“If and when the SHTF, working with your neighbors will be your most successful survival strategy.” Robert, I enjoy your site and works but must say, you’re practicing your shark-jumping with this recipe for “epic fail”. Your ‘armed intelligentsia’ might be armed, and they might be smart (and with this pronouncement, I have some doubt), but they are certainly sorely lacking experience. If you’re plan is to rely upon / work with your sheeple neighbors as ‘your most successful strategy’, you’re gonna die . . .
Have you seen how untrained, inexperienced people shoot? For all intents and purposes, you might be better off to “dig” your latrine with the ammunition you were going to “give” to your sheeple neighbors who’ve never shot a gun before.
Even most gun owners (fudds / internet commandos / gear queens) are woefully inept at putting hits on targets that are more than bad-breath distance away. Been to an Appleseed? How few put three for three on the 100-yard equivalent target right out of the gate? Damn few, that’s how many. How many lay in three for three on the 200-yard equivalent? Usually almost nobody. The head shot? Pure luck if anyone hit it (sometimes with an errant shot from one of the other targets).
Oh, they have lots of excuses, ranging from “just warming up” to “my sights are off” to “I not shooting off a rest” to “scope’s loose” to “bad ammo” to “I had an itch in an indiscreet location”.
And then there’s the matter of newbie gun safety – especially among men who think their man-card gives them all they need to know about wielding a gun effectively.
Robert, folks need to hook up with with like-minded, skilled and trained folks NOW if they haven’t already and make contingency plans for bad times that may come. Make plans to hole up at a defensible location with friends if and when SHTF. You can start by pre-positioning critical supplies (boots, gloves, shelf-stable food, water, flashlights, batteries, clothes, money, ammo, and maybe guns) and from there, if things are really bad, your friends can bring a couple of trucks over to your place and you can load much of the rest of your critical supplies to “move” to your defensible location if the worst happens.
I can assure you those unprepared, untrained, unskilled, gun-free neighbors of yours, when their kids are hungry and begging for food or when mom and dad need some life-sustaining food, water or medication, they will do ANYTHING to get it, including putting a bullet in their well-meaning, well-supplied neighbor’s back (that would be your armed intelligentsia, by the way) if push comes to shove.
You still sure you want to give them a gun?
You go ahead. Darwin will take care of the rest.
Don’t be a fool. Get prepared now – and that includes networking with like-minded folks with character, skills, and abilities.