8 out of 10

“Since 1998, eight of the 10 highest days for gun background checks have taken place since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, according to the FBI.”

http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/28/news/economy/gun-background-checks/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

I was thinking today, that a large part of this is that WE DON’T TRUST YOU (you = .gov).  People are pointing to a YouTube video of a joint police and military exercise in which a Blackhawk helicopter is firing blanks from it’s machine gun. Wondering, just why are our police and military doing exercises?

Terrorism you say? Really, how will such an exercise help in dealing with a terrorist?  If terrorists make a successful attack, simple police should be sufficient to apprehend. And there’d be no reason for military level combat – it’s not like the terrorists are going to have tanks and such. Speaking of which, why does the little rinky dink city of York, PA need an armored personnel carrier.  “According to police, there is a reason for the secrecy, citing security concerns.” (Isn’t there ALWAYS a reason for the secrecy?)

These come across to many as rattlings for, prepping for, a potential declaration of martial law. Not saying it’s coming, they’re planning to do it. Just that some analysts somewhere in the bowels of DC consider it a likely enough possibility that they are prepping for it.

I think that darker prospect of the Great Recession, bank bailouts, less trust in the government, are leading many to feel that there is more reason to fear.

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Social Security Administration purchases 174,000 rounds

Is that insane? (Article)

No, not really…with nearly 300 enforcement officers for the office of inspector general, we’re talking about 500+ rounds an officer.

Which to be honest, is about the bare minimum I think a law enforcement officer should be utilizing for training in a year.  A lot of conspiracy people are jumping on the civil unrest bandwagon with a mind toward all the listed ammunition purchases.  The big question that would affirm or debunk such suspicions is how does this year’s budgeting and purchase of ammunition relate to past years?

If it’s about the same, then it would show typical purchasing behavior.  Now, if this was the NYPD, fame for their one or two practice/training sessions a year. I’d be much more concerned.  (That was a joke.)

As for the criticism of “jacketed hollow-point ammunition” (JHP). The author of the article simply retorts that such is the common round of law enforcement. That is an extremely weak answer.  There are in fact reasons why the JHP is used.  And while the main aspect of a more effective one shot stopper is the primary reason. JHP are also less likely to over-penetrate and injure others or damage property.  And that is very important as well.  If a police officer fires three rounds into a criminal, it is best if those rounds stop inside the criminal rather than continuing through the criminal and into innocent bystanders.

AN ASIDE ON WHY JHP
Clarification on the JHP and why they are used and trained with…

1. Yes, they tend to do a better job of stopping an opponent, especially with a single shot.  Truthfully, while they make a larger wound channel and cause more systemic shock. An individual is more likely to live from being taken down by a single JHP hit than 2-3 small wound channels from typical Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) military ammo.

2. JHP tend to be less prone to overpenetration. Thus helping to reduce the risk to innocent bystanders near or behind the target.

3. Why you train with what you shoot. Believe it or not, different bullets and bullet types actually perform differently.  Skilled marskmen will often utilize one round. Change that round and they’ll very often miss their mark.  Second, you want to ensure that the given round functions reliably in the gun.  Imagine if you used FMJ for training only to find that the same bullet in hollow-point (JHP) is catch on the feed lip of the gun.  A criminal is pointing his gun at your partner, you pull the trigger to take him down – CLICK – failure to fire.  Because the ammo was different.

These are real world issues….

4. Cost, there is not that much of a difference between FMJ and JHP ammunition. You can reduce cost going with a non-jacketed round (ie: lead ball) which lacks the copper coating. But this tends to foul (dirty) the firearm much more quickly. 

In fact, there are many times that I have gotten JHP for near or even less than the cost of FMJ.  And when ordering extremely large batches, the difference in cost is minimal. I’d wager much of the cost for the consumer is merely marketing price hikes which won’t factor into play on a large manufacturing run order like this.

As for all the conspiracies. I believe a wise and prudent government would actually be preparing for civil unrest.  But I am not so sure I’d refer to our present government as wise and prudent – would you?

From the looks of things, these appear to be fairly legitimate and typical purchases. The question is, are they par for the norm?  Did the SSA purchase a 100K+ ammunition in any recent years past? If so, then it’s just move along. Now, if in no years past, any of these agencies had made similar purchases. Then I’d say there’d be cause for concern. 

