Any urban or residential area in America is rarely more than one headline away from anarchy. As recent events have shown, the cultural divide in our United States serves as a catalyst for social misbehavior ranging from civil disobedience to outright may hem. Once extreme activists pour fuel on the fire and neighborhoods begin to burn, there’s also a monotonously reliable phenomenon that plays out again and again: Unarmed citizens are systematically victimized while armed citizens tend to prevail.
There are factors at play in urban survival unique to this surroundings. The obvious best choice, if circumstances allow and nothing irreplaceable is left behind, is to escape till the dust settles and let FEMA get you a new home or business. I have a relative who escaped her upscale New Orleans home when hurricane Katrina literally as the armed mob rounded the corner onto her street. If circumstances demand that you must stay put, however, a little preparation can make a huge difference.
It appears that in each recent example of civil unrest, pictures emerge of isolated, armed civilians standing guard over their businesses and property. In some cases, aerial views taken after the fires have abated serve as a graphic depiction of which citizens exercised their Second Amendament rights and which didn’t. The unarmed businesses are burned to their foundations while the armed type remain intact to do business another day.
Law enforcement will likely be unable to assist. In some high-profile cases, urban leadership even restrains law enforcement in a flawed effort to calm the situation. While this approach does nothing more than lend a movement ill-deserved legitimacy, it also obviously leaves law-abiding citizens on their own. as with most things, the key to success is preparation.
In circumstances of civil unrest, there’s no better tool with which to defend home and hearth than a firearm. While rivers of ink have been spilt arguing the salient advantages of this design over that, the reality of the matter is that a reliable AR or AK rifle needn’t be expensive to be effective.
Nowadays a low-end black rifle can be had at a reasonable worth, and a half dozen loaded magazines can detain storage longer than you’ll. Store it all with a correct handgun and spare magazines in a secure location where little fingers cannot get to them, and train to the point where you feel comfortable with all of it. A $2,000 black rifle that you haven’t touched since you brought it home from the gun store is nothing but a liability. While there’s no true substitute for live-fire training, there’s a good sort of fully safe firearms training systems that can be used within the confines of your home to assist keep your self-protection skills sharp between trips to the range.
Body armor is a combat multiplier and the current sordid state of the world has opened up a thriving market for such gear. Choices are available for adults, children and even pets, all at reasonable costs. With a little forethought, a plate carrier outfitted with Level III plates and magazine carriers is grabbed and donned in moments during a crisis. Several of the most dangerous places in America have the most restrictions on firearms, ammunition capacity and even body armor possession, so research the subject carefully before lest you run afoul of all those laws that only ever seem to affect the law-abiding.
If you select to remain and defend your home and property, you probably won’t be venturing outside very often. Consistently ensure your emergency closet is stocked with the essentials needed to wait out the war in the streets. This includes food, water, backup power and medical provides, and any specialty items for pets or the elderly should always be on hand. If you think you’ll attempt to leave before the crisis worsens, have a 72-hour bag packed for yourself and every member of your family. Compact and portable versions of the previously mentioned items should be included, as well as appropriate clothing and footwear for the season and the specific terrain. Hopefully, you won’t need to be gone more than a few days before returning home.
If you choose to remain behind and defend your stuff, you need to appreciate the incredible legal burden you’ll be shouldering. You’ll be control responsible for every round of ammunition you expend, each piece of gear you accumulate and every word you utter in any potentially violent exchange. Whatever happens during the incident will likely be captured on video and stored someplace in perpetuity.
It is sordid comment indeed that law-abiding Americans would have to fear each a rampaging mob and our own legal system, but that however remains the case. Make a dispassionate assessment of your circumstances and prepare accordingly. In so doing, when a violent mob comes down the street, you’ll not be caught unawares.