Popularized and excerpted from Lt. Col Dave Grossman and “American Sniper”
There is a school of thought that has been popularized by the author LTC (Ret.) Dave Grossman and the film “American Sniper” that bins society into three different categories- Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Wolves. I am going to quote large portions of Grossman’s characterization and add another element to it, the Wolfhound.
Who are the sheep?
Most citizens are sheep. They are kind, gentle, decent people who are not capable of hurting another, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep, they are carefree. I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep, but they need someone to protect them from the predators. Sheep know that predators exist, but they live hoping that someone else will protect them or when a predator does attack that it will happen to someone else. The moment you forget or deny evil exists in the world you become a sheep.
Who are the wolves?
The criminals and terrorists, the sex traffickers, pimps, and pedophiles are the wolves in our world. They prey upon the sheep, especially the most vulnerable. The wolves commit nightmarish crimes simply because they are truly evil, they have no regard for humanity.
We lock our doors, form neighborhood watch groups, and pay taxes to support a police department because we know that wolves are real. We educate our children regarding the danger of wolves and how to avoid them. Our lives are affected by the threat of wolves every single day.
Today, the wolves have the ability to enter our homes virtually. They are stalking and preying upon our children through the internet. They are disguised as sheep, waiting to pounce. Wolves are the things of which nightmares are made of.
Who are the Sheepdogs?
They guard the flock, they are the soldiers, police officers and citizens who have accepted the responsibility for protecting themselves and others if necessary.
The sheep are not always comfortable with the sheepdog because the sheepdog can look a lot like the wolf. The sheepdog is armed and will run toward danger. Often the sheep are uncomfortable around the sheepdog, until the wolf comes.
Sheepdogs do not live life hoping that the wolf will select someone else, they have made a choice and a commitment to defend others. Sheepdogs are prepared to stop the wolf and have accepted their responsibility for confronting evil in our society. If the wolf attacks the sheepdog then there will likely be one less wolf. On occasion the best prepared sheepdog will lose, but he will go down fighting.
Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. If you have no capacity for violence, then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath–a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.
Introducing the Wolfhounds
Guardian Group is introducing a new element into this story. We are proud to support the Sheepdogs, and we want people to be free to choose how they view the world, and the evil that is in it. We want to protect the sheep and respect the Sheepdogs. They are necessary to stand guard and be vigilant on behalf of the sheep. But we also know who we are, we are the Wolfhounds, we were born to hunt the wolves.
It usually takes a team of wolfhounds to bring down a wolf. The wolfhound is not designed to fight alone. The combination of wolfhounds and sheepdogs is critical. But while the sheepdog will stand and defend the flock, the wolfhound is out, in the wild, actively pursuing the wolves. Once they get on the scent of a wolf or a pack of wolves the hunters, warriors, and sheepdogs must come together to complete the hunt. All of this is done out of sight and sound of the sheep.
Don’t be fooled, the wolves are out there hunting for vulnerable prey, but so are we, the wolfhounds. We are hunting the wolves.
Sheep, Sheepdog, or Wolfhound join us in our fight against the Wolves. Help us better protect our children and the vulnerable.
Guardian Group takes a proactive, offensive approach to combating the deplorable crime of sex trafficking of children in the US. We do this, beginning with the identification of a potential victim, that’s being trafficked as a commodity online. From there, it’s a lengthy research and analysis process of putting a true identification to the victim and mapping out the potential traffickers, by using Publicly Available Information, and then compiling the results for hand off to Law Enforcement.
Guardian Group is a non- profit that hires retiring U.S. Veterans from Army Special Operations Forces, specifically those within the intelligence, analytical, and tactical divisions of the force to complement resource-constrained law enforcement, ensuring sex-trafficking safe-havens are disrupted and eliminated. We currently operate in over 25 states and have completed hundreds of successful sex-trafficking engagements in direct support of law enforcement and families that need our help. We are in the process of developing strategic partnerships with world-wide and world-class organizations that understand the social and business benefits of tackling this exponentially increasing social injustice.
Guardian Group also operates in the education space creating the greatest collaborative impact on stopping human trafficking by increasing the number of individuals who chose to be informed, educated, and aware of the issue. We utilize research-based curriculums that focus on training and education for young people in school settings, hotels, law enforcement, community organizations, health care and the business community. Each curriculum is uniquely tailored to the audience and focuses on raising awareness about the crime, what we can do to stop human trafficking while also teaching the tools to recognize and respond if a person believes this crime is being committed.