Skip to comments.Should every family own a gun?
Posted on 04/25/2012 5:21:47 AM PDT by marktwain
Anti-gun rhetoric has been a fact of my life as long as I can remember. As a new mom, I even tried keeping toy guns out of the house, because I had bought into some of the myths surrounding gun ownership, such as:
1) Accidental gun deaths are bound to happen with a gun in the house.
2) A gun-free home will keep kids safe from guns.
3) If kids play with toy guns, they will grow up to be violent.
All of those are nonsense, of course, but as a mom, all I wanted was for my children to be safe. My husband wasnt exactly on board, and I knew that. As a lifetime member of the NRA, he has always been vocal in his support of the Second Amendment and our right to own firearms, if we choose.
I suppose I could continue to tiptoe around the issue of firearms, but I am convinced that every survival minded family must own at least one gun, train their children in gun safety as well as in shooting skills, and that a firearm should be part of their preparedness plan.
Its shocking to read comments from non-preppers and a few preppers, alike, that part of their survival plan is to take by force the food and supplies they need from people who have prepared. If you are putting time, effort, and money into supplies that will help your family survive future crises, then you absolutely must include firearms as a layer in personal and home safety.
Which should you choose? My #1 choice for overall home protection is the shotgun. Either a 12-gauge or the slightly smaller 20-gauge are excellent choices. Although practice with this firearm is vital, shot placement isnt as critical as with handguns. Ill be posting an article on my blog this week listing the reasons I believe the shotgun is the Queen of Home Defense.
What about handguns? Theyre an excellent choice as well. Their main advantage is that they can be concealed, not providing any hint that you are lethally armed unless or until it becomes absolutely necessary. In a shootout, law enforcement officers miss their target some 70% of the time, and theyve had plenty of training and practice. Firing and missing when its your family under attack isnt a pleasant thought, so ongoing training and practice is absolutely necessary.
One more myth I would like to debunk is that of, The Bad Guy. Its a fact that bad guys have buddies. One critical reason to own a firearm is that a single person has very little chance of survival when faced with multiple bad guys, intent on harm, and very possibly armed themselves.
Theres no reason to put your life and those of your loved ones in harms way because you want to be politically correct. Being smart beats politically correct every time.
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Not just every family - every member(old enough and trained obviously) should have their own firearm.
Wife and I each have personal handguns, plus a shotgun and rifle.
Daughter has a handgun.
All three sons have a handgun and a shotgun minimum at the moment.
full disclosure - all my kids are grown and 2 are married and have their own homes. Two sons are still at home and in college.
We all enjoy going to the range as a family whenever possible.
The reasons for this, if not self-evident, will become clear in time.
No, people who tend to vote for Democrats are shown to be less trustworthy with firearms than others. So ,no.
it used to be the law.
Every American that loves freedom should own a firearm. Unfortunately, the left are slaves, either to their desire to control or their laziness to allow it.
I’m more of a fan of the AK platform and other Russian rifles and shotguns. For pistols, either American or Austrian.
every family needs to own more than one gun...one per person perhaps.
though I wouldn’t wish a poodle shooter on any family.
a revolver...or a short barreled pump shotgun with appropriate indoor ammo would be the most reliable imho.
Otherwise, I might suggest that every household should own several, of varying manufacture and calibers. A gun is pretty much useless if you can't get ammo, parts or repairs for it.
You adhere to the old maxim...”No one NEEDS a gun of any kind..until the moment he/she REALLY, REALLY, REALLY needs one. Better to own the gun and NEVER NEED IT, than to fervently wish you had one.
Food for thought: We need to be thinking beyond traditional notions of home defense. In a SHTF scenario, the only valid purpose of your civilian weapon will be to obtain a better weapon (i.e. a selective fire weapon). The vast majority of selective fire weapons in the USA are 5.56 “poodle shooters” based on the M16 platform. A stockpile for an AR15 will serve an M16.
That’s like standing at a crosswalk and someone in a Pacer motions you across...
“no, you go ahead, you’ve already proven you’re a poor decision maker”
Every family should have a gun,
a vegetable garden,
and two chickens.
Just think how much better this country would be even with THAT level of independence.
And make sure you have natural crops. Don't use GMO sterilized Monsanto "terminator" seeds or else you'll have nothing to eat the year after. And for chickens, get 3 hens - 2 for eggs and 1 for breeding, and 1 rooster.
And if you live in the city, God help you. There's a storm brewing. Better make provisions now.
I’d prefer the reliability of Mr Kalashikoffs piston driven AK than Mr Stoners direct impingement jammer.(though a number of AR clone manufacturers are now making piston driven ARs and it’s about time
Should every family own a gun?
NO! Not just one gun, but many guns including an AK47 or AR15 and plenty of ammo, pistols, shotguns and hunting rifles with scopes.
1. Stealing is wrong. Planning to steal later is wrong.
2. You have the opportunity to right now get what you’ll need. Waiting to steal it from someone later is STUPID every which way. You know you’ll need it, so get it now so you’ll have it before you need it. M16s et al _are_ legal (if not in your jurisdiction, MOVE ALREADY), just expensive - but a lot cheaper than risking your life trying to steal one.
3. Those you suggest stealing from are, by definition, much better equipped and trained than you. They operate in teams, are practiced at finding people like you, and will take it VERY personally when one of their own is so abused.
4. Unless you’ve got orders of magnitude of cases of ammo already, select-fire won’t do you much good. By definition you’ll be in a situation where fire discipline - to wit make every shot count - will be paramount. You won’t have the resupply to make “suppressive fire” viable.
5. If, for some reason, suppressive fire _is_ needed, you can still pull the trigger fast for the same effect.
6. In a SHTF situation, if you need select fire you’re up against superior opposition - make your last seconds count, and throwing the happy switch on “high” won’t help.
Don’t get me wrong. If you can get the happy switch thru sane & legal means, great. I sure want the option too - but I’m not stupid enough to plan to steal one.
That’s your call. I prefer Mr. Garand’s perfect battle implement myself, but if it comes to the long haul we will all be relying the 5.56, for the same reason that the French Resistance relied mainly on the 9mm. Availability.
We not only teach the 4 rules,
but we have a rule “1a”.
Not only is every gun loaded,
but every gun is REAL until proven otherwise by an adult.