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Should every family own a gun?
dailycaller.com ^ | 24 April, 2012 | Lisa Bedford

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 wasn’t 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.

It’s 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 isn’t as critical as with handguns. I’ll 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? They’re 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 they’ve had plenty of training and practice. Firing and missing when it’s your family under attack isn’t 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.” It’s 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.

There’s 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.

Lisa runs a great blog for preppers and you can find it right here! ~Mike P. Guns & Gear Editor


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: banglist; gun; prepper; survival
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To: jboot

It depends on the context. If you’re disarming a clear enemy, then it certainly isn’t stealing.


51 posted on 04/25/2012 9:01:10 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: saleman

I cannot say I believe every house hold should own guns however I do believe there should be 3 minimal requirements to own guns 1st gun saftey training for every one in the house hold 2nd, required to be a member of the NRA and 3rd be registerd voter of an anti- democrat or liberalist party. (IMO the only diffrence between liberals, democrats and comunist is the spelling.) And any household meeting these minimal requirements should have many guns. And lots of ammo


52 posted on 04/25/2012 9:30:32 AM PDT by kmjones
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To: 101stAirborneVet
Context: anyone who would kill me or enslave me is my enemy.

Lord willing, it will not come to that. But the last few years have made a pessimist out of me.

53 posted on 04/25/2012 9:41:51 AM PDT by jboot
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To: kmjones

Gun safety training is pretty simple actually. Finger off the trigger. Never point at something you wouldn’t shoot. Consider all weapons loaded.

Follow these simple directions and no one will ever be killed or maimed by the “evil gun”.

You could teach your 7 y.o. these rules. I know, cause I have.


54 posted on 04/25/2012 9:54:18 AM PDT by saleman (!!!!)
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To: A. Patriot
--- Should every family own a gun? NO! Not just one gun, but many guns...

Saw a stat on Nat Geo's Prepper shows, 9 firearms are owned by every 10 citizens.

55 posted on 04/25/2012 9:58:31 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Never Argue With A LIBERAL – They Will Drag You Down To Their Level, Then Beat You With Experience!)
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To: jboot
-- As to the title question, no. Liberals shoud not own guns.

Nor engage in what's in my tagline.

56 posted on 04/25/2012 10:00:56 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Never Argue With A LIBERAL – They Will Drag You Down To Their Level, Then Beat You With Experience!)
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To: marktwain; ChocChipCookie
I love Lisa's writing (and will get her book when it comes out on Kindle). Her tips as a "Survival Mom" are excellent.

But I think she is coming close to playing into the anti-gun mindset here. I'm not a woman; maybe she needs to make a connection there on the "safety" myth to be able to move forward.

It just makes me cringe, that's all.

Still love your stuff, Lisa.

57 posted on 04/25/2012 10:09:24 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: saleman
Right on. I think some non firearms owners confuse "marksmanship" training with weapons safety.

Knowing how to safely handle a firearm is almost as easy as learning how to safely handle a sharp knife.

Marksmanship is an entirely different matter, but one should not be required to be a proficient marksman to own a firearm. It's just a good idea.

58 posted on 04/25/2012 10:10:28 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: QT3.14

LOL, true. I don’t bother talking to liberals anymore. It’s unproductive and wastes everyone’s time.


59 posted on 04/25/2012 10:13:17 AM PDT by jboot
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To: marktwain

No. Some people are just too stupid for them.


60 posted on 04/25/2012 10:15:16 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: marktwain

No. I can think of several groups of people that should not be allowed to own guns (or live in this country, but that is a topic for another thread). For instance, communists and muslims.


61 posted on 04/25/2012 10:15:52 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: ctdonath2

Contemplating upgrades in a post SHTF world isn’t necessarily planning to steal. Every player of a first person shooter knows the drill: loot the bodies, take all the ammo, keep the best guns. Once you’ve killed a bad guy the supplies are just sitting there, no stealing necessary.


