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Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family
TEC ^ | 12-2-2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 12/02/2012 7:41:40 PM PST by blam

Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

By Michael Snyder
December 2nd, 2012

Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder rate in San Bernardino is up 50 percent this year, but the city is dealing with bankruptcy and has been forced to lay off 80 police officers. But San Bernardino is not the only city dealing with this kind of a thing. In Oakland, burglaries are up 43 percent so far this year, and to say that there is a "crime wave" going on in Oakland would be a massive understatement. If you can believe it, in Oakland "more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year – translating to about 33 burglaries a day." Sadly, there simply are not enough police to keep up with it all.
Due to budget cuts, it is being projected that by February the size of the police force in Oakland will be about 25 percent smaller than it was back in 2008. But what is happening in Detroit is perhaps even more frightening. Today there are about 1,000 fewer police officers in Detroit than there was a decade ago. But crime just continues to rise. So now even the police are telling people to "enter Detroit at your own risk". With very little police protection, an increasing number of citizens are taking matters into their own hands. As I noted in a previous article, justifiable homicide in the city of Detroit increased by 79 percent in 2011, and the rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is approximately 2200 percent above the national average. But don't laugh at what is happening in cities like San Bernardino, Oakland and Detroit. What is happening in those cities will be coming to your community soon enough.

From coast to coast, criminals are becoming increasingly bold and increasingly desperate. My sister lives near a large city in the middle part of the country, and a house across the street from the one her family just moved into was recently vandalized. The criminals took all of the exposed copper pipe and copper wire that could be accessed easily.

Other criminals have become very focused on gold because it has soared in value and it is easy to resell. For example, there have been more than 250 gold chain robberies in Stockton, California just since the month of April. According to the CBS News affiliate in Sacramento, criminals are just ripping these chains right off of the necks of unsuspecting citizens, and many of the victims that have tried to resist have ended up getting hurt. Normally the criminals sell off the jewelry within 24 hours, so solving these crimes is a real challenge...

Most victims of the robberies are female (65 percent), and 44 percent of victims are age 50 or older, the data showed. The most common time of day for the crimes were between 12 and 5 p.m., though this only accounts for about a third of the crime.

Parino said robbers took even police by surprise initially.

“When [criminals] do these crimes, they normally get rid of the items within 24 hours,” he said.

That’s why police are now checking up on secondhand stores and pawn shops on a weekly basis.

Many dismiss reports such as these as "anomalies", but how many "anomalies" do we need before we finally admit that we have a widespread problem in our society?

Personally, there are many major U.S. cities that I would not want to be living right in the middle of right now.

Just take a look at Chicago. It has become one of the deadliest major cities on the entire globe. In recent years we have seen massive cuts to the police budget coupled with a dramatic increase in gang activity in Chicago.

The murder rate in Chicago is way up this year and the police force is massively outnumbered.

As I have written about previously, there are only about 200 police officers assigned to Chicago's Gang Enforcement Unit. It is their job to handle the estimated 100,000 gang members living in the city.

How would you like to be outnumbered 100,000 to 200?

When things really hit the fan, Chicago is going to be a complete and utter nightmare.

And sometimes we get a peek into how people will behave when things break down. Just look at what happened during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

If you can believe it, some criminals actually took advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to loot homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens. That was the neighborhood where approximately 100 homes burned down. The suffering of the residents of that neighborhood made headlines all over the nation. But that has not stopped criminals from moving in and taking advantage of their vulnerability...

Cops told the victims burglaries are on the rise in Breezy Point.

There were 14 home break-ins from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, compared with none a year before.

And in the 28 days before that, there were 48 burglaries. Only four break-ins were reported in that time period the year before.

In the days after Sandy, some of the hardest-hit areas were plagued with store looting, home burglaries, street muggings and other crimes.

There are some very sick people out there. These days you simply do not know who you can trust. The person you meet on the street may be perfectly fine or they may be a total sicko. It is so hard to tell. But without a doubt there are a lot of sickos out there. Just check out what authorities in Pennsylvania found recently...

