Safety in numbers
Personal safety I believe is best achieved
by banding together with like minded local people. Safety is in
numbers and common sense. I do not think it is possible for one
family to do it all when things get really tough for a prolonged
period of time. Murphy's Law states that anything that can possibly
go wrong, does.
It is said that for an average American
family to maintain their comfort level if all of their modern conveniences
are taken away, meaning no power, would require four full time slaves
The solution I believe is to simplify
one's life and form an alliance or a network of family, friends
and neighbors that are on the same wave length and share resources,
labor and ideas. The key is having something to contribute, to barter,
a skill, a service or a resource that are needed and can be helpful
I see guns as liquid assets similar
to precious metals. Very desirable to have as a commodity. They
don't lose value over time and are a better store of wealth than
dollars. They are also great bartering items.
Up here ownership of guns are a foregone
conclusion. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a gun. I have two
rifles, a .303 British Enfield with a scope and a .30-30 Winchester
lever action carbine and two revolvers, a .38 S&W revolver and
a .44 magnum revolver. I fire them maybe once every five years or
so to just make sure they work and to clean. I've accumulated them
over the years through trades.
As for having guns for protection up
here is a far fetched idea in my view. There is nothing in the woods
around here that can realistically threaten a person. Maybe a black
bear mom with cubs surprised or an aging cougar on the prowl for
an easy meal can be dangerous but chances of encountering a scenario
like that are what, one in a thousand at best? Besides being fully
armed at all times is a ridiculous concept except maybe in a known
grizzly bear domain in Alaska.
The idea of defending your home with
guns against marauding mobs is dellusional also. Maybe in an inner
city or even the suburbs but not out in the country. I can't see
it happening. It won't nearly be easy for the mob as running to
a local Walmart and jumping through a smashed store front window.
Why would they even make the effort to come here when gas goes above
$7 a gallon plus the correct general assumption that people out
in country all have guns and know how to use them.
Guns to poach for food can work in
an emergency situation but not long term as a way to eat. Fishing
will give much better results. The only time I was glad to have
a gun was when I was compelled to dispatch a beloved dog who was
suffering from terminal illness and a sudden onset of great pain.