COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - People are still shaking their heads over the senseless murder of Bo Kirk. The North Idaho father and husband was killed during a one-sided road rage incident in Coeur d'Alene.
It's unfair to suggest that Mr. Kirk could have done anything to avoid this random and unprovoked attack. At least one witness says Kirk had no idea he had offended anyone. Kirk's death gives us good reason to reevaluate our personal safety.
Center Target Sports firearms instructor Ed Santos can teach just about anyone how to use a gun to defend themselves or their family, but what Santos really wants you to know is how to avoid a deadly force situation all together.
"There's no firearm skill that I can teach anyone that will keep them safer than raising their level of awareness," Santos said.
We now know Bo Kirk was killed as part of a road rage incident that spiraled out of control. A witness says Kirk didn't know he was being followed.
However, if you suspect you're being tailed, Santos says the last thing you want to do is drive home.
"Stay on the main thoroughfare, call 911. If you don't have a phone available, there's safety in numbers, so drive to a police station, sheriff's office, even a fire station, somewhere where you know there are people," Santos said.
Santos says your daily routine also exposes you to some avoidable risks. He calls them key moments.
"So if you think about it, whenever your keys are in your hand, as you are preparing to enter a dwelling or your vehicle, that's when we really need to be aware of our surroundings. Is anyone following us, is there something that doesn't look right, or maybe even perhaps something that doesn't feel right," said Santos.
So it's still not clear what, if anything, Kirk could have done to prevent his murder. But as his family grieves his loss, the rest of us can try to make good on his death and ratchet up our safety precautions.