The recent theater shooting in Colorado has once again ripped the band-aid off the gun control argument and some politicians are calling for stricter gun control laws.
“I can tell you that I don’t think there’s any other developed country in the world that has remotely the problem we have,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the shooting rampage in Colorado.
Needless to say Mayor Bloomberg would like to see stricter gun control laws in the nation, but for the most part gun control is one of those areas politicians start tap dancing as soon as it’s brought up.
But this isn’t a post on gun control laws. Today I’d like to do a little “What if…” thinking.
Let’s do a little thought experiment here. Assume there’s a been a catastrophe of some kind that affects the entire nation. An economic collapse of one kind or another is always a favorite – maybe one based on a crop shortage during an extremely hot year. Sound familiar?
Instead of a resounding crash it’s been a long drawn out process. First there were higher prices for food on the market shelves, then there were even higher prices for anything containing corn products including beef (which feeds on corn), finally, there was little food left on the shelves at all. The dollar is worthless and the rest of the world has figured out that America is never going to repay the debt they owe. More printing has lowered the value of the dollar to a joke.
Due to new laws no Americans are allowed to have any kind of firearms at all. People are hungry and will do anything to get something to eat for their families. Food riots break out and the only people with guns are the military and police and citizens are turned away with little or nothing to eat.
Crime ramps up and break-ins start happening to people who are rumored to have food stores in their houses. For the sake of fair play let’s assume that even the criminals don’t have firearms (haha! I know! Stupid, right?)
Now let’s get personal. You’re at home one night with your family and you hear people outside the house. Suddenly a brick comes flying through the window and four or five big guys come barreling through with axes, long knives, and baseball bats. What are you going to fight them off with?
My personal inventory is me as a fighter, Mrs Jarhead to grab the kids and hopefully get out of the house alive (doubtful, but we’ll try) before they take me down. If I’ve got an axe or a long knife I might possibly hold them in a hallway four or five seconds if I’m lucky before they break through. This ain’t the movies ya’ll and I hold no illusions of being a superman. I’m strong and I’m fast, but four guys will take down one guy in almost every situation every time.
In this situation they’ll get in and take whatever I have possibly including our lives. It wouldn’t matter if I had stuff cached outside because food does very little for the dead.
The good thing about a firearm is that it’s a great equalizer if you take time to learn how to use it properly. A 4’11” woman can take a 6’4” man down quite effectively if she can hit him with a shotgun. It’s also a great deterrent. If she shoots the first guy coming through the door or window whoever is behind is likely to decide it’s a little too much trouble. If not at least they’ll proceed with a lot more caution.
In my situation Mrs Jarhead can now add to the fight. She’s an excellent shot and would not hesitate to shoot someone threatening one of our children. With the two of us blazing away the odds just significantly improved in the scenario I mentioned above even if they’re shooting back, because we have the advantage of being dug in and in a familiar environment.
My conclusion it that without a weapon after a SHTF event you may become a victim.
Some Hard Questions
In the interest of being fair maybe we should ask ourselves a few questions though. Would we as a nation be better off with some limited amount of gun control? Should we have more extensive background checks before selling guns to any Tom, Dick or Harry that can click a mouse button?
Here’s another question: We always assume that if and when TSHTF that crime will run rampant and once-good-but-now-desperate people will do things that will require others to protect themselves. What if that doesn’t happen? Maybe guns wouldn’t be necessary after all?
Now don’t come aboard me with guns blazing here. I’m just asking some questions that deserve some thought.
So what do you think?
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