Sharpen Your Hatchet While The World Screams

Monday, March 12, 2018

Knowing Is Half The Battle

Who remembers the old GI Joe public service announcements that featured short life lessons for young people? They would show a good little right and wrong story and at the end would say "now you know, and knowing is half the battle".

I had decided early on that if I began to write here again that I would leave the politics to others and try to focus on skills and tools that Survivalists and Preppers would appreciate. This does not mean that in my personal life I do not study what is happening in the world and use it in my efforts. The reason is that I have no desire to be just another blogger sounding alarms. You already know that things are bad and are going to get much worse or you would not be here. Others are already doing a great job of keeping us all informed and showing the nuances of today's political landscape.

We all are painfully aware that there is a very large portion of the former united states which would go along rather easily with removing semi automatic weapons from legal status. Hell, there is a significant number who would remove all privately owned weapons from legal status. While we can discuss the various ways that this could or could not be accomplished, the facts are that we could very well be criminals for non compliance in the future. This is certainly possible if the house is retaken by collectivists in the upcoming midterms. Another way is by states enacting their own laws similar to what NY did.

This is not going to be a treatise on the "how" it could go or be done. It is not going to be an argument for any certain scenario or possibility. One thing I have seen in the last 20 or so years is that politics and politicians will get onerous things done by hook or crook and the courts nor our body of representation will attempt to block it.

What I want to say here is more about our psychology and our grit than about world leaders and Liberty killing law. More about knowing, and understanding yourself than your enemy. Knowing is half the battle, right?

I see it every day in different circles. Men beating their chests and crowing about how they will shoot gun grabbing LE and feds in the face if they announce a ban on ownership of certain firearms. I get it, I do, and I get incensed at the thought of some mealy mouthed politico deciding to decree that a right has been "rescinded".

Let me tell you why you better have more of an actual plan than this. Surviving a stack on your doorstep is probably not how this will go. Having MRAPS rolling down Maple St. hauling jackboots who have orders to search every house is probably in the realm of fiction. While I have no doubt that targeted strikes would happen, mass confiscation via door to door is simply too monumental a task.

 No, what will happen is that the penalties will be so heavy and the risk so great, people who do not turn weapons over to collection centers would simply be too afraid to ever let them see the light of day. A ban on owning semi auto rifles would not be as much about collecting them up as it would be about driving the use into the realm of contraband.

You will probably not be killed on the glorious field of battle facing the .mil or forces of evil......but you absolutely could be arrested and made an example because you slipped up and told someone you have a Bushmaster buried in the yard or a conscientious neighbor saw you carrying a blanket wrapped object to your barn that looked a lot like a rifle.

I really doubt that in the beginning there will be any battles. I believe it will be a further slip toward darkness, just like most other countries have seen, and people will simply be driven underground in their firearm ownership. We see this with the drug culture, we saw it with the bootleggers and we will see it with guns.

Where does this leave you?

Have you discussed with your spouse what you would do? Have you thought about it in detail? Have you any plan of action figured out beyond "I will not comply"?

I don't have any specific answers for your specific circumstances. There are just too many variables for anyone to offer specifics. What I will offer is that you need to have some absolutes already decided and that your loved ones should know and understand what they are. You should be building tribe with people who share your ideals and they should share your convictions and logistical plan.

There are plenty of other places where you can get ideas about action. Being a guerrilla is all fun and games until it's time to do guerrilla shit. I won't detail how to hang traitors from lamp posts here or how easy it is to ruin some local communist's mind with a quiet .22 solid. These things certainly will happen without any input from me. My point is that planning trumps simple reaction every time. Waiting around with Old Glory in one hand and your AK in the other is not a plan.

We are facing a dark future. One thing that is shown again and again is that people who disarm are at the whim of those who don't. You as a gun owner/prepper/survivalist have to come to grips with what you are willing to do (and not do) and what you are willing to endure to see that you hold to your decisions. Simply deciding to not comply is just the first step. Now the real hard decisions come.

I would love for you to comment and share your thoughts.

Tick Tock


  1. Or, it completely goes the other way and while semi's might be "taxed" ( only expensive ones become available, as with Clinton, making semi ownership a tax on the poor ), a general gun ban is indirect. If they control the food, your guns don't mean dingus. You spent all your money on AR's instead of rice. Say, "terrorists" are hitting truckers, so there are shortages. Rationing leads to ID's and you can't have an ID for food if you are a mentally unstable gun owner. I'm not being literal-this is just a fer instance. What about a severe Depression and nobody works and everybody needs Food Stamps. And, again, you must be in compliance to get the food from the government distribution points. No gas, so you must move to the city, but if you live in the city you can't own a gun even though it is perfectly legal out there yonder. I don't really wargame this stuff extensively, I just know food is a far more likely control that can put us down far easier. Even more likely than control of course, is just collapse. And your local warlord removes the gun from your dead body. I could go on forever. Just know you don't know. Whatever fantasy you imagine, reality will be worse and suck harder. Plan on Black Swans, not Hollywood scenarios.

