You’re Not Really A Prepper Unless You Have A Gun.

You can have stockpiles of water that would make Niagara Falls jealous. You can have stockpiles of every single food object invented since Adam met Eve. You can have generators galore. You can have barrels and barrels of gasoline and propane stored. But if you don’t have a gun to protect yourself from thieves, crooks and desperate people who are hungry, starving, and thirsty enough to kill you, you’re fooling yourself into believing you’re a prepper. You’re just nothing more than a well endowed sitting target.

Are you aware that several of the food companies that sell freeze dried foods to the masses are currently back ordered by at least a month to six weeks? Can you imagine the prepper companies, who have touted the benefits of being prepared, are simply the opposite? They’re not prepared. What do you do when the prepper companies can’t deliver on their promises? You panic. And then you start to scout and look for product.

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Across the United States, gun sales are through the roof. Many shops have sold out completely on their inventory. Lines are backed up for hours on end. The more the coronavirus grips this nation, the higher the surge in the demand for guns and ammunition. (Click here for more info)

Gun sales are surging in many U.S. states, especially in those hit hardest by the coronvirus— California, New York and Washington. But there’s also been an uptick in less-affected areas, with some first-time gun buyers fearing an unraveling of the social order and some gun owners worried that the government might use its emergency powers to restrict gun purchases.

“You don’t need it, till you need it,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted recently (referring to guns).

DH and I have been discussing getting a gun for the past twenty years. We reside in upstate New York where hunting is still a way of life. We have an ample supply of free range turkeys, rabbits and deer should ever the need arise to hunt for our own food. Yesterday we decided it was time for us to finally get a shotgun.

The first store we went to was completely sold out in guns by 10:30AM. They had opened up at 9AM and DH and I got there too late. We searched for the next gun shop online, called them up first and they said they had plenty of guns. We arrived at the location a half hour later and were shocked to see the masses of people, mostly men, on line, waiting outside the store. DH and I entered the store, where we were greeted by a 300 pound man, armed and “dangerous” who inquired why we were there and then directed us to the proper line.

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The gun store was actually a converted home. A police presence was always visible. Most workers in the store were armed.

In light of the fact that we’ve all been advised to keep our social distances, the store was packed shoulder to shoulder. We could barely move. We knew we were endangering our own health BUT we wanted that gun. It took several hours before we were finally at the cashiers desk. DH had done his research and luckily he found his ideal shotgun, reasonably priced ($287 vs $600 for the other remaining models). DH had to fill out the paperwork, without speaking to me and in the presence of the cashier as he carefully watched how DH filled out the paperwork. Federal law and the FBI demand an instant background check. Because of the huge demand in these checks across the nation, the computer system was a little backed up. Nonetheless, DH’s military background and superb credentials had him approved instantly. The cashier recommended what ammunition was viable. DH purchased several boxes and we were out the door with firearm and ammo in hand.

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. It was ratified on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. … State and local governments are limited to the same extent as the federal government from infringing upon this right.

DH and I have always been self sufficient. We have food stockpiles, access to water, lumber (for heating and cooking purposes), generators, gas and propane and now we have a gun so that we can finally hunt and self-feed ourselves should the apocalypse ever happen. We have plans to finally start a kitchen garden as soon as the weather clears up.

Please don’t tell me things are going to get better because No One knows that for sure.

18 comments

  1. We come from a family of farm people. My Dad was in two wars. Of course, we have guns. They have not been used in years and are up in the attic, but they are there. We have a shotgun, a 22 rifle, and a BB pistol. We do not bullets for the 22. Our property borders a river so the fish are abundant. Deer, as well as other animals, come through our yard. Fox and gray squirrels are at our bird feeders. Whether we could live off of that for very long is questionable. It would dangerous to shoot at anything, because house are too close and bullets travel far. Trapping and fishing would be the better choices.

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  2. I grew up in Montana. One thing for sure, you don’t want to be shooting rabbits and small animals with a shotgun. “Buckshot is a type of shotgun ammunition designed to hunt big animals, like deer. The shells consist of large metal pellets that burst out when fired. It is much more powerful than birdshot, which uses smaller pellets in the shell. When you use larger pellets it creates a much bigger impact on the target.”

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    • We have birdshot. The cashier recommended it for the turkeys and other edible fowl. We’re gonna go get lessons and practice at a shooting range here. There are hunting clubs too. We might join as soon as this virus clears up.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Trapping is a horribly cruel way to “catch” an animal. Usually it snaps closed on their paw and causing horrible pain to the animal. Soma have even chewed off their own foot to get away and of course died a slow painful death after. if you can’t kill it clean with a bullet or an arrow please don’t trap.

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    • Trapping using the correct trap for the species you are after, set correctly, and more importantly need to be checked REGULARLY.
      So when misfires do happen, the trapped animal shouldn’t suffer for long.

      Except that’s not the bottom line.
      Traps are a force multiplier.
      That means you are increasing your chances of catching food as opposed to someone sat in a bush waiting for something to wander by.

      When using snares I put out a trap line of 20 minimum.
      Even then I sometimes come home without a catch.

