thatís what; and unfortunately, that means acts of violence with little regard to the safety of bystanders.

Does your street or neighborhood have a community watch? If not, form one. What better way to meet your neighbors then to have a common goal of keeping everyone safe? Paying attention to one another is free and easy.

And ladies and gentlemen, if you are going to own guns, please know how to properly use them. Remember responsible gun ownership includes storing them safely so that they never get into the hands of the wrong person. Biometric safes are affordable and work off your finger prints. Doesnít get any easier than that, so no excuses!

Remember, knowledge is power and you are the captain of your team. Go team go!

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.

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