There have been two times in my life where I’ve had to draw a gun to protect life and limb. Both cases were in response to criminal action, and in both cases, the entry of my gun into the situation was enough to cause the criminals to flee. Thank God I didn’t have to shoot in either case. I believe I would have, if the situation warranted it; but I also believe that I would have struggled to live with that necessity.
I sincerely hope that I never have to draw a gun in a potentially dangerous situation again. But life gives no guarantees, so I carry every day. Yes, it’s a nuisance to carry that extra weight on my belt and it can be uncomfortable at times, but there is nothing that can replace a gun for protecting home and family from those who would break the law and do them harm.
This will be even more true in the aftermath of a disaster. If we want to see what the aftermath of a disaster will look like, we don’t need Hollywood, all we need is to look at the disasters that have happened before. One of the things that always seems to happen, is that the seedy element of our society will come out of the shadows and try to take advantage of the situation.
Criminals merely laugh at gun laws, realizing that each new law passed gives them more of an advantage. As long as guns exist, criminals will have them, and no law to try and keep them out of the hands of criminals will have any positive effect. Rather, all they do is keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.
Take the recent decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as an example. This case was intended to block a Maryland law that was passed to restrict sales and ownership of the AR-15, the most popular sporting rifle on the market. Erroneously called an “assault rifle” by liberals, the new ruling states that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to the AR-15, because it is “most useful in military service.”
Not only is that “test” so poorly written that it can mean anything, but it directly contradicts the Second Amendment itself. When the Founding Fathers crafted that amendment, they specifically justified it with the need for a militia. Just to clarify, militia are armed citizens, not professional soldiers.
In other words, the ruling by the court upheld the Maryland law restricting the ownership of the AR-15. In doing so, they totally ignored the infamous Heller case, in which the Supreme Court gave specific instructions as to what firearms citizens could own. So essentially a lower court is repealing the decision of the Supreme Court.
At the same time, they are giving another tool to the liberal left in their war against guns. The looseness of the terminology they used, making up new terminology for the situation, means that there will be other court cases to define those terms. Considering how Obama stacked the Federal Appeals Courts with liberal justices, further case law will most likely be more restrictive, not reversing this decision.
So what does this mean for you, as a survivalist? Basically it means that even though we have a Republican President and Republican controlled Congress, the fight for your gun right is far from over. Liberals will continue to use the courts at every opportunity to chip away at those rights.
It also means that if you don’t have the guns you need to have to survive, you’d better buy them soon. There are a lot of liberal control state and regional courts that are going to be motivated by this decision and use it as a rallying point for further action against our rights. Stay informed, your life may very well depend on it.
It also means that there is still ample reason to own books that are off the books, such as a ghost gun. I wrote about this some time back, creating a book which gives directions on how to build your own. It’s a fun project and one that could truly have a major impact on your family’s ability to survive whatever might dome their way. If you are concerned about social unrest in the aftermath of a crisis, then you need to prepare to defend your family. Owning a gun that the government can’t take away from you might very well be the thing that saves your family from harm, sometime in the future.
Seems like it’s still a good time to keep your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand.