Thursday, September 01, 2005

Lessons form Katrina, pt 1

Lessons from Katrina, pt 1

There is some seriously fucked stuff going on in the United States of America right now. An AMERICAN city closely resembling some crappy third world hole in the ground is only the beginning of it. There are so many rants going on in my head right now I can barely contain them all. Instead of yelling and screaming at my computer and TV, I think it’s best to break them down into the lessons I am learning from this tragedy.

Arm myself. That’s the lesson for today. I’ve always had access to guns. Owned a few, though I don’t have any right now. Never really thought much about it, I could borrow guns if I wanted them, though not necessarily immediately. I’ve always been a big supporter of the Second Amendment (odd that the Bill of Rights even needs to be defended). Always told people THEY should own a firearm. Always knew I'd get a couple eventually.

For the last couple of years I’ve been putting off buying some new guns because the ones I want are more expensive than the funds I normally have available to me ( DSA-58, Sig p220, Ithica 37 M). Figured, maybe the next side job. Maybe the next paycheck. No more excuses. No more waiting. Arming myself to protect my family, friends and possessions is now my new paramount concern. Cut back on the booze, cut back on the dining out, cut back on everything until I have what I need.

When I see how far this country has slid, I can no longer trust some of my fellow Americans. In most places and most times in this great country events like this bring people together, everyone helping each other out. However, too many times our criminal and welfare culture has so far eroded the decency of enough people, that even in the most tragic of situations animal instincts still take over and looting and rioting become the norm. New Orleans is not Rwanda, but give the police more pressing concerns and I can’t tell the deference between the two. Headlines in both cases have the words "looting" in them, what's next Warlords?

With our cultural bonds breaking down, civil interaction substituted for violence, and a class of people whom long ago forsook the social contract, force is the only hope for the rest of us. When the government cannot exercise that force then an armed citizenry is often the best, last, and only defense.

I will not be an unarmed victim. This is the second time I’ve seen in 10 years (LA early 90’s) Americans, devoid of direct police authority, behaving in a manner unbefitting of members of a western civilization. Liberal excuses of years of repression, poverty and other so-called injustices do not give anyone the right to loot or rob from others. Don’t give me this "it's all about the food" bullshit either. I can understand taking some water or food from a store, however don’t deprive others because you weren’t prepared or smart enough to handle a disaster. Even less justified, most of the looting taking place now has nothing to do with necessities, it’s all TV’s , jewelry and luxury items. Stealing a leather sofa and then going back for the matching end tables does not make you a modern day Robinhood.

If it has happened twice, this type of behavior will happen again. Even worse, every year that we slip further and further away from our fundamental American values of hard work and self reliance, behavior like this will become more common place. I will be ready if it happens to me. I will not lose everything I have because I relied on someone else for either protection or to respect our shared social contract. Armed response is an option I will have.

I will not go down whimpering.

I won't beg for what's mine.


UPDATE - Welcome readers from Smallest Minority. If you are not from TSM, head over there and read Awakenings I, II, and III.

UPDATE 2 - Yeah Rev, I am serious. I might have used a little more rhetoric than I should have but there are a couple of basic facts that when put together I can’t believe anyone wouldn’t come to the same conclusion I have.

1. There are people in our society who only curtail their actions ONLY because of fear of violence and not because of other moral consideration (afraid to go to jail or die).
2. Traditionally, the government, with its monopoly on violence is the source of fear (police using force to take you to jail or kill you).
3. There are times when the government is not capable of exercising its authority to create fear (New Orleans).
4. Natural law gives all men the right to defend ones self.

Owning and knowing how to operate firearms is really the only way to protect yourself when the rules of society break down. Give it a shot, type looting into Google News… See if it doesn’t make you sick, but then look for the stories where lives and property are saved by application of or threat of violence.



Blogger Rev. Brandy said...

Are you trying to be inflammatory, or do you really believe this?

4:16 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Hopefully he really believes this.

Welcome to the real "reality-based community." Good post.

8:28 PM  
Blogger al said...

