Re: If the stuff really hits the fan.
I have seen the “arm my neighbors” put forth on several boards. Back when you could get an SKS for 80 bucks, “Buy a bunch of ‘em, so I can arm my neighbors, in case the world goes to hell”. 75-dollar Yugos? Same thing. Buy a half-dozen or so, along with case upon case of that 35-dollar-a-case ammo. “To arm the neighbors”. Now the 50-dollar Moisins. But I’ve actually given that some thought.
First, anyone that is really, as john put it, a “friend of the Constitution” probably already has a gun. And if he has a gun, he ain’t gonna want that. You come up to me with a 5-foot long piece of “commie crud”, that looks like it was found in the muck when they were digging a new foundation at a construction site in Stalingrad, and tell me I should use it, instead of my Browning BLR. Now, my BLR is a fine gun, but it was never designed for shooting a thousand rounds a day, every day for a week. The Moisin is a better choice. But I ain’t’ gonna believe you, and am gonna stick with my Browning, until it lets me down in the middle of a firefight.
Then you have the people that don’t own a gun because they don’t want a gun because they think the police are gonna protect them and that guns are bad and that only criminals and gangbangers have guns and that guns are bad (oh, I already said that, didn’t I?). Then, when the fecal matter strikes the rotary oscillator, he comes running up and says, “Gimme a gun”. Screw you. You don’t know anything about guns, you’re afraid of guns, you still think the cops are gonna protect you, and if I give you a gun you will probably shoot me in the back with it if one of the blue-helmets offers you nylons or Hershey bars.
Lastly you have the group that wants a gun, but is either too young, too broke, or too henpecked to have one. These people, most likely, have no experience with guns, because they don’t own one, so giving them a 5-foot long rifle that will kick the heck out of ‘em doesn’t seem like the best choice.
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