Prepping and Protection
Food, water, shelter, and PROTECTION. Though there are other important aspects of prepping, these are the basic needs that should be covered by your supplies as a prepper. Among things like pepper-spray, martial arts, impact weapons, and edged tools, a firearm is a tool that could save your life in an emergency situation.
As the gun control debate continues to rage across the country, I came across an interesting article that makes some very important points in regards to firearms, prepping, and protection. The writer, who is a best-selling author of several novels, is a Massachusetts born liberal. I do not condone or support all of the points he addresses in this piece, but there were some worth mentioning. Here is an excerpt from that op-ed, which appeared in the 28 January 2013 issue of the New York Times; it picks up during the Hurricane Rita evacuation, which came the shortly after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the US:
“As many as 3.7 million people had the same idea, making Rita one of the largest evacuations in history, with predictable results.
By 2 in the morning, after six hours on the road, we had made it all of 50 miles. The scene was like a snapshot from the Apocalypse: crowds milling restlessly, gas stations and mini-marts picked clean and heaped with trash, families sleeping by the side of the road. The situation had the hopped-up feel of barely bottled chaos. After Katrina, nobody had any illusions that help was on its way. It also occurred to me that there were probably a lot of guns out there — this was Texas, after all. Here I was with two tiny children, a couple of thousand dollars in cash, a late-model S.U.V. with half a tank of gas and not so much as a heavy book to throw. When my wife wouldn’t let me get out of the car so the dog could do his business, that was it for me. We jumped the median, turned around, and were home in under an hour.” (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/opinion/confessions-of-a-liberal-gun-owner.html)
Regardless of where you fall on the gun control debate, what I want you to do is put yourself in the writer’s shoes. He was stuck in the middle of a mass evacuation with millions of other people, with no authorities really controlling anything. He had nothing, not even a “heavy book” to protect himself or his family. And instead of staying on the road, trying to get out of the path of the storm, he was forced to turn his car, and family around; in that moment, the coming hurricane seemed more welcoming than the thought of his inability to protect his family on the road.
An unfortunate reality of our world is that evil exists, and evil people do evil things. Criminals commit acts of violence with firearms every day, and that reality is exacerbated in emergency situations. In addition to criminals who break the law in “normal” society, those who are suffering, or watching their families suffer are more willing to commit crimes in order to get what they need, regardless of who they must hurt along the way. Because of this reality, and because the threat of firearms violence exists, the only way to be truly prepared in an emergency situation is to have the ability to meet that threat with the same amount of force in order to prevent it beforehand, or to stop it.
I’ve said this before, but as a former law enforcement officer, I’ve seen firsthand the horrible evil people are capable of inflicting upon one another. And because of that, I don’t’ think it’s just the military, the police, the rich, or those in power who should have firearms. I do believe, for various reasons, citizens SHOULD have the right to keep (own) and bear (carry) firearms. And the founding fathers obviously believed in this right as well, which is why they made sure this was one of the first rights GUARANTEED to citizens by the Constitution.
And because this right is guaranteed, and should not be infringed upon, I encourage anyone who is serious about prepping to make sure they know the laws, get the right training, practice safe and responsible gun ownership, and have firearms as an integral part of their emergency supplies.
But don’t take my word for it. Just ask Justin Cronin, NYTimes best-selling author and writer of the aforementioned op-ed. Because after his experiences with large scale emergency situations, Mr. Cronin now owns half a dozen semi-automatic pistols, is shopping for a shotgun, and is teaching his kids to shoot as well.