Dear Fellow Survivalist;
I was just in Mexico the other day, talking to some friends who live there. The violence from the drug cartels hasn’t abated any, even though you and I aren’t hearing about it like we used to. Yet it’s a very real concern to the Mexican people, as tens of thousands of them have either been assassinated or killed by stray bullets from the warring factions.
The people of Mexico have a very fatalistic attitude about this. While their Constitution technically gives them the same rights as our Second Amendment does, it doesn’t work out that way in practice. There’s only one office in Mexico City where you can apply for a permit to own a gun and it takes several trips (and usually a bit of bribe money) to get it. Then, once you have the permit, there is only one gun store in the nation where you can buy one. The gun then has to be added to your permit and approved, before you can pick it up.
What this means is that the Mexican people are being denied the tools to defend themselves from violent armed criminals. But then, Mexico routinely charges people who defend themselves from violence, as if they were the criminals, much like England does.
My concealed carry license doesn’t allow me to carry in Mexico, so I can relate to the troubles the Mexican people have. But there is one big difference between me and them. That is, I don’t see the lack of having a gun on me as leaving me defenseless.
You see, to someone who understands weapons, anything can be a weapon. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to use it that way. Back when the violence started accelerating in Mexico, I was driving a three-quarter ton custom van. As far as I was concerned, that van would serve as a weapon, if the cartels decided to block the road (they do that). While not as good as my sidearm, it’s better than acquiescing to being a victim.
My Mexican friends were shocked to hear that, as it was so foreign to the way that they were taught. There is a real victim mentality in the country, because they are not allowed to defend themselves. This is so foreign to our rights here in the United States, as to be hard to understand.
It goes much farther than just firearms though. As I was talking with them, I was able to point out a number of things that could be used as a weapon, should the need arise. While none were as good as a firearm, they were better than nothing. If someone is coming through your door, you grab the first weapon available, you don’t offer them a cup of coffee.
While I carry everyday (except when I’m in Mexico), I don’t ignore the possibility of using other weapons. Just as I habitually look around to create a defensive plan, everywhere I go; I also look around to see what is available that could be used as a secondary weapon, should there be some reason I can’t use my gun (such as a crowd).
I’ve also walked through my home, looking to see where things are stored, which I could use as makeshift weapons, if I need to. While I have firearms hidden in a few different places, there is always the possibility that I won’t be able to get to one of them. Should that happen, I want to know what else is available. So from potted plants to baseball bats, I’ve catalogued the potential weapons in my home and know where they are stored.
Taking that a step further, I’ve also gone out in the back yard and swung a number of these makeshift weapons around, just to see what I can do with them. Jackie Chan may be able to pick up a broom and use it as a bo staff, like he’s been using nothing but that broom for years, but I’m not that skilled.
Do I obsess over this? No. I have too many other things to do. but part of my job, as the man of this house, is to protect my family. If that requires a little time and effort on my part, preparing myself, then that’s just part of the job. I’m willing to take that time. More than that, I see it as my responsibility to take that time, in order to ensure that my family is safe.
I also have alternate weapons in my vehicles, since I can’t take my concealed carry pistol into Mexico and we live close enough that we go there from time to time. While none of them are good enough to protect us from AK-47 wielding cartel bandits, they are good enough to defend ourselves from the more common sort. Those crooks are limited to using knives, like the rest of the population.
What about you? What alternate weapons do you have, sitting around the house? Have you identified them? Do you have some idea of how you would use them to defend yourself and your family? If you think about it, there’s no real difference between preparing yourself to use those weapons, when the time comes, than there is going to the range to practice your shooting. Although I will have to say, going to the range is much more fun, as well as great stress relief.
So, take a few moments to walk around your home and make a mental inventory of the makeshift weapons you have available. That will go right in there will keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.
Chris and Dr. Rich