In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Happy Father’s Day!, Gun Violence, Always Be Armed, Adapt or Die, Post-Collapse Barter, Draft Dodging and four more.
First things first, Happy Father’s Day to all of my fellow dad’s out there. I would especially wish my own dad a happy who has helped me become the dad that I am today by sharing with me what to do (and sometimes what not to do) to succeed at fatherhood. To make it even more special, I get to spend some time with my Dad today which is something that I have not done on Father’s Day in a few years. Just to make it even better, we had authentic Texas BBQ for lunch. It was good. I should have taken a picture of it but by the time I thought of it, my plate was empty! Did I mention it was good?
As far as how my week was…I spent a few days getting some work done and a few days traveling this last week. Neither option I am really fond of but I dislike traveling so much that I might actually choose to work if I was given a choice. With the rest of my time I hung out with family, did some swimming, and that’s pretty much what I can remember.
There was a great tragedy this week when a single
man excuse for a human being shot up a church in South Carolina. What happened is absolutely tragic and I despise the fact that there are people who are using the event to push their agenda (insert talking head on TV here). While tragic, this is another case where the gun is not the cause of the problem, just a tool which was used in the commission of a crime. If guns were illegal (of course they would all disappear because that it what has happened with meth and heroin, right?) they would just be replaced with something else.
When we look at history, there are some common things that can be discovered about events that have been classified massacres:
- Many of them have been committed by governments against citizens.
- Several have been for political or religious reasons.
- In the U.S., “gun free zones” seem to be the only real locations that are selected for massacres.
If that is not enough, even in countries that have enacted strict gun control laws, criminals often use other tools to kill large numbers of people. Even if guns are legal, there are plenty of examples where massacres happen regardless:
- An attack in a Chinese train station on March 2, 2014 by ten men with knives that killed 29 and injured 130 more.
- The bombing attack on the Boston Marathon by a pair of radicalized brothers that killed three people and injured more than 260 others using two bombs in pressure cookers.
- A massacre in Houla, Syria where 108 people were killed with knives on May 25, 2012.
- The April 30, 2009 attack on the Dutch Royal Family in Apeldoorn, Netherlands where Karst Tates drove his car into a parade, killing seven people and himself.
- An attack on the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad, India where an estimated 69 people were burnt to death in their homes.
These are only a few of the documented attacks over the last decade and a half and NONE of them used guns.
The most deadly school attack in the history of the United States was the Bath School Massacre in 1927 using explosives. To put this into perspective, this was a point in time where almost anyone could order a Thompson Sub-Machine gun through the mail.
Let us not forget that on September 11, 2001; several terrorists with box cutters took over airplanes with hundreds of people on them and committed the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history.
It’s possible that guns alone are not the problem.
Here are the highlights of what I found this week:
A Green Beret’s Guide To Planning Your Personal Posture: “First Things First: Always Be Armed” – One of the most important areas of preparedness is what you have with you at all times. I couldn’t agree more with J.J. when he says to always be armed…unless you live in a God forsaken place where protecting yourself is illegal.
Adapt or Die: Why You Need More Skills & Less Stuff – I will not argue with the information contained here at all. Graywolf hits the nail on the head. While there is a place for “stuff,” we all need the skills more.
Bartering In A Post-Collapse Society – A unique look at the practice of bartering, retired Green Beret JJ talks barter from a different angle; including how to forecast, hustle, and conceal.
Draft Dodging 101: How To Preserve Your Freedom In A Time Of Crisis – I don’t advocate running from military service. In fact I don’t have much respect for those that don’t at least support our men and women in uniform. My time in the Army wasn’t easy and it hurt my family but I did it because it was the right thing to do and I gave my word that I would.
With all that said, I don’t know how I would feel about my children being forced into service for no reason other than money, resources, or a vendetta. This information could prove useful in the future if things keep going the way they have been. It could at least be a survival strategy.
Defeating Drones: How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit – This is an interesting article (with video) about one potential way to evade detection by a drone.
Military Movements On The Northern Border – For those interested in Jade Helm, its associated military movements, and accompanying conspiracy theories, here is a piece about some major military action going on in Montana. There is also an update about military movements.
This last article is not necessarily preparedness related but I appreciated it and found it to ring quite true.
The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today – Read it and see if it isn’t true!
That’s it for me this week. I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.
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