I Got Your Buy Back…

Tonight on that crazy little social network known as FaceBook, Bob from Gun Politics Blog posted a link to story on a “successful” gun buy back campaign in Connecticut.

The thinking of some people perplexes me to no end(not Bob, the folks in that state:) What on earth does the mass shooting in Newtown have to do with your gun? Honestly, if you own a gun and you are inspired to get rid of it based on the actions of a crazed murderer, I think that tells us a little something about what you think about yourself. It tells us that you identify yourself with a killer. When I heard the news of the shooting at no time did I think about my gun. It was on my hip and it never crossed my mind. I never equated what happen at that school with me or my firearm. I am not a murderer. Nothing about that man or what he did made me reevaluate myself or my ownership of firearms. There is not a thing that could ever cause me to use my gun in such a horrific way. NOTHING! The only thing I identified with that day was the victims. I thought of myself being in a school unarmed, I thought of my children and their safety. I thought about the pain and suffering of the survivors and the nightmarish existence of those poor parents having to live the rest of their lives without their precious children. I can’t imagine any human being thinking anything else.

Either that or somehow from that beyond tragic event, where unarmed people were brutally murdered, these gun owners, who volunteering turned in their means to self protection, thought their life and that of their family’s wasn’t worth defending. Those in that school had no way to fight back and to you that seems like a super plan? What are you thinking??

Unless you are planning on using your gun to kill or giving it/selling it to someone who is, your buy back is nothing more than another thing to make you feel good. Listen closely to what has been said a million times by a million smart folks…your feel good move WILL NOT make a flying flipping bit of difference in terms of keeping your kid, my kid, any kid safe in schools, movie theaters, banks, parks…

So when another attack happens because no effective change took place I hope you are still feeling good about yourself. As for me, I prefer to do what at least has a chance of working. You will not be getting my gun. Not for 200 bucks or for $500 or for $1000 or…you get the picture.

Now What?

There is really nothing new here. I have said all this before, but each time there is some kind of crisis people start looking for help. This is good or at least is better than not looking. Although, a proactive approach instead of a reactionary one should be our goal, so in that vain, let’s talk, again, about what we can do now to be more prepared for the future…Whatever it may hold.

I once received a comment on my blog that I was preaching to the choir. That no one that needs to hear what I have to say is listening anyway.

The many emails waiting for me this morning very much dispute that fact. Lots of what gun should I buy, where can I get ammo and the full on panic, WHAT SHOULD I DO are the main themes.

However, the comment made about no listening may be mostly true a lot of the time. Otherwise I wouldn’t be getting the emails now.

But, from the comments I get here, on FB and the daily emails I receive many people that is starting to change. Those who have not prepared at all or very little are reading my blog and lots of others too.

I know the general reaction from some long time preppers is that these people are sheep and should have thought about this before and too bad, so sad, but that is not my perspective.

There are people, who like a person I used to know told me she knows she isn’t prepared and knows she could not save her kids from a bad guy attack, but she is fine with that. She isn’t going to make any changes. She is probably going to conform and stick her head in the sand hoping and praying nothing bad happens to her and she is not alone. I pray no harms comes to her or anyone as well, but for those people (and there are many) who want to do something in addition to prayer I am glad your looking and asking now.

The first step is to remember not to let the current state of things get you down. As I have said again and again in my post…Do Not Freak Out!

I understand how hard it is to catch up. I have 4 children who live in my house. Six people plus a son, DIL and grandbaby that will end up here if things get ugly. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, tons of bodies to keep clean, healthy, and not to mention protect.

Thinking about guns, ammo, water, food, alternative sources of heat, first aid, plus learning new skills seems overwhelming. In addition to buying those extra items and adding to my skills set, my husband and I have to maintain our life. Our kids still want to have a special birthday meal or new clothes or go on vacation. We, essentially are a one income family with lots-o-kids. Trust me when I say both time and money are at a premium here.

I can’t go off to every knife class out there and I worry my skills are no where near adequate to fend off the bad guy, but I do know I am better and more skilled now than I was last year at this time.

Whatever you do be sure you learn from your experience. If you waited to buy a certain kind of gun or gun part or ammo and now are in the Oh Shit crowd, learn from it! Apply that knowledge to get yourself ready in other areas.

If for some reason the gun or ammo you want or need is currently unavailable or too expensive then refocus somewhere else.

The money you planned to spend on ammo can go towards food or water storage. Maybe buy that heater that doesn’t depend on electricity. If a gun course is booked or not feasible due to ammo shortage take a different self defense course. Maybe Krav Maga or a knife course. Sign up for a first aid class or build up your home medical kit.

Suppose your still a lurker and haven’t done a thing to plan then may I suggest, even if you are not ready to accept the way the world is going, at least take the time (30minutes) to search the Internet on people effected by natural disasters. Hurricane Sandy is enough of an example, but by no means the exception…no food, no water, unsanitary conditions, price gauging, looting, little to no government help…

Some skills to be able to keep the looters away, a little extra water, some food and a decent first aid kit is a great start.

Do not use lack of ammo as your excuse to panic and do nothing. The more scared and unsure you feel probably means there is plenty you could be doing.

Look around at all the crazy gun/prepper folks. Those that started before us. Those with guns and ammo and food and skills…do they look nervous?

No.

And why?

Because they are prepared. The more prepared you are the more relaxed you are. I don’t worry about things I worried about 2 years ago because I have a plan and a way to implement that plan. Eventually you will be so well prepared that you will have multiple ways to handle whatever is thrown your way.

In a total collapse situation everyone is gonna suffer. Being prepared will not mean you or I are immune to difficulties, but it does mean we have a better chance of not only surviving, but doing it in a less devastating way.

Some resources for you. While you will find info on guns on these blogs, they also offer very practical, doable, realistic ideas and suggestions for other ways to prepare.

Patriot Nurse

Trace My Preps

Active Response Training

Tales From The Clothesline