Welcome to the club. I've always had a plan. Katrina has caused me to retool it a bit.

Be prepared. It's not just a motto but a way of life.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Zendo Deb said...

Expensive guns are nice, but a good solid inexpensive gun (NOT CHEAP) can save your life. (I wrote about a guy who bought a gun for $50. It jammed, but not before he scared the 2 bad guys away.)

A Mossberg 12 gauge pump action - you can purchase these used for about 300 bucks.

A Ruger .357 magnum can be had for about 400 or less depending on condition.

An AK-74 (AK-47 style) can also be found for around 400.

Any of these will give you the edge you need to keep you and yours safe. Go to a gun show and look around.

Buy yourself that expensive gun for your birthday next year. Get the House Gun now. Something functional and reliable. And buy plenty of ammo. (Ammo is cheap. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.)

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A SKS, the ultimate peasant's rifle is even cheaper, and if anything, more reliable. They can be had for as littl as 110$. Ammo is dirt cheap.

11:12 AM  
Blogger gandalf23 said...

I'll second the SKS. Ammo is cheap, @$100 per 1000 rounds, the gun itself should run <$150.



12:31 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

We live where there's a real possibility of earthquakes and civil-unrest, you gotta have contingency plans that include self-defense and defense of community. If what happens "outside" is a knife fight don't carry a stick - bring a gun and bring ammo. Save the swordplay for D&D fantasies.
All tools require practice for good results, from using a saw, to welding, to a paintbrush - fancy is not a requirement as much as proven reliability, a good painter takes good care of his brushes...

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think Bono will raise money for N.O. and MISS? How about all those countries we helped out for the Tsunami? Any foriegn aid coming in? I hope any money Bono raises will go to guns.


5:31 PM  
Blogger Steaming Dragon said...

Good for you.
You learned late, but you learned.
L.A. was my wake up.
I pat you better on myblog.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

A good gun now is better than a "perfect" gun tomorrow. SKSw/30rnd ($100), 12ga. Maverick or Mossberg pump($75), Springfield 1911A1($350), plus appropriate ammo. Tip; Better to have 2 of each of the above than only one SturmGewerPolyWhizbang58, or whatever.
Yes, good Rev., many of us really believe "this". It's not a question of whether or not the SHTF, but when and where me and mine are when it hits.
Also, nothing wrong with having a "walking stick" handy, and a knife, too. Just don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"SturmGewerPolyWhizbang58"? It's based off FN's FAL, one of the best assault rifles ever made. It's not german. It's Belgian. There's a 200 mile difference there.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you're thinking about obtaining a Class III licence, don't bother with an "AK." The "real" AK was designed from the ground up as a full-auto weapon. In civilian dress, it's a heavy, clunky .30-30 with the ergonomics of a brick and a big magazine that gets in the way and makes it impossible to go prone. Yes, everyone's collection probably needs one and there are worse choices out there, but for $400 you can do better.

If you're set on the 7.62 x 39 mm, get an SKS as your other readers have suggested. They're every bit as rugged/reliable as an AK (Simonov was a tractor engineer), but half the cost. They're generally more accurate and were designed as a semi. Plus, you can load from strippers and you don't have to keep worrying about magazines clattering about, getting dented and dirty or having empty ones taking up valuable space in your kit.

I'd also point out that there are plenty of good, cheap bolt guns in serious calibers like .308, .303 and 7.62 Russian. A fine Mosin-Nagant can often be had for less than either an SKS or an AK. They're more accurate, far more powerful, have better range, better penetration and are about as reliable as gravity. I'm far less concerned about some goof with an SKS or an AK who's making a brave noise and not hitting much than I am over a rifleman who knows how to hold and squeeze.

Give it some thought.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get the SKS and get enough stripper clips to hold 200 rounds of ammo ready to go. Also get the rest of the kit, cleaning, site ajustment, sling, and pratice shooting your new rifle. Get what you need now get what you want later.


1:16 PM  
Blogger No_the_game said...

