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Gun control has elicited a heated debate in the country over the last two decades. Before the gun control laws were passed in the 90’s only a handful of people understood the pros and cons of having guns among civilian populations.
This guide intends to highlight what you can do about gun control and why we might need it.
The state of gun control today
Federal law limits certain individuals from owning firearms: those with criminal records, mental illness, drug addicts, veterans who left the military with dishonorable charges, and immigrants without legal status. Further, Federal law requires gun dealers to conduct comprehensive background checks to see if a client is prohibited from owning a firearm.
On the ground, however, there seems to be minimal enforcement of these laws based on the devastating mass shootings we have witnessed so far. These indiscriminate shootings have affected even learning institutions. For example the Florida school shooting that claimed seventeen lives.
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Gun control requires a collective effort for it to be a success and reduce mass shootings around the country. However, at an individual level you can get involved in the push for a safer country. Here is what you can do;
Support anti-gun violence campaigns
Anti-gun violence campaigns seek to sensitize the masses about the effects of gun violence have been launched countrywide. These campaigns afford you the opportunity to have your voice heard. If there is one such movement in your neighborhood, you can sign up.
Educate yourself about gun safety
Given the current state of affairs, it is vital to educate yourself and your family about gun safety. You can start by learning the basic first aid tips for someone who has been shot. Also, get to learn how to react in emergency situations for example when there is a shooting.
Know the laws governing gun control
Getting to know gun control laws will enable you to know who shouldn’t and who should harbor a firearm. With the basics of the law at your fingertips, you can report any suspicious gun holders to the authorities. This way you can help alleviate a possible shooting.
Engage your congressman
There are several legislation today meant to abolish gun control laws. If you are against such legislation, you can make your voice heard by calling your congressman and urging them to vote against the bills. This might seem like a long shot, but it is always worth a try for a safer America.
According to mass shootings tracker, there were 427 cases of mass shootings in 2017 alone. Schools have also been affected despite them being gun free zones. With such compelling statistics, it only makes sense that gun control laws are implemented fully, and stricter measures added.
Also, with gun control, it is easier for the police to distinguish assailants from victims during a mass shooting. Otherwise, if all civilians attempt to protect themselves, the police find it hard to tell apart the gunmen and innocent civilians.
Anti-gun control laws will lead to more guns
Proponents of the anti-gun control laws forget that this will facilitate gun ownership among civilians. Whereas this is seen as a strategy to enable people to protect themselves, the opposite is bound to happen: With more people harboring firearms, isolated incidences of shootings will increase.
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Strict gun control measures have succeeded overseas
Strict gun control measures have succeeded elsewhere in a bid to curb indiscriminate shootings. For example in Australia, after the government banned all semi-automatic rifles, gun violence declined by a great deal.
Whereas results may vary from country to country, the general observation is that gun control facilitates a safer society. As such, it makes sense to implement stricter gun control measures in the country.
Gun control has also completely failed overseas…
As the gun control debate picks momentum, it is vital to remember that at the end of the day we are all on the same side. We all want a safer society for our children, our parents, our friends and all Americans. Gun control is a logical way to achieve this and create a safer country where every individual can pursue their goals without fear.
So today, we wanted to talk about 5 Guns to Guarantee Your Survival.
When it comes to situations where you need to be putting meat on your table for your family, it’s often better to have a rifle instead of a hand-gun. A high-powered rifle with long-range power should be in every survivalist’s arsenal.
Not just from the standpoint of these high-powered rifles being extremely fun to shoot, but when it comes to dangerous situations these are one of the most useful.
But, we all know that a handgun can be useful in those instances where carrying around a rifle is not a possibility.
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Depending on your situation and where you live, you’ll want to keep different things in mind. I spent some time researching this topic and came across an article that nailed the subject on the head. I would be doing you a dis-service if I didn’t just share that article with you.
So rather than act like I’m the smartest guy around (only in my own mind), I decided to share the following excerpt from Ranger Man at shtfblog.com.
