Updated: Jan 26
I have tried not to opine about current events, because I feel like I would be just another voice in the wind. But lately, too many people have been asking me what they can do to protect themselves, their families and their businesses from the chaos that they are seeing every time they turn on the news.
Allow me to give it to you straight:
First you have to face the fact that you are on your own. I have seen too many instances now where police are retreating. When the guys with the guns won't go in, you can bet you aren't going to see Fire or EMS showing up. This means that you need to think about medical treatment and extraction plans. One of the biggest reasons I push for medical training is the fact that medical personnel are generally the last ones on scene. Most casualties in a large scale situation are from blood loss. If you can stop the bleeding quickly and effectively, the chances of survival go way up.
What about extraction? Think about how you will evacuate a casualty. Obviously they need emergency medical treatment, but no one is coming to get you. This means you will have to get the victim to the emergency room. Can you move them if they are non ambulatory? Can you carry them if they are not? These are things that you have to think about.
Do you have the supplies to shelter in place should your community become unsafe? Do you have enough food and water to survive for perhaps 2 weeks without leaving your home? I generally advocate for at least a months worth during normal times. However resources are getting difficult to procure in some places. 2 weeks may be difficult, especially if you have a large family. What about a secondary location? Can you stay with friends or family that live outside of the impacted area? While my personal attitude on the subject is to defend my home, if it gets too intense, I can rebuild. I haven't figured out how to respawn.
On Defense. No matter how much you have, guns, ammo, training. It only goes so far, and a determined mob doesn't stop. Years ago when I was training for swift water rescue, my instructor said "it doesn't matter how strong a swimmer you are, the river never gets tired." This analogy applies quite well to the mob. When you are alone against a riot, you won't be able to stop it. Like the river, all you can do is get to the edge of the rapid and climb out. This tactic actually works for the mob as well. Never be in the middle. If you find yourself in a gathering crowd, work your way to the edges and take the first available exit. Do this as early and as quickly as possible.
Awareness is going to be your most critical skill going forward. If this year, and especially the last few weeks have taught us anything it is that Normality Bias will get you killed. The world is not the same as it was 6 months ago, and we can no longer think of our cities, and routines the same again. We have to plan our day to day lives as if we were visiting a hostile foreign country. In this current climate, we cannot count on people being decent to each other, and police response is sketchy at best. When LEO's are being thrown to the wolves for any and every perceived infraction (without the benefit of due process or their departments standing behind them) What kind of response do you think you will get if you find yourself in trouble?
Lastly, ALWAYS be armed even when you are at home, and don't "stage" the gun. Keep it on you. Also, in this current climate, I advocate for rolling heavy. Leave the pocket pistol in the safe. Carry the full size, and DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GUN IN YOUR VEHICLE.
We are in unprecedented times in America. I believe we are in the fight for the nations very survival. The forces are aligned against US. I say us, because we in the gun culture, and on the right are the last vestiges of the culture that founded this country. We are what stands in their way. In order to usher in the promised utopia, we must be eliminated.