The SSA Inspector Generals office has made a post about this issue as well.
http://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/blog/2012/08/social-securitys-oig-responds-concerns-over-ammunition-procurement

And frankly, I think that’d be a superb way to quell the commotion.  If the SSA Inspector Generals office simply updated that post and showed how many rounds of ammunition they purchased in prior years. It could dispell and quiet this whole issue.

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Is our Military being converted to a civilian service?

Or more accurately, is our military being prepared to be utilized in a martial role against U.S. citizens?

National Guard practices going from home to home doing searches, in the pretext of searching for drugs. But this tactic doesn’t make sense when talking about drugs.  I mean, when have you heard of police drug raids going from home to home?  This type of tactic is much more common historically when searching for a specific item or type of individual, be it a firearm or Jew….

FYI, military units do not have legal jurisdiction (the exception being one branch, the U.S. Coast Guard, which has legal jurisdiction on U.S. waters).

http://michaelbane.blogspot.com/2009/02/ive-seen-future-brother.html

This on top of the military training in how to conduct a roadblock…
http://www.duiblog.com/2008/12/16/here-come-the-feds-contd-marines-at-dui-roadblocks/

And for the first time, a U.S. army brigade will be deployed on active-duty during a peacetime/non-emergency period.
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/

Posse Comitatus Act – which makes it illegal to utilize the military in a law enforcement role except in a few specified exceptions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

Martial Law?

Saw some chatter about surviving martial law (which may be a future possibility, and wouldn’t be the first time for America).  The blog post gave the author’s suggestions. I share my thoughts, what I agree with, what I don’t and what I think needs more expansion. I also give a few thoughts of my own at the end of the post

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Eight suggestions for surviving martial law in the U.S.

1. Seek out reliable alternative sources of news. The mainstream media will be worse than useless in giving you a sense of what is really happening politically. Without such a sense, you will not be able to make an educated guess about what is likely to happen next.

Hmm…already do this as mainstream media is utterly unreliable. What Vice-President’s church was burned down by an arsonist?

2. Avoid high-surveillance areas with a high police/military presence like airports or checkpoints. The authorities are there in strength to ferret out wrong-doers. If you make a bad joke, show up in a database or just seem too nervous, then you can be detained, questioned and/or arrested. Remember: there will be no due process.

Fly on small private charter planes…make friends with a pilot today!

3. Do not visit controversial sites on the Internet. Do not buy controversial books or material with a credit card. Do not check them out of a library. Do not read them in public places. Do not discuss them in casual conversations or ones that are likely to be overheard. Do not wear T-shirts with political slogans or controversial sentiments.

I remember standing in line at Barnes & Noble. I had come in to buy a 2008 gun price guide. Then discovered Massad Ayoob’s digest book on handguns.  I also had picked up Thomas Payne’s “Common Sense” and then noticed these really cool “feather quill pens”.

As I stood in line, I realized two things a) I was spending too much and could probably get a few of these books much cheaper used online b) I had two gun books, Thomas Payne’s revolutionary letters and a quill pen – and realized that if I bought all of these I’d probably be entered into some FBI database.

So I put half the stuff back. *lol*

4. Be careful about the information you disclose to anyone in a position of power (e.g. your doctor) or to strangers. Indeed, be careful with anyone whose decency and discretion you do not trust. Remember that even your doctor may have a legal obligation to ‘turn you in’ should you confess to ‘crimes’, such considering suicide or owning a gun. Train your children to show a similar discretion and to never discuss what goes on in your home, especially with strangers or authority figures like their public school teachers. Make sure your partner understands and agrees with you about the need for privacy.

This is a toughy. And is a serious issue for us gun owners. Many feel they should remain silent about owning guns. I used to feel this way, but I think it is misguided now a days. Let me explain why I think that.

Years ago there was no registry, not talking about what you owned helped protect you from the powers that be. The government can’t take what they don’t know you have.  In turn, we lost the power of advocacy. Others contemplating buying a gun felt awkward, alone, not know the geek in the cubicle next to them owned guns as well.

IMHO, this point is moot.  The government pretty much knows about every gun you buy these days (exception being a few gifts and person to person long gun transfers in those states that don’t yet monitor those sales).  The end result is that the powers that be already have the knowledge. Not declaring you’re a gun owner is not going to protect you from the government if they come for your guns. They know you bought them, sure they destroyed the records after 90 days. But they archived them first and use them to this day.

