According to the raving loons over in mikeb302000’s slice o’ heaven, we gun owners are all knuckle-dragging homophobes, just a-waitin’ for an excuse to go all Mediaeval on someone. Not so much. But all this Liberal finger-pointing got my mind wandering today…never a good thing when I’m driving, but turns up some interesting grist for ye olde mill when I’m not. Thankfully, today was a ‘home’ day…
So let’s take a walk on the wild side for a second. Let’s pretend (and hope it’s ONLY pretending here) that the wheels really do someday come off the country. Doesn’t matter how. These Doomsday scenarios may start differently, but they all end the same, with the destruction of Civilization As We Know It® and men living in trees.
Don’t wanna go that far out. I’m far more concerned with the Jericho Scenario. You remember. That show that was sooo damn spooky on CBS, about a post-nuclear USA? The one where it covered, in minutia, what would likely happen to a small town, if the bombs got dropped on the major metro areas, taking out those cities, and our commuinications networks. Yeah. THAT show. The one that had everybody watching it thinking, you know…those guys who own a gun or two…they might be on to something.
The show that, once CBS realized it was making the case for Conservative values, gun ownership, the 2nd Amendment, and a strong national defense, promptly canceled it? Yep. That’s the show.
In the World of Jericho, the trucks and trains stopped delivering food, the crops rotted in the fields, looting was common, and neighbors either banded together or turned on each other like rabid dogs. Oh, and there were the obligatory slams against companies like Halliburton and private security firms. (Gotta be a WASP bad guy in there somewhere, right CBS?)
So I’m thinking, in the last two years, we’ve seen the prices on ammo surge, the supplies dry up, amid reports that the Chinese were buying all the lead, copper and brass they can get their hands on. Then lead bullets, primers and powder became hard to get (due to the ammo shortage), so reloading became difficult. So what happens if some great calamity occurs, and there just isn’t any ammo?
Some of you are way ahead of me on this one. For those of you that still have the words “discretionary income” in your vocabulary (sadly lacking from mine, I can assure you), the drill has been to stock up. I’m sure some of you guys have what amounts to an ammo depot somewhere on your property, with a growing supply of essentials – ammo and non-perishable food. That’s not that wacky, for your Liberals visiting TTAG land. In fact Homeland Security strongly recommends that every citizen keep at least a three-week supply of non-perishable food, drinking water, toiletries, first aid kits, and prescription medicines on hand. (They don’t mention ammo, but that’s not very P.C. nowadays.)
But let’s say that things go from bad to worse. The cavalry and/or Marines are otherwise occupied, and you have to hold down your own bleedin’ fort for the nonce. Looters are a major problem, and bullets are suddenly in short supply. Or perhaps your livin’ the rural life, but realize there’s a finite amount of rounds in the cupboard, but you can envision outliving your ammo – if you can. What are you gonna do THEN?
I’m hoping we won’t devolve into some semi-civilized society that looks like a cross between A Boy and His Dog and Mad Max: Thunderdome. But I’m thinking of taking the advice of several Army guys I know, and buying a (wait for it…) crossbow.
I know. Sounds whacked, doesn’t it? But think about it for a second. Arrows are the original “green” ammo. Use and reuse and reuse and reuse. A modern crossbow can stop large game. Smaller ones can take out squirrels, or even a coyote on occasion. And I’ve seen a whole bunch of movies where bad guys get their dirt naps, courtesy of a strategically-placed arrow. (And by the by, yes, I do know the difference in a longbow and a crossbow, and I realize that Flynn is holding a longbow. Got it. Thanks. Now back to my regularly scheduled screed…)
Now I’m not advocating that you run right out and get fitted for tights in Sherwood Forest green. Nope. But while you’re sitting there, thinking about what happens when the wheels come off, maybe it’s time to take a cue from the guys that were defending themselves back when the wheel was the latest in high-tech, and consider a crossbow. Think of it this way. If Col. Cooper thought of a pistol as the thing you use to fight your way to your rifle, perhaps a crossbow is the thing you fight with, once your ammo is gone.
Now pass the popcorn. The Jericho reruns are on Hulu.com, and I wanna get some first aid survival tips.