Sunday, January 27, 2013

Daily Briefing For Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Rabbit And The Snake

I posted this on my Facebook account recently, primarily because it's a fun video to watch.  Take a moment to see what all the fuss is about:

The remarkable thing about this video is that predator becomes the prey.  The rabbit puts its fear aside and protects its territory.

Evil and tyranny are everywhere.  Will we run from it out of fear, or will we be the rabbit, using whatever resources the Lord blessed us with, and challenge those forces which would harm us?

What makes this video remarkable is that the only offensive weapon the rabbit has, its teeth, provide an effective force in repelling such a dangerous animal.  Don't forget this lesson, folks.  Those elements out there that would have us live in fear are counting on us not using what we have to resist their efforts.

Sometimes, the rabbit does beat the snake.  And we can too.

Hoarding Or Preparing?

Recently, I've read a number of blogs and emails lamenting the "hoarding" of ammunition since the talk of tighter gun control measures began last month.  Are those buying ammo in large quantities these days truly "hoarding" it?

Hoarding by definition is "to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage."  If someone is buying ammunition out of a rational fear that such ammunition may become more difficult to acquire in the future due to laws or regulations, are they hoarding it?
By definition, the answer is yes.  Yet for most people, the term hoarding has a negative context.  Perhaps the better question is "should preppers purchase ammo in bulk to stock up in case this ammo goes away in the future?"  There's no doubt increased demand has let to acute shortages in popular calibers.  When the ammo is available, buyers often pay a substantial premium for it.
Before I weigh in on whether you should be stocking up on ammo, let's do a reality check.  Just how much ammo do you need, anyway?  I have friends who have several thousand rounds of ammo in popular calibers.  Knowing these folks, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say they won't use up even half that ammo in their lifetime.  Even in a worst case scenario, most of us won't be engaged in daily fire fights.  And if we are, our likelihood of survival is poor.  Our need for ammo for true emergencies is likely far less than we imagine. 
Given that we likely won't need all the ammunition we're accumulating, does that mean we shouldn't be stocking up on it?  I personally stock up on it, and have done so recently, in large part because I know I will use what I buy.  I generally buy in bulk to get the best price.  I also buy extra to provide it to my CHL students in need of ammunition for the range portion of their training. 
If you are stocking up on it these days "just in case," I would suggest that unless you don't have enough ammo for your immediate practice/training and self defense needs, you're probably better off waiting until this gun control nonsense blows over so you can get it at a better price.  And yes, I am predicting just that - this, too, shall pass.  The Democrats don't have the votes, and the Supreme Court is on our side.  And the 2014 elections will be here before you know it.  A growing number of state legislatures are considering bills that would prohibit state and local law enforcement from enforcing any such measure.  Sheriffs from around the country continue to voice opposition to laws that restrict our rights.  And there are too many modern sporting rifles and high capacity magazines to make any ban on them effective.  Given Canada's history with gun registration, I suspect we'll see the same response here - vast civil (yet peaceful) disobedience resulting in a repeal of any similar law.

On a side note, those in the gun community who espouse personal responsibility, self reliance and free markets are some of the most vocal critics of those stocking up on ammo.  We always knew the Obama administration would advance this agenda when it was politically expedient to do so, so it should come as no surprise.  Being critical of those who are preparing for the possible risk of long term shortages so that everyone can get their "fair share" of ammo seems counter to the notions of liberty and freedoms the gun community purportedly espouses.
The lesson here?  Have enough supplies to get you through shortages, regardless of how those shortages arise.

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