What You Can Do: Keeping Yourself Safe in a World of Sex Trafficking and Shootings


I'm a Leader Not a Follower Unless It's Dark Then You're Going First...


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all jokes aside I am still afraid of the dark at 30 years old. 

Like many of you, I am alone in the middle of nowhere on a daily basis so when I looked out as a thick layer of haze was rolling across the pasture and then back down at my dash to see it was 10:13pm I didn't think much of it other than it had been a solid 10 hours since I had eaten. I had spent the afternoon at a photoshoot and headed back to the ranch to look for a horse that wasn't with the herd when we had ridden earlier that day. I wasn't even thinking crazy thoughts I just wanted to find my horse and eat, thankfully Taco Bell is open late.

Then .... EEERKKKK a long screech followed by a solid thud was came from the right side of my truck, my heart stopped, I took a big gulp and swallowed. I just knew I was in for it... I may have screamed.. honestly I don't remember I just knew at any second something was going to jump out. My mind quickly told me it was a vagrant because it's pretty common for them to set up camps on the backside of the ranch. A few seconds passed and nothing, I took a deep breath and looked around and it realized the sound came from a long branch that had slid against my truck and peeled back a piece of the weather stripping. At that moment I thought to myself .. Trisha you're an idiot for being out here all alone, no phone, no dog and no gun. You're a sitting duck.

Ask around, everyone knows someone that has been stalked in the grocery store or parking lot, ran off the road, approached by a strange person, knows someone that's been involved in a shooting or has indirect ties to someone that has been in one of these situations. "You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know." ~ William Wilberforce

U.S. State Department cites that 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across borders every year. On average every 12.1 days, there is a mass killing, which is defined by the FBI as an incident in which three or more people, not including the suspect, are killed. These events are happening everywhere from apartments, banks, convenience stores, private residences, schools, superstores and warehouses and workplaces across the US, places you and I attend daily.

I believe in upholding the second amendment, and that a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. It gives those that are willing, qualified, and trained to take action the ability to not only protect themselves but also to extend the same protection to bystanders in their vicinity.
In 2018, over 17 million permits were issued throughout the nation. Although not every state requires or even issues concealed carry permits, here is a list of both so that you can better understand your options and make an informed decision on what action you would like to take. 

California requires permits and has a lengthy process to be approved for a CCW permit but it's time that I start, I am not comfortable making myself into a victim. 

States Not Requiring a Concealed Carry Permit

New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
West Virginia

States where Concealed Cary Permits are Required:

New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island

Non-Issuing States: 

New Jersey
New York


If you're not ready to cary you need to know how to use the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone.

How to Call emergency services - From Apple

Here's how to make the call on iPhone 8 or later: 

Emergency SOS countdown on iPhone X

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the Volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears. 
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

Here's how to make the call on iPhone 7 or earlier: 

  1. Rapidly press the side (or top) button five times. The Emergency SOS slider will appear. (In India, you only need to press the button three times, then your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.) 
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.

After the call ends, your iPhone sends your Emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on. If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you'll get a notification about 10 minutes later.

If you use the Emergency SOS shortcut, you need to enter your passcode to re-enable Touch ID, even if you don't complete a call to emergency services. 


Thank you for your comments on protection. I believe the time is here where a person who travels or works alone must own a gun. I live in California and have my CCW. Thankfully, in the county I live, the Sheriff believes that a law-abiding citizen can carry lawfully. I was raised in the country, and have been around pistols and long guns all my life. I have the knowledge and respect to carry. NO person has the right to come at me to hurt me. I will defend myself.

Teri Maxwell August 29, 2019

Thank you for this article, in a world where we are every day being bullied , harassed
& every attempt is made to deprive us of our hard Earned Freedom that many has paid the altamonte price to give us the freedom to make our choices ,you are correct when you say it’s time to Stand up , strap on those guns girls & defend what is yours!
Or else the rights to think & act ,will be taken from you. Remember; Freedom is not Free. !
My motto: Evil Men Rule when good men do nothing! History has proven that time & again. 🇺🇸 will never give in to those that want to take your guns & Freedom

Marylan Walden Taylor August 18, 2019

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