I was reading through a paper written by the folks at Emergency Essentials this evening, entitled "Confronting Common Food Storage Myths." The first myth touched on the belief that Americans don't need to have a food storage plan. To rebut this, the company quotes Richard Gist, a psychologist for the Kansas City Fire Department as saying:
"Do not put off the improbable for the unthinkable....If there is a one in a million chance of something happening to you, then it's happening to 300 people in this country right now."
There are two goals we can infer from this quote. The first goal is to not be one of the 300. Prevention - from theft, assault, job loss, fire, storm damage, you name it - is often cheaper and easier than dealing with the aftermath. The second goal is to be ready to mitigate the situation if we are one of the 300. If you have a food plan, a cash reserve, fire extinguishers, a weather radio, a first aid kit, and other necessities, you greatly reduce your chances that you'll be dependent on relief efforts in the time of emergency.
....And The Head of Interpol Says One Way to Be Prepared Is To Be Armed!
Somebody needs to tell Ronald Noble - the secretary general of Interpol - that he needs to get back on the official message that an armed citizenry is bad and that only the government should have guns. Because he clearly deviated from that, as you can read for yourself in this report from ABC News. Here's what he had to say, in part:
"Ask yourself: If [the Nairobi shopping mall terrorist attack in September] was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?" Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. "What I'm saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, 'Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?' This is something that has to be discussed."
Good question, Mr. Secretary. It's good to see leaders in law enforcement asking this question and challenging the thinking of those who believe citizens cannot be a part of the solution.
Meanwhile, Patriots In Mexico Are Doing What Patriots Do
The unspeakable violence in Mexico has pushed some of its citizens to do what those who love their country and their family do: pick up a rifle and defend themselves and their communities from the forces of evil. And that's precisely what's happening, according to CBS news.
No doubt many here in the U.S. will criticize this effort as lawless and vigilante. I suppose it's easy to criticize others when it's not your kids and neighbors being brutally attacked and murdered. When you see it every day, it's hard to not take action.
This is why so many of us are passionate about defending our Second Amendment rights. Giving citizens the ability to defend themselves from enemies foreign and domestic isn't just about preventing invasions from foreign armies or even tyrannical government. It's about giving people the right to protect themselves from lawlessness from those who refuse to adhere to the social contract.