  2. Black Swan events, by their definition, cannot be planned for.

    1. The result of such an event, such as discussed in this post, certainly can be.

    2. Being prepared "in general" prepares you for many different scenarios. You might only be 40% prepared for the specific Black Swan event that happens to you or your family, but 40% and the ability/willingness to abandon excess luggage may be the difference in survival.

      Most Americans are existing on the edge of survival now, when fuel/food/financial systems work pretty well. They expect Uncle Sam to deliver the goods in a regional emergency, since they live in an "important" area, not like New Orleans for Katrina where everyone useful or important got out. Or, Long island NY (Hurricane Sandy), where relief at maximum ability of the FedGov and State of New York arrived as soon as the storm broke, or within a few months or so.

      You are on your own. If you get something that makes your post-disaster a little more enjoyable, great, but don't count on it to keep warm/fed/secure. How is that ruck training coming along? 'cuz you are going to walk.


  3. I agree that outright confiscation is not going to happen but the goal will be to limit access and make ownership as expensive as possible. Times will get much worse. Keep building trusted tribe because you cannot make it alone. Move well out into the boondocks and become as self sufficient as possible. Grow what food you can and store seeds. Make sure you have alternate water sources and a means to supply for your energy need seven if that is a small solar system that allows you to charge devices and radios. Limited access in and out of your property is a plus. Continue to build your supplies and expand your skill sets. Know your immediate area and those who you know can be trusted and those who you doubt you can trust. If you question if you can trust someone now when times are relatively good then know they will sell you out for a crust of bread when times are bad. So it goes...


  4. KM, sorry, you are correct. I should have said "expect Black Swan Events".

  5. Has anyone war gamed something like that happening and planned out an action plan... Might be something to think about...

    1. What is required in my mind, is generalities rather than individual scenarios. You must be able to adapt a general plan to the specific circumstances.

      Wish we were closer brother.

  6. Come to my AO for a visit and I guarantee you would want to stay...I will put you up;)

    1. Could possibly cause me to become single. The wife is not going to be far away from family.

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    1. They were dead set against us moving away and thought we were crazy but I knew in my heart and head that it was the right decision for our family...Now they are building a house on our property and said our decision was the best one ever for us and for them...You just have to know your right and move in that direction...Lots of prayer and discussion will help also...

  8. One can go overboard with discussions about laws and building tribes and tactics. It's a simple thing to break a law, and more people get away with it than you imagine (everybody should exercise their law-breaking muscles). It's not the soul-destroying action that some people seem to think. Also we are not going to get into set-piece battles. It will just be you and a cop out on a lonely highway. Maybe, especially for older folks like me, it will just be "carry on as usual" and "when the time comes, take as many bastards with you as you can". Keep in mind we vastly outnumber the ruling class and their minions, so that is a viable tactic. Nobody lives forever, but dying on your knees is distasteful.

  9. We are beginning to hear voices of those who are opposed to the private ownership of firearms propose that the Second Amendment be repealed, imagining the Federal Government to then be free to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms. This is a misguided notion uttered by those who either do not understand the intent of both the Founders and the written Constitution, or those whose intent it is to deceive the populace. In the case of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, I suspect it is the later.
    Were the Second Amendment repealed, or even if it never existed, the Federal Government would still be restricted from the purview of gun control. Well, that was the original intent of the Framers of the Constitution, and "original intent" is supposed to be the guideline when the Supreme Court (and it's lower courts) makes an "interpretation".
    James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” was initially opposed to the idea of a “Bill of Rights” being amended to the Constitution. Not that he was opposed to the provisions of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights. Madison’s view was that if a power was not specifically enumerated in the Constitution, then it was not within the purview of the new central government he and the other Founders were creating. Madison considered the addition of a bill of rights would be redundant. Madison stated, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined...”
    Still, knowing a government’s tendency to usurp powers not specifically denied it, the faction demanding that a bill of rights be amended to the Constitution (The Anti-Federalists) stood their ground, and The Bill of Rights was amended to the Constitution.
    Today, the majority of citizens do not understand the true purpose of The Bill of Rights, and this shortcoming can be laid directly at the feet of the public education system that promotes the leftist notion of rights being dispensations from the government. Take for example, how often do you hear someone say, "The First Amendment gives me the right to say...." or "The Second Amendment gives me the right to have..."? No, neither Amendment gives you the right. According to the Founder's vision of America, you already have the right. The Amendments are actually restrictions on the new central government the Founders were creating, prohibiting it from infringing on your right to speak your mind or to keep and bear arms. In fact, the Bill of Rights could more appropriately be called "The Bill of Restrictions". Outside of protections in the realm of jurisprudence, where a citizen may find himself contested with the government, the Bill of Rights confers no rights. Instead, each of the Amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights is a restriction put upon the government, binding and limiting it's power to those enumerated within the Constitution, and the Tenth Amendment sums it up by telling the government, "And if there is anything we have failed to mention, you are restricted from that as well."
    The Bill of Rights was an additional safeguard added to the Constitution, designed to protect the inalienable rights citizens of the United States are presumed to have. It's what makes America unique. A repeal of any Amendment would not change that. Those who are calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, with the notion that the Federal Government would then be free to regulate the right to keep and bear arms, are the ones the Anti-Federalists were wary of. And they obviously were right. - DARoberts