62 posted on 04/25/2012 10:21:11 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: marktwain

Thanks, the Remington 700 SPS looks like it’s in the right price range.

The Ruger 77 is a bit pricier.

The reviews for both are pretty favorable, so I’m still stuck in my conundrum.

But I’m leaning towards the Ruger now...


63 posted on 04/25/2012 10:34:55 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: discostu

There was a nuance I was responding to. It’s one thing to take reasonable advantage of the outcome of a bad situation; it’s another to plan “I’m not going to get what I need by peaceful means now because I’ll just take it, by any means necessary, from someone else later.”


64 posted on 04/25/2012 10:37:24 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: ctdonath2

And it’s understanding reality to say “for a long term issue it’s not possible for me to have all the necessary supplies, but it is possible for me to have the supplies necessary to KEEP supplied.” He never said anything about stealing, that was you, he said that some of what anybody would REALLY need most folks actually CAN’T legally get currently but you can get the stuff to be able to upgrade to the off limits stuff later. That COULD include stealing, but it doesn’t have to.


65 posted on 04/25/2012 10:44:19 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: jboot

Nothing wrong with being “biased”, I call them “preferences” ;^)

It’s on my “nice to have” list, I’ve been looking at the M1A1 as well...that’s one of the EBR’s (evil black rifles).

Looking for a hunting rifle that can “reach out and touch” both 4 legged critters and 2 legged varmints.


66 posted on 04/25/2012 11:03:58 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: SZonian
If you are willing to consider .308 instead of .30-06 the Springfield M1A is probabaly the best "cross-over" battle rifle/deer rifle. They make several versions that are not EBR. A friend of mine has a National Match M1A with a fancy walnut stock and fluted SS barrel (I believe a Krieger); it is sweeeeet.

I also secretly like the AR-10...it's a lot cheaper than the M1A and chucks .308 just fine...but don't tell anyone. I'd lose friends. ;-)

67 posted on 04/25/2012 11:26:15 AM PDT by jboot
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To: jboot

Oh, I am willing to consider the .308, less punch. Just looking at .30-06 based on ammo availability in a SHTF scenario, but would move off that if the right rifle for the right price is found.

M1A, sweet looking rifle...but there are so many conflicting reviews and the price...there’s just not that much room in the budget.

AR-10 - Stuck in Kommiefornia, not an option. ;(

Currently own a Mini-30 as my “tactical” option. I like it alot.


68 posted on 04/25/2012 12:24:12 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: SZonian
There were definitely teething pains with the M1A. Springfield has largely overcome them and the new rifles seem solid. I agree about the price. It's why I don't have one. :-( You might want to re-visit the ballistic data on 30-06 vs 308. There's very little difference in the performance of mil-spec loads. The advantage of 30-06 is that it can accomodate a longer, heavier bullet, which is useful if you want to hunt large game. Otherwise there isn't much difference.

Glad you like the Mini-30. Those are legal in Crazyfornia?

69 posted on 04/25/2012 12:44:42 PM PDT by jboot
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To: jboot
"There were definitely teething pains with the M1A. Springfield has largely overcome them and the new rifles seem solid."

Glad to hear that, gives me more confidence in taking a harder look in the future...if I get a chance.

"You might want to re-visit the ballistic data on 30-06 vs 308. There's very little difference in the performance of mil-spec loads."

Sorry, meant recoil, ~ 2ft lbs. difference(depending upon various factors), not as hard on the shoulder. Didn't mean knock down power. Agreed, I've read they're very similar ballistically.

"Glad you like the Mini-30. Those are legal in Crazyfornia?"

No pistol grip (ala AR, AK), 10 rd. magazine.

The laws here are pretty damn confusing (purposefully). Some lowers are legal, others are not, some uppers, etc., etc. I just don't bother. Once I leave here though...;^)

70 posted on 04/25/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

BE, can you explain your point a bit more?


71 posted on 04/25/2012 1:19:53 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Sirius Lee

What type of seeds do you recommend?


72 posted on 05/14/2012 7:53:51 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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