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This should really come as no surprise. My only guess as to why so many survival writers don’t list the “Black Rifle” as their top choice is because they want to set themselves apart from the pack. Like in politics, when you’re the man on top, you can expect attacks. There are very solid reasons for the AR-15’s extreme popularity and cult-like following. There are very solid reasons why its the #1 choice of the U.S. military and paramilitary groups (“AR-15” to include all variations). It’s the best – period.
Advantages: very common caliber; fast bullet with flat trajectory; highly adaptable platform that allows the user to meet mission specific needs; extensive options readily available; they’re everywhere (meaning so are parts); wide variety of available rounds from 55 grain to 75 grain, tracer rounds, steel penetrator tips, etc.; very, very light recoil; Made in the U.S.A., and in the case of Bushmaster, Made in Maine 😉
Disadvantages: smaller caliber than what’s found in other battle rifles; many moving parts; rather annoying to clean compared to other rifles; the gas system often comes under criticism for throwing the “gunk” back into the chamber (some call this “shitting where it eats”), though this problem has been remedied in some newer models (at a higher cost).
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I can hear it now, “What!?” That’s right, the .22 rifle. It’s ALL about survivalism. Look, when TEOTWAWKI hits you’re going to want a rifle like the Ruger 10/22 for put some sort of meat on your dinner plate. Squirrels, gophers or the neighbors’ cats, the 10/22 is quiet, effective, and you can shoot all damn day for what it’d cost you to buy a 6-pack of PBR.
Additionally, a little recognized fact, Chechen rebels successfully used .22 rifles for sniping purposes against Russian troops in urban settings. The urban setting consisted of narrow streets and close buildings allowing these “snipers” to get exceptionally close to their targets. They strapped soda bottle silencers on them to further the effectiveness. I don’t care what you say about the .22lr, take one in the neck and you’ll think differently.
Advantages: already stated – go buy one
Disadvantages: none whatsoever
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What’s a more common caliber than the .45 ACP? The 9mm. Unfortunately, it’s the most common handgun caliber in the United States used against police officers. Thugs love it. Love the 9mm, but don’t be a thug.
Advantages: cheaper to shoot than the .45 (and thus practice with); high capacity magazines; easier to conceal and carry
Disadvantage: less lead
It’s durable, designed to be thrown into a mud hole for a month when it can be dug out and immediately used without cleaning. That might be an exaggeration, but not by much. It also delivers a beefy round for a standard issue assault rifle. If you’re outside the United States, there’s likely readily available parts and ammunition.
Advantages: banana clips, baby; jungled clipped banana clips, baby
Disadvantages: lacks the accuracy found in other assault rifles; made in China, or Russia, or Yugoslavia – you get the idea.
5) Remington 870 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun
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Let’s hear that again.
The sound is undeniable. You hear that and you instantly know what it means, “You wanna roll with me?” The only reasonable response is, “errrr . . . . nah, I’ll move along.”
You can get a shotgun that’ll take a bigger shell, but you don’t need it. The 12 gauge is exceptionally common and it’ll take a variety of shells: birdshot for game hunting survival purposes; double-ought buck for pushing intruders not only down, but back out the window they came in through; and slugs for anything else.
Advantages: common caliber; many accessories available for this model (pistolgrips, tube extensions, etc.); obscene knock-down power
Disadvantages: none come to mind
Can you think of any other Guns To Guarantee Your Survival No Matter What The Situation? Let us know in the comments below…
Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.
The policeman who was videoed slamming a teen girl to the ground and pulling his gun on other teens during the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident has resigned.
As reported by Western Journalism, the most controversial part of the video was when McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.
Brandon Brooks, 15, who shot the video, said in an interview afterwards: “I think she was quote unquote running her mouth, and she has freedom of speech and that was very uncalled for him to throw her to the ground. When he pulled his gun my heart dropped. As soon as he pulled out his gun, I thought he was going to shoot that kid. That was very scary.”
The video also shows Casebolt manhandling and yelling expletives at other teenagers.
Casebold was placed on administrative leave following the incident, pending an investigation.
The officer’s resignation comes after hundreds of protesters marched through McKinney Monday night, carrying signs calling for him to be fired and chanting that he should be “charged.”
