When people are unaware of new solutions, people resort to conventional and status quo solutions. When looking at post-event reports from incidents of violence, it becomes clear that status quo solutions make it easy for at-risk individuals (often referred to as unstable, disconnected, even mentally ill) and other evil doers to commit more shootings and more acts of violence.
Unaware = Status Quo = More Shootings and More Violence
Have you ever wondered why and how so many unstable and at-risk individuals can so easily execute their violent and evil attacks in almost any school, higher education institution, health care organization, business and community?
Because pretty much anyone can defeat status quo solutions.
Status quo solutions have proven time and time again that they are not effective at reducing or preventing violence. Statistics reveal shootings, sexual abuse, suicides, bullying, drug overdoses, gang violence, workplace violence, homegrown violent extremist attacks, and numerous other acts of violence and evil are not being reduced, in fact, many acts of violence are increasing, and the costs and consequences are significantly increasing too.
What are examples of conventional and status quo solutions?
Laws, Security Measures, and traditional First Responder Programs.
Lawmakers Making Laws and More Laws – In the USA, we have numerous longstanding laws that prohibit killing, abusing, and numerous other violent crimes, but bad guys and evil doers don’t follow or even care about laws. Even so, lawmakers continue to create more laws mandating more status quo solutions (see examples below). Laws never have, and never will be, an effective solution to prevent violence because laws are words, not proactive intervention, disruption, and prevention actions.
Security Measures – Security measures include security cameras, security guards/officers, security alarms, security doors/locks, security/visitor access, security assessments and trainings, metal detectors, etc.
Security measures by design are last resort options designed to react and respond to a threat already at your organization, not prevent them from escalating and getting to your front door before attacking. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agrees and stated the following:
“The importance of detecting and addressing concerning behavior, thoughts, or statements cannot be overstated. In fact, preventing violence by detecting and addressing these red flags is more effective than any physical security measure.”
All lawmakers, community leaders, and organizational decision-makers need to be aware of the research that exists, the findings from DHS, and they need to be aware that the next generation Prevention Platform already exists. The Prevention Platform provides proven and effective tools for collecting, sharing, assessing, collaborating, connecting, monitoring, intervening, disrupting, and preventing incidents and red flags– not more status quo security measures.
First Responder Programs – First Responders are brave, they are heroes and we need them, but First Responders are not First Preventers. In fact, First Responders, such as law enforcement, cannot respond or take action until there is a crime, which is almost always too late. First Responders are trained to respond and react, not intervene, disrupt, and prevent the initial escalation.
This why the next generation First Preventers Program is needed. The First Preventers Program offers proven strategies, trainings, and tools so individuals, organizations, and communities can more effectively intervene, disrupt, and prevent incidents and tragedies before they occur. All lawmakers, community leaders, and organizational decision-makers need to be aware of these new solutions.
Lawmakers, community leaders, and organizational decision-makers are unaware because they don’t have time or have not made the time to do the research, review massive amounts of data, and review years of lessons learned from previous incidents and post-incident reports. Unaware of what DHS has discovered. Unaware of the First Preventers Program and First Preventers tools.
When lawmakers remain unaware, they make more laws supporting more status quo solutions. Look at what lawmakers did after the 1999 massacre at Columbine, look at the laws created after the massacre at Parkland, and look at laws after the worst massacre ever (at this time) that took place in Las Vegas, we see more status quo security measures funding, more active shooter response funding, and more First Responders funding… but no First Preventers funding and no First Preventers tools funding.
When organization and community leaders are unaware, they implement more and more security measures – billions of dollars of security measures since 1999, yet unstable and at-risk individuals are still successfully executing their acts of violence and evil at schools, higher education institutions, health care institutions, organizations across all sectors, and in communities too.
You do not have to be unaware.
Contact us to see and become aware of what is possible with next level solutions that are actually intervening, disrupting, and preventing incidents and tragedies today.
Founder, First Preventers