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Friday, August 22, 2014

Rambo dreams



First some background. I grew up exposed to guns. By the time I was 5 years old my dad had me shooting a .22 at the range. Hunting is a normal way of life in rural New Hampshire. Target shooting is a well loved sport for both men and woman.

Here's the thing. Guns are no big deal. Just about everyone around where I live have many guns. Quite a few have concealed carry permits. Nobody is strutting around with a gun on their hip like they are macho. They would be ridiculed, like a guy with a big SUV compensating for personal shortcomings. Guns are not waved around to settle arguments.

Some folks collect guns. So what? Some people collect Star Wars action figures.

Here's how many people end up with an “arsenal.” They grow up hunting with dad using one of his guns. When they get old enough they buy a few guns of their own. They might get a shotgun for bird hunting. Then they might get a semiautomatic rifle for deer, bear, or moose hunting. Somewhere along the line a .22 is purchased because ammo is pretty expensive for the other guns and they want to practice. Maybe they buy a handgun or two to compete at the range with their buddies. Here's the thing about guns, with a little care they last a long long time. Eventually they end up with their granddad's and their dad's guns. To the press, a dozen or so guns looks like an arsenal.

Now I've got nothing against the guy who wants to collect a military style rife. Functionally, it's not all that much different from my deer rifle. Many of those guys are like the Star Wars collector who wants all the accessories, including a model Death Star.

Then there are those asshats who think they are Rambo. Thank the creator it's a tiny fraction of those who own guns. Some have fantasies of defending their way of life against an oppressive government. If they are very lucky it will always be a fantasy, like sleeping with twins, or pitching in the major leagues.

Do you know what happens to insurgents who go against professional soldiers? They die. In droves. The burn rate is astronomical. Yes, those who survive are tough and smart, but on the job training probably kills 8 out of 10 in short order. The reality is a lot less fun than the fantasy.

Guns can be good protection, but not against tanks, drones, planes and well trained troops. Against the occasional drugged out home invader -sure. I defended my home with a gun. Rabies was pretty rampant in the small wild animal population. A groundhog was acting very peculiar, like it was infected, so I shot it. It might have attacked my kids or my dog. Not very Rambo like, I know, but that's real life. Someone is much more likely to shoot at a weasel in the hen house than a human intruder -and that's a good thing.

Inner city gun culture scars the crap out of me. It's everything I've been trained not to do with a gun. If you are in a place where gun violence is common, the solution isn't to get a gun of your own. The solution is to get the heck out of there by any means possible.

-Sixbears



13 comments:

  1. Racist police departments aside, cities aren't more dangerous than the country.

    There's less reason to own a 30-06, sure. But you're more likely to get murdered or raped in rural Alaska than walking through Central Park with fifties hanging out of your pockets.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2014/08/07/isolated_alaskan_communities_without_police_forces_make_violence_crimes.html

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    1. There's rural and then there's Alaska rural.

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  2. Only a crazy person would think to play Rambo with all the toys of death available to the PTB now days.

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    1. I don't know what some of these guys are thinking. Usually it's someone who's never had to fire a shot in anger. Arm chair warriors.

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  3. You are correct -- I'd love to get out of Chicago, but when you are a disabled senior and have no other money other than SS, it becomes hard to figure out just how to get out of town and where to go. Police in this town can't handle the massive gang fights now going on near where I live. Police boots on the ground have been radically lowered by retirements, no more replacements and transfers out. Police calls routinely now get "no car available" messages. Am I scared? You bet. You see, in Chicago, unlike many other cities, it's mostly the bad guys who have the guns -- not the yuppies or the seniors who are the victims. I'm in favor of Charles Bronson style vigilante justice, but we haven't reached rock bottom yet, so no vigilantes around yet. It's every man for himself.

    Your wife is lucky she's got you and you got the weapons. We are at the mercy of the gang members. Legislators won't pay for more cops. The people who left the big cities are doing the right thing. Wish I could go, but no such luck. Anonymous, you obviously haven't been to Chicago! I'll take the most redneck town in America over what's going on here. The redneck areas will be just fine -- if you go on their territory, they'll shoot. But for me, no car, no money, no travel. I'm preparing to bug out at home for as long as possible.

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    1. I'm concerned for you. Do have any way to get to a better place? Friends? Relatives? Is there something special holding you there?

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  4. 6 - much of what you say is indeed true. BUT if the gubmint ever starts to unleash the full power of the military to quell dissidents - or whatever they choose to call those who will not comply with that over bearing gubmint, then Houston, we do indeed have a problem. You are correct, a lot of us will die, but so will a lot of them, and of course not all of them gubmint soldiers will comply with unlawful orders.
    Final thought, what 'threat' could a law abiding Citizen (like me for instance) ever pose that the gubmint could even consider unleashing that sort of firepower on me?

    OTB MCPO sends

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    1. I'm not saying it couldn't happen. It would be ugly. There's a fair chance the military would split and fight itself. That would be ugly too.

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    2. Ugly indeed, and as I have pointed out numerous times regarding this topic, there will NOT be any 'winners' or 'losers' - there will only be survivors.............

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  5. "Do you know what happens to insurgents who go against professional soldiers?"

    Sometimes they win!

    -Moe

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    1. True enough. Sometimes they do win.

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  6. April 19, 1775. But, the actual win was a long bloody war.

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    1. Also look at all the Royalists who left the country after the revolution. Big population shift not covered in US History classes.

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