The late Col. Jeff Cooper, in his book Principles of Self Defense, gave us his adaptation of the color code as a reference to mindset. Cooper believed mindset was more important in surviving a lethal encounter than the weapons or tactics employed. We agree.
- Condition White: unaware and unprepared, oblivious!
- Condition Yellow: relaxed but alert to any threat."Today I might have to defend myself.”
- Condition Orange: a specific threat has been identified. “I may have to shoot him.”
- Condition Red: Fight! With all at your disposal, fight!
We are in a time of a struggling economy, let us not forget that the wolves are very much a threat. As a law enforcement officer I can attest, first hand, that there has been a significant increase in crime, particularly thefts and robberies. The wolves care not how they obtain funds to provide their pups with spoils. We have all heard on television, and read in newspapers the headlines, of unwary citizens being robbed in broad daylight, or homeowners being burgled in the dead of night. Let us not fall into the habits of sheep and become fodder for the statistician. Stay Alert!