The AP reports that Nikki Perez, a black resident of McKinney, attended a city council meeting Monday to express her concern about the incident.
“I don’t excuse the behavior of those teenagers, but if I call 911, then I wouldn’t want that cop to respond,” Perez said. “He blew his credibility when he opened his mouth and started cursing at the kids.”
The McKinney Police are scheduled to have a press conference Tuesday night to further address their actions at the pool party.
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21 Life Lessons from James Bond
James Bond is arguably the world’s most famous spy. He always has a witty one-liner, he manages to get out of even the trickiest of situations, and somehow, at the end of the day, he still has time and class to seduce any woman he lays his eyes on.
While it’s his debonair attitude that sells movies, it’s his levelheadedness, cleverness, resourcefulness, and loyalty that make him a worthy role model.
Implementing some of these lessons can you get into the mindset of a spy. James Bond isn’t just protecting queen and country; he’s also protecting you.
This quote, from The World is Not Enough, is actually courtesy of Q. Here, Q teaches us that it’s important to lick your wounds in private, both to save face and to keep your enemies from knowing your weak points.
Courtesy of Q in The World is Not Enough, James always knows what’s next, which gives him the upper hand. When it comes to you in your life, it’s good to know where you’re headed, regardless of where you are.
Always be one-step ahead.
In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond quips on the joys of learning another language.
The more people you can communicate with, the better.
Written skills, verbal skills, and language skill take you far.
This quote from License to Kill gives a bit of insight into when to tread carefully.
James knows it’s wise to give the woman with the knife the center stage for a time—so that he has time to formulate an escape plan.
This lesson from Skyfall is an ongoing theme in the James Bond canon.
Whether it’s country, queen, or your family, find something worth fighting for.
In Die Another Day, Bond yearns for the old ways. Learning from traditional methods and employing classic tactics is nothing to be ashamed of.
Sometimes a little glue and duct tape go a lot further than a bunch of fancy gadgets.
Here in Goldfinger, James teaches us the importance on admitting our flaws—so that we can better overcome them. His answer? Carry a gun.
In A View to a Kill James used this line to flirt—but it’s also indicative of how the famous spy finds time to train, learn new techniques, and find time for extracurricular activities.
One of the best ways to learn something about another person is to open up. Casino Royale shows us James at one of his most vulnerable states; let yourself shed a little armor once in a while.
In Skyfall, Bond reminds us of our own mortality, the mortality of our loves ones, and the mortality of our enemies. A greater respect for life can help you when making life-and-death decisions.
The world famous spy reminds us here in For Your Eyes Only that overreacting isn’t helpful. Keep a level head when in intense situations.
In Skyfall, Bond reminds us that being young doesn’t necessarily mean better, and that old doesn’t mean spent.
Keeping with the theme of loyalty to country, here in Goldeneye Bond reminds Alec that he’s in his profession because he was meant to be. Own what you’re doing to succeed at it.
While it in itself was a film inconsistent with the franchise, this quote from Never Say Never Again inspires us to set goals for ourselves and stay consistent.
Here in Casino Royale Bond give us insight on advice. Remember to stay humble.
This quote from The Living Daylights is the other half of Bond’s success. He plans and he reacts in the same moment.
When it comes to guns, Bond sums it up in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Weapons are powerful and deserve respect and care.
This quote from License to Kill reminds us to always be looking for the things others didn’t think of.
In You Only Live Twice, Bond is given a second shot at life.
When motivated to change your life, take the opportunity.
From The World is Not Enough, Bond reminds us that we, as humans, aspire to do and be so much.
You can achieve anything and everything.
The classic catchphrase is an important reminder to always stay true to yourself.
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From improving conscious awareness of your surroundings to building and maintaining a fire, bushcraft skills can change your life.
Our modern lifestyle is all based on a very fragile premise which can be destroyed with something as common as a hurricane or tornado.
Having the knowledge and skills necessary to live off of the land will provide you with confidence in all kinds of situations and provide you with an alternative perspective on our current way of life.
You will gain a whole new appreciation for the convenience, availability, and luxurious resources available to us in modern times.
