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“I have a suspicion that should it ever come to pass, those desperately pounding on the doors of the homes of law-abiding gun-owners seeking shelter from the lawless mobs will be among the very lot who, once upon a time, in a more civilized age, self-righteously advocated that their saviors be disarmed in the first place.” – Brad Schaeffer in What A Hurricane Taught Me About The 2nd Amendment [via Daily Wire]

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  1. Or, to paraphrase from an event a generation or so earlier: “Hey, Chuck – do you have any spare guns?”

  2. This is one of the best articles ever! No malice, no chest-thumping, just plain common sense from a real life perspective. Read it. Memorize Thomas Payne’s contribution, and the last paragraph.

  3. …..Or you know, Paramilitary police in full camo with M-16’s and ballistic shields riding in MRAP’s Banging on your door to forcibly remove you from your home and steal your firearms.

        • Anyone who thinks that the Army will refuse orders to disarm lawfully armed law-abiding citizens in the event of some national catastrophe or period of violent instability, Katrina should should disabuse them of any such notion.
          Yes, many places changed the laws that allowed this, but it should have been patently obvious from the get go without any such laws that such confiscations are unconstitutional.

    • The Democrat voters had to be protected from those who refused to (in)voluntarily share their food, water, alcohol, electronics, and other valuables.

  4. ‘…we in advanced societies have grown utterly dependent upon modern transportation and technology, but that doesn’t make us any more civilized than our medieval ancestors. All it takes to regress to our more lawless days is to turn out the lights, shut off the heat, close the supermarkets and make gasoline scarce; then you will see the baser elements of our human nature unleashed in no time.’

    • “Let me tell you something about Hyoo-mons, nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites work. But take away their creature comforts…deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers…put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time, and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty, and as violent, as the most bloodthirsty Klingon.” -Quark

    • Thanks again Gov Faubus for elaborating your anthropogenic climate change delusions! : D

      What about Evolution aka Evil-lution Gov. William J Le Petomane, would this be merely another theory you might teach juxtaposed to Creationism aka Intelligent Design?

  5. I recommend bookmarking and rereading when you need a coherent response to an emotional gun grabber.

  6. I recently read a short story called Charlottesville. It was a fiction written for FEMA’s predecessor agency in the 1970’s as an attempt to describe what life would be like in an area that had not been hit, after the coastal elite cities had been nuked by the USSR. Very naive and leftist expecting that the straggling refugees would be allowed to settle out in the country, and even more leftist with the idea that would draft workers from the country to forcibly rebuild the coastal cities. Most naive and leftist in that the closta full of firearms owned by rural people throughout the country would not have been opened, specifically to prevent the refugees from massing an attack and to prevent the government from confiscating all resources and deploying them to the remnant cities.

    • Oh, you want to get them really wound up, note how dispersed, rural folk would do without the cities, vs. how the cities would do without their flow of food, water, fuel, power, garbage removal and etc from out in the wilds.

      Coincidently, my mothers’s region out in the hills has been without power for about three days, as of tonight. Might be another 48 hours, to a week and a half. Estimates vary.

      Nobody’s looting, and nobody’s dead. Mock people some moe for having a larder, house-heating source that doesn’t take electricity, maybe a generator, and so on. That 3 days’ haulable fodder and full tank of gas? There’s an annoying middle ground of service interruptions you can get clear of in 3 days-ish. Bad enough that you don’t want to stay there; not the end of the whole world.

  7. The veneer of civilization is thin indeed when caught in a serious crisis.

    Hunger and thirst will lead a good man to murder.

  8. If any POS wet ca-ca previous anti-gun gun-grabbers pound on your door, they better do it with a long stick, from a place of adequate cover.

    White flags from those kinds of people can only be considered a Trojan-horse ruse.

  9. There is an incredible range to the magnitude of attacks that people could face. Most people have thought about the bottom of the scale where a skinny punk with only his hands and feet attempts a strong-arm robbery. Of course many have also considered a single man or woman with a firearm, knife, or bludgeon demanding valuables. And that is about where most people’s imagination ends.

    Unfortunately, that is only the tip of the violence iceberg. We also have to consider attacks as “small” as multiple armed attackers looking for a big score, moving up to mobs looking for survival supplies, and finally all the way up to state level armies attacking our nation.

    A small caliber j-frame revolver is almost always enough gun to send one or two violent scumbags heading for the hills. For the possibilities beyond one or two scumbags looking for an easy score, our best collective defense consists of at least 1/4 of the adult population having a semi-auto rifle with a few hundred rounds of ammunition. Anyone who advocates for less lacks imagination and knowledge of History.

    • There’s a saying about a liberal being a conservative that just hasn’t been mugged yet.

      Then again, current events show us some people suddenly learn they’re not invulnerable and nobody else is going to take care of them, and their first instinct is to ensure that nobody else CAN take care of them, and then also demand to be taken care of.

