The City of Manassas Police Department is offering a free Refuse To Be A Victim seminar on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Police Station at 9518 Fairview Ave.
The Refuse To Be A Victim seminar is a National Rifle Association program that promotes awareness and prevention of criminal confrontations. Seminar topics include home, auto, phone, technology, travel and personal security. Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common‑sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives.
Refuse To Be A Victim was developed in 1993 in response to requests from women nationwide for crime prevention seminars. In 1997, the program became co‑ed. With hundreds of instructors nationwide, seminars have been presented in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Thousands of men and women have benefited from the program’s life saving message.
This sounds like an excellent chance to learn some crime prevention tips and personal safety behaviors that could be life saving. The highlighted (my bold) words “common-sense” leaped off the page at me, however. Several people on the blog have challenged the use of the words “common sense,” yet they are the very words used to describe this program. I believe that ‘common-sense’ is self defining. Common implies everyone would agree, a commonly shared belief.
Common sense is going to have to work both ways. The NRA doesn’t get to define ‘common sense.’ The American people get to define ‘common sense’ with particular attention paid to local conditions.
What might be common sense for the City of Manassas might not be common sense for the rural part of northern California. Different hazards.
One question, is this program open to the public from all jurisdictions or is it limited to City -folk?