      Yet I have someone to look after and the moral side of trapping comes a long way behind no food on the table.

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  4. Janette: The 2018 homicide data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows that more people were murdered with knives (1,515) and “blunt objects” such as hammers (443) than with rifles (297). The numbers also show that fewer people were killed with shotguns (235) than with knives or blunt objects.

    Your attempt to scare or shame me, failed. Stop it!
    95% of everyone we met or know in Florida were packing a gun.

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    • We don’t have a rifle but we do have a revolver. DH went to get more bullets and says the shop was completely full just as you described. He managed to get the last 2 boxes for his type of revolver . We have never used it, and where we live would unlikely find anything to shoot to eat, but it would serve for protection. Be safe Cindi.

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    • I stand by my statement and am sad that you will not put it up.
      I am glad that you indicated bird shot.
      The number of accidents are lower with rifles because they are not used in mass situations—and suicide is not a homicide. But bird shot is a whole different thing.

      You cannot kill a larger animal or person with bird shot. You can severely wound a small animal, but you will be digging out shot for a very long time. You might have to break a neck to finish it off. Shot is lead–so don’t leave it in long.
      Shooting a bird is not that easy, but that might be a good challenge for you. They move fast!
      Killing, skinning and gutting an animal is not easy. You can get very ill if you mess up the gut.

      PS- I am betting those people packing are not packing a shot gun with bird shot. I still won’t “pack” a gun. I am a good shot, but couldn’t shoot a person. Just me.

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      • Janette, if you really think I bought a gun to kill a bird, and bird shot, there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. I bought a gun for the same reason millions and millions of other Americans are doing so at this time. Criminals are being released from jails daily. Thousand and thousands of homeless are NOT being cared for nor addressed. What do you think these people are going to do? They have no homes, no money, no food, no shelter. The Democrats still haven’t signed The Coronavirus bill which means NO ONE is getting any of those $1000 checks. It’s only a matter of time before there is serious civil unrest.
        That’s what I hate most about progressive liberals. They have absolutely no idea what a real world is like.
        Enjoy living in your la la land.
        I live in cold, hard reality.
        Always have. Always did and it looks like I always will.

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  5. You are spot on Cindi! We live in the west coast state, near the city where it has been the epi-center of co-vid. We are both well educated professionals and retired military. My husband noticed the panic buying of ammunition about a week ago. His response startled me as he simply said, “It has now started”. We are well armed, always have been. As you said, having a stockpile of supplies without a way to defend it makes you simply a target. Some might say we are hoarding, but to clarify we are assisting friends, family and others with shopping needs. In essence sharing and helping individuals, as much as we can. Since we are both nearing retirement, our plan was to leave this area in a year however now it looks like we are leaving within the next few months. Both of us decided to retire earlier than expected because we anticipate extreme difficulties if we were to remain. We are both over 60 and have elderly parents to care for. Currently shelves in our grocery stores are getting bare and four rolls of toilet paper were for sale at $17.99! I am not kidding you. It is truly time to get out of Dodge…..

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    • Hi Elizabeth. I believe you! While we were on line to buy our gun, there were really two lines: one for a gun, the other was for ammo. Guess which line was longer? People were buying like 30 boxes of ammo. New York, as well as CA and other big cities, have a problem with homeless and drug addicts. If and when they can’t get access to what they want/need, there is no more sense of rhyme or reason. Thankfully, a federal judge stopped the recent federal law Trump issued regarding curtailing food stamps. Four weeks ago, Trump meant well. Today, it’s a different story.
      lease stay well.
      Thank you for your comment.

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    • I hear ya! Sometimes however, if you’re hungry enough, we’d be surprised what we could do. I rarely eat meat or poultry but if I’m hungry enough, I do.
      Thank you for your comment.

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  6. Cindi, two critical corrections to two of your statements above – 1) Young people are absolutely as likely to be carriers of Covid-19 as is anyone else. They are simply much less likely to become seriously ill, or to die as compared to older people. Please see CDC site, cdc.gov, for confirmation. And 2) Incubation period is anywhere frim 2-14 days at this point, possibly longer. They really aren’t yet sure. Again, please see CDC website.

    Take care.

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    • Tamara, there are no corrections to be made to my statement. As to the incubation period, on average, IT IS FIVE (5) DAYS:

      Currently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, the incubation period for the novel coronavirus is somewhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure.

      According to a recent reportTrusted Source, more than 97 percent of people who contract SARS-CoV-2 show symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure. The average incubation period seems to be around 5 days. However, this estimate may change as we learn more about the virus.
      YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LESS OF A RISK THAN BEING IN A GROUP OF OLDER PEOPLE, SUCH AS A NURSING HOME. I’m talking about calcualted risks here. If I had to choose between going into a youngish crowd vs a nursing home, I’d choose the young crowd. No where did I say young people will NOT become ill. Again, we’re talking about risks here. THE FACTS FROM THE CDC ARE CHANGING EACH AND EVERY DAY. Which leads me to believe nobody knows any thing about anything IMHO.
      Thanks for reading my blog so astutely. I try to be as careful as I can possible be when ever I put something into writing.
      Thank you again, for your comment.

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