      So I’m not sure it’s an imagination problem. I think some people might just legitimately be logically-retarded.

    • You need not only guns but people. By yourself you don’t stand a chance. You need several pairs of hands beyond you, a spouse, and maybe one other.

      If you can form a band of like minded people capable of defending themselves your odds improve greatly. Otherwise you need a hideout.

  10. Yep…the real mantra of gunowners(should be)NEVER FORGET Katrina. No hurricanes qround here. Tornados and leftards aplenty😡

  11. Sounds more like I should get more heavily reinforced doors and windows installed.

  12. What really concerns me is how EASY it would be to plunge our nation into the Dark Ages. Our way of life today utterly and totally depends on electricity, telecommunications, petroleum, and chemicals. And it turns out that a fairly short duration absence of electricity on a fairly wide scale is all it takes to wipe out the remaining pillars of modern living in short order. By short duration we are talking something like three weeks.

    The dynamic: all four pillars of modern living are interdependent — take out one and the rest will fall. Electricity is the easiest to take down in my opinion because almost all of the infrastructure is totally exposed, no one guards it, and we do not have the capacity to rebuild the most critical component (transformers, especially the large ones) on a large scale.

    While hurricanes or earthquakes are unnerving, we are able to recover in fairly short order because we transport manpower and supplies from unaffected regions into the disaster zone. If our entire nation is a disaster zone, we are screwed and you will want all the firearms and ammunition you can get your hands on — and 10 acres in a secluded location with a spring.

    • If a solar storm similar to the Carrington event were to happen today it would severely impact our society. Back when it happened the Northern light happening farther south than they had ever been before and telegraph station going offline or catching fire were the most noticeable events .
      Now it could result in the loss of large portions of our electrical grid and communications systems.

      • I recommend the Disruption Trilogy by R.E. McDermott about life after a solar-storm EMP

  13. A rational article based on fact and history won’t sway any progressive. Progressive Dogma relies on cognitive dissonance. One day they spout that the world is going to have a civilization-ending apocalypse if you don’t switch to hybrid cars and the next day they are calling you crazy and paranoid for wanting to have firearms during a natural disaster.

  14. Most (non gun-owning) people perceive the threat of disaster from their insulated bubble world. The article is probably the best I have read to date.

  15. I’ve had this conversation with several folks over the years.

    If you’re unwilling to fight to protect yourself of what use are you to me? You’ve tried for years to get me to give up my guns but you won’t hesitate to run to me and ask me to risk my life to protect you?

    My wife and I have also had this conversation. If a stray child shows up, hungry and alone, that child will get shelter and food.

  16. In 1977, New York suffered a city-wide power failure and blackout. Unlike the 1965 blackout, which turned NYC into a big party, the 1977 blackout turned NYC into a jungle. The mayor called the event “a night of terror.” Arsonists and looters ruled the streets.

    In certain neighborhoods, anything that could be stolen was stolen, while in other neighborhoods there was no looting and ordinary people acted toward each other with extraordinary kindness. In all, there were over 1,600 stores damaged by rioters, over 1,000 fires including 14 multiple-alarm conflagrations and almost 4,000 looters taken into custody in the largest mass arrest in city history.

    In retrospect, the 1977 blackout was a blessing for me as it provided me with yet another reason to get out of NYC. I was still in law school at the time, so it took me six years to get out of NYC for good. I’m glad I did.

    There are times when the G doesn’t want to help people who are in harm’s way (see the Parkland murders), times when the G can’t help anyone (home invasions and violent robberies), and times when the G is just another danger (Katrina).

    In such times, anyone who is so stupid as to abjure the carrying of firearms deserves whatever they get. I won’t shed a tear for them.

    • My father was working in Bedford Stuyvesant that night on the FDNY. He still tells those stories. Most people in NYC are either transplants or too young to remember how bad the city’s crime was until the mid 90’s.

    • Or when the government openly refuses to help because they, like Nero, just want to watch it all burn: Baltimore and Ferguson.

    • I remember both very well. I grew up in Woodlawn, a community in the North Bronx on the Yonkers border. Most of the neighborhood was white collar and/or civil service (NYPD/NYFD). The blackouts were a non-event. Everyone went about their business and anyone in need of assistance got it. That is the real meaning of community.

  17. If you want to know what happens when it really all does go to shit there’s a guy who goes by the name “Selco” who writes about it. He survived the civil war in Yugoslavia.

    It’s not a pretty picture that he paints.

    There are also some people writing under various nom de plumes about Venezuela right now. Also not pretty.

  18. I’ve got a friend with a VERY nastily anti-gun mother.

    Back at the end of 1999, she called him up in an hysterical panic about the impending zombie apocalypse.

    Reversing course from DECADES of berating him for owning guns, she asked, “Can you loan me a gun???”

    His reply? “NO “

  19. If I have the means to help someone I am more then happy to, if your hungry and I have food, we eat.

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