I think it is a good idea to own a gun. Actually I am also thinking to buy one. I do not want to be raped. I do not have a lot to loose: 2001 Tayota and 2001 Sony labtop. I only need to protect myself :)

7:47 PM  
Blogger Zendo Deb said...

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10:21 PM  
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12:40 AM  
Blogger Firehand said...

One of the hardest decisions for most people to make is the one to be ready to kill. And that's what it is; if it comes to it, to protect self/home/family/friend, will I kill? There's nothing fun or adventurous about it.

Welcome to the group that has decided yes. There's no dues, there's no public acclaim, and some people will treat you like dirt for deciding this way. But if all goes to hell around you, you may find a lot of other people very glad you did.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people here may have heard these before, but here they are:

1) Better to have a gun and not need it, rather than need one and not have it.

2) I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

I recently got my concealed carry permit, and was thinking about a proper gun to buy for carry. Right now, my smallest and lightest gun is a Walther P22, which is better than no gun at all, but need something in a larger caliber. If S really does HTF and I need serious protection, I would reach for my S&W 10mm. But it's too heavy to use as a CC gun, and expensive to shoot, so these days I'm looking at the Para-Ordnance Warthog newly chambered in 9mm - about the same size and capacity as the Walther, but packs more punch, and ammo is cheap enough to encourage regular practice.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Good to know that there are at least some Americans ready, willing, and able to shift for themselves.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Isaac PC said...

Here's my $.02. Look around the gun shows for a Russian-made AK clone called the Saiga. Can be had in the original 7.62x39 for around $250. These are very recently manufactured semi-auto AKs that also have a mounting rail on the left side of the receiver. You can then get a solid Russian 4x24 scope and mount that slides onto the rail and locks into place within ten seconds. For close range work use the iron sights, for medium range(300 yards and under), use the scope.

For a handgun, I would go with a Springfield 1911A1. Not a hard decision at all.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Al Maviva said...

A gun? You'll never need it, in all likelihood. Then again, if you do, and you don't have one, you will be living (only for a brief time, hopefully) in a world of hurt.

Mossberg shotguns are a good relatively inexpensive option for a basic home defense round. A 12 guage birdshot round - #6 or #7 shot will do grave harm to an intruder at close range, but have low penetrating properties and be less likely to injure innocent bystanders if a wall is pierced. If there's neighbors, pistols pose that threat. Also, the sound of a 12 gauge pump being cycled alone, has stopped many a crime, and caused spontaneous evacuation of the bowels. Sun Tzu would agree, the best kind of gun fight to get into, is the kind where you don't have to fire a shot. Deterrence rocks.

Make sure you take a basic safety course (or have a knowledgable and responsible gun owner you know work with you to show you the ropes) and practice a bunch with it until you are good, and practice regularly on a periodic basis thereafter.

Always remember, there's no alibi for being negligent with it and injuring yourself or someone else in an accident; no alibi for missing a legit target and hitting an innocent person; and no alibi for missing the guy who is coming after you to do you in, if it comes to that. It's not an emotional crutch, or a big scawwwwy eeeevil destructo-tron, it's just a dangerous tool you need to know how to operate properly; if you do, it will serve you well and safely.

Welcome to the club of folks who like to exercise *all* their rights. As Judge Kozinski says, and the violence in NOLA demonstrates, this right is the one that secures all the others. See you at the range, Citizen.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous smoke my gun said...

Hobbes could not have said it better.

1:00 AM  
Blogger Cubicle said...

"A good gun now is better than a "perfect" gun tomorrow."

never heard that one before...i like it

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For an inexpensive handgun with a good reputation check out the Makorov http://www.makarov.com or the Bersa http://www.bersa-sa.com.ar/bersa.asp.

I like the Mossberg shotgun line as well. http://www.mossberg.com/index.html

And I'll add a vote for the SKS, preferably the Yugoslavian version for $40 to $50 more than the other surplus guns.

Who lives on the coast of FL, and it is more than an academic speculation.

9:28 PM  

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