By learning and developing bushcraft skills, you will greatly improve your well-being and quality of life.
Not only is this way of life healthier, but it will provide you with the knowledge of how to be a self-sufficient survivor.
It will bring you confidence in everyday situations from remembering landmarks to assist with driving in unfamiliar territory to managing your stress at work.
Whether the wilderness survival situation is temporary, self-imposed, long-term, or a forced emergency, these skills can be the difference between life and death. Acquiring these skills is guaranteed to change your life for the better.
Orienteering describes the traveling of unknown terrain with the aid of a map and compass.
Originally, this skill was designed as military training for Swedish soldiers. It has since gained international popularity and even become a world renowned sport.
This skill involves identifying terrain features which would provide natural barriers in the path. Those unfamiliar with orienteering may be surprised that it is usually impossible to simply travel in a straight line across long distances.
Practicing this skill has immeasurable benefits including strengthening decision making, improving mental acuteness during fatigue and stress, and constant awareness of the surroundings. With this skill, you will never get lost again.
Even if you are not sure where you are but you know how to get back to where you started, then you are not lost.
Finding edible wild food is a survival necessity.
If you don’t have a food source, you will not have the mental capacity or the energy to focus on survival.
One of the most important aspects of foraging is being informed about what you can and cannot eat.
Many plants in the wild are poisonous if ingested while looking like harmless berries to an inexperienced forager. Acquiring this skill will benefit not only in survival situations, but in our everyday lives as well.
Wild plants and fruits are much richer in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals than those found in the grocery store.
Identifying an animal by its tracks can tell you so much about the area you are settling in.
Tracking will assist in hunting animals for food or fur. Trailing an animal can also assist you in finding a fresh water source or even a food source.
The main benefit of learning to track animals is minimizing the risk these animals will pose to your survival.
It is especially important to be aware of your predator’s normal pathway to avoid unnecessary confrontation with the animals.
Bushcraft skills often promote maximization of resources and reducing waste.
Hide-tanning is one way to ensure that none of the animal is wasted, while also providing numerous benefits including clothing, shelter, and storage.
Leather provides resistance to harsh wind, making it an excellent addition to any long term clothing or shelter structure.
It is tough, durable, and long lasting making for excellent storage bags as well. This skill will provide countless benefits while living off the land.
Gardening is an important long-term bushcraft skill because it will provide the nutrition and stable food source your body needs.
In everyday life, gardening will consistently bring fresh produce, stress relief, and assist in your body’s regulation of the immunes system.
You will not only soak in Vitamin D from the sunshine but will also be absorbing the friendly bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae from the dirt which all stimulate your immunity.
Trees will pull water from the ground and filter it through their roots.
The water will stay in the tree all winter collecting nutrients and providing nourishment to the tree until spring.
Humans can tap into trees and produce a maple or birch sap. This delicious natural energy drink is high in manganese, electrolytes, and vitamins.
It also contains abscisic acid which helps remove sugar from the blood stream and stimulate the immune system.
Controlling fire is exceedingly the most crucial bushcraft skill to acquire.
Fire was and still is one of the most necessary prerequisites to survival. Control of fire is what in fact makes us human.
About 1.8 million years ago, our ancestors discovered and harnessed the amazing power of fire.
By adding cooked meat to the human diet, we were able to add more calories to focus on the brain, resulting in an unprecedented increase in brain size.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, people in the wild will usually only survive a few months without cooking even if they have access to raw meat.
In addition to providing a method of cooking, fire will provide a method of producing safe water, warmth, light, and shelter.
From tanning hides to learning to identify edible wild food, acquiring these skills can provide you with countless benefits and significantly improve your quality of life.
These skills will help guide you into the bushcraft lifestyle.
This way of life provides for better health, mental acuity, and preparedness.
Modern life has brought us far away from the way of life of our ancestors.
Facing the wilderness can be deadly for many modern humans who do not value the benefits of bushcraft and cannot even produce fire, arguably the most significant skill ever to have been learned throughout humanity.
Acquiring these skills is sure to be life-changing in a positive direction.