Topsail Gun Gal: Learn how to react in emergency situations

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

Oh where to start. The old say “Truth is stranger than fiction” has hit the nail on the head.

Let’s 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 weren’t 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 … and then a young Marine in Jacksonville allegedly abuses a 2-week-old baby so severely that I don’t know how to react. Breaking a baby’s 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 don’t see a cure anytime soon.

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

I’m not telling you what to do, I’m just making some suggestions. With budget cuts everywhere (including law enforcement and emergency services) it’s 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 and take the online class “Family First Aid and CPR Adult and Pediatric” 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, don’t be in the shadows.

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