There’s an old Ray Stevens song about a fight at a family funeral. The song is funny, but fights at events like funerals and weddings are not.
Funeral fights are more common than any of us want them to be, but a couple of 2021 incidents stick out in my mind. One was a graveside fight in South Carolina, where a couple of people in law enforcement were involved. Another fight was at the funeral of a three-year old Texas boy who accidentally shot himself.
If you want to be security-conscious as you plan an upcoming private event, especially one for your family, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Speaking of heading-off problems, that brings me back to the tragic death of the three-year old boy I mentioned earlier. There are reports that he shot himself with a family member’s firearm.
In Rent-A-Cop Reboot, I wrote about the importance of safely storing your firearm. This child’s death is the type of problem that we must all work harder to avoid.
Whether you’re planning or just attending a funeral or other private event, if a fight breaks out you must get out. Staying around to see who gets the first punch, or the last punch, is never a good idea. When emotions are high we must do the hardest thing, and that is to walk away as quickly and quietly as possible. This type of thing is why you want to have security professionals on hand, and they are needed more often than you want to know.
I wish you a safe and enjoyable spring and summer, but you don’t want to be so concerned about fun that you forget that things can always go sideways. Be prepared!
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