I have changed my viewpoint. For the time being I think it is a better idea to be an advocate, and try to get as many in-betweeners to join our ranks. To remove the solitude that is gun ownership.

5. If you can, find ‘authorities’ you can trust, especially a lawyer.
Not sure lawyers will be much help when law is suspended and martial law enacted. I am more of the opinion to have a few people in good positions locally who can vouch for you. And also to have an ample amount of silver for comforting their palms.

6. Encrypt sensitive and/or valuable computer files and keep a back-up copy off-site — that is, somewhere other than your home or office. Don’t keep a record of where the back-ups are secured.
WHY?  What are important records? If you mean receipts for proof you own your firearms. That’s pretty pointless if they’re seizing them. If it hasn’t come to that point yet, than such are useful. But they don’t need to be secure, rather they need to be easily accessible.

I’ve been meaning to scan in/photograph all my gun receipts. Than keep those files on my computer, post them to the web, and store them in a zip file in an offsite email. But more importantly, I plan to keep those images on my iPhone. So that if ever stopped and told well “Do you have proof of ownership”…by an officer expecting me to say “no” so he can seize my guns. I can retort… “right here sir”.

7. Own a gun and keep a healthy supply of cash on hand. Tell no one.
I disagree.

Own guns not gun. Keep a healthy supply of hard currency (silver), ammo, and food & medical supplies.  Enough to arm & feed yourself, your family, and several neighbors.  Realize, that when you retreat to where you hope to weather things out. You need to be able to support most of those you come in contact with.  If you can provide protection and food, you’ve created an ally. If you can only scare them off with a gun, you’ve created a jackal you must be on alert for at all times, because if they are starving they and think they will die – than they will try to get what you have. What do they have to lose? They’re life? They already think they’re going to lose that.

The food feeds you. It feeds your neighbors. Because a) you’re not going to want to watch your neighbor’s children starve to death. And your neighbors will cease being neighborly when their children are dying and you have stockpiles.

And rest assured you will be discovered. But if you’re out in the rurals, and a local constable or deputy discovers your holding out.  A little silver can go a long way toward him keeping you secret.  Try to have something of need or luxury.  These are good trades as well.  Go watch Schindler’s List. See how Oscar Schindler built support for himself. This support also became his protection.

8. Support organizations and people who are fighting openly to push society in the opposition direction from martial law. It may not be appropriate for you to take that risk but do encourage those who are.

I agree, but also admonish prudence.  Pick your battles. Know when a battle is a lost cause and be willing to retreat. Aid where you can, discretely, unless you are willing to become a part of the resistance.

These recommendations came from the following blog:
http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.2148

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I’ve shared my viewpoints on the above, where I agree and where I disagree. Now I am going to share some thoughts of my own:

  • I. Financial, if you have dollars, savings sitting in a bank – get rid of it. Put it in the following.
    1. Hard currency – gold, silver, copper bullion.
    2. Land, property
    3. Store items (food, clothing, ropes, pulleys, etc)
    4. Stocks (now be careful, I said stocks, not mutual funds). If the U.S. currency fails and the dollar with it.

    There will be three things that will transition in value. Land, hard currency, and shares of companies with good business models. If the dollar fails, and the Amero appears. Netflix will just start charging $19.99 Ameros instead of dollars.  Your investment in a good company will rollover with the change. Where as investments in CDs, bonds, U.S. Treasury notes, etc will all be lost causes.

  • II. Self-sufficiency, if you have the means consider becoming as self-sufficient as possible.
    1. If you’re in the rurals consider investing in solar technology.  Electric cars are just around the corner as well. Being able to have both a house and vehicle that run off electricity you generate is truly an advantage.
    2. If you have some land, buy some of the tools you’d need to grow your own food.  Buy other useful things like rope, pulleys, etc.
    3. Have a good hunting rifle, good stock of ammo. Make sure you have a decent .22LR rifle and a ton of ammo. This could be your lifeblood. Pigeon may be the best dinner around.
    4. Consider a black powder rifle and the tools to mold your own “lead ball” ammo. Go for the simpler flint lock that does not require percussion caps. Why waste valuable modern ammo that is costly to replace on hunting when a musket ball will do the same?
    5. Medical supplies, these will be one of the hardest things to acquire.
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