Animal welfare workers say 11 puppies were found dead and skinned near an eastern Pennsylvania park.

Sadly, authorities in that area had come across another similar incident recently...

The discovery is second disturbing incident in the county in less than a week. About 20 miles away in Lynn Township police say a dog was discovered skinned and cooked.

Who would do such things?

What in the world is happening to this country?

Things are changing, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. As conditions shift, we are all going to have to carefully evaluate what is necessary to protect our families. Don't ignore all of the warning signs. Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything is going to be okay is not going to help anything.

So what do all of you think about all of this?


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1 posted on 12/02/2012 7:41:50 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

According to Bob Costas, guns are bad, very very bad..so if someone breaks into your house, just grab a fork and say “Hey you want some of THIS”


2 posted on 12/02/2012 7:45:14 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: blam

I am no expert, but if someone ever breaks into our apartment here, I am gonna at least try to plug their ass before they plug mine. Oh, yes, and we’re in a neighborhood with lots of Section 8 tenants. Gonna try to avoid running too many errands at night if I can. And we’re going to move out of here as soon as we can save up enough money for moving expenses and car repairs. We’re taking the 6 cats with us, too!>


3 posted on 12/02/2012 7:45:29 PM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: blam

Here’s what everyone needs to know:

Cops do not equal protection.

I repeat, Cops do NOT equal PROTECTION.

Sheesh


4 posted on 12/02/2012 7:53:02 PM PST by onona (It's a good day to celebrate life, so I shall !)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yeah, dumbass Bob sais f the kid fro the Chiefs hadn’t had a gun it wouldn’t have happened. I threw my remote at the TV on that one.


5 posted on 12/02/2012 7:53:14 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: blam

” Who would do such things?

What in the world is happening to this country?”

Paganism, in its many forms, is the fastest rising “religion”.

Any questions?


6 posted on 12/02/2012 7:53:14 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: sean327

OJ didn’t have a gun and that didn’t stop him from killing two people at the same time. Costas is a jackass.


8 posted on 12/02/2012 7:55:50 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: sean327

Good thing I was watching the Laker game and did not hear this nonsense(Watching this game already makes me want to throw the remote, whole other matter) this makes my blood boil. I don’t own a gun, never even seen one(But I would love to go to a gun range and take some lessons) but I support people’s right to own guns..if we don’t protect ourselves from the scumbags out there who will..you take away all the guns and the gang bangers and other scum will still have them..what next, ban knives, ban rope, people use rope to hang people, maybe we should ban that next..or how about banning booze..how many people die everyday at the hands of drunk drivers..or how about banning cell phones, how many people have died because someone was texting or tweeting or talking on their cell phone instead of driving..we have become a society that people don’t have to accept responsibility for ANYTHING anymore, its always someone else’s fault


9 posted on 12/02/2012 7:57:16 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: blam
Here in Colorado most of the police departments have removed "To Serve and To Protect" from the patrol vehicles.

That is why I am armed enough to hold off a group for a decent amount of time

10 posted on 12/02/2012 8:00:33 PM PST by SledgeCS (Good Men Died. Obama Lied. Impeach the LYING COWARD!!!)
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To: blam

Keep them loaded and always close at hand at all times!


11 posted on 12/02/2012 8:02:34 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Salamander

The sort that would sacrifice an animal is more than just pagan. I’ve kept my dogs inside on certain nights, Halloween and others, for many years. It’s not new, just getting bolder and more widespread.


12 posted on 12/02/2012 8:04:23 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: onona

“I repeat, Cops do NOT equal PROTECTION.”

Exactly!

Cops are there to write up the report AFTER the crime has been committed, nothing else.

I know.

We were brought up to believe and trust in “authority figures”.

Ditch that crap...take responsibility for yourselves, or be a victim.


13 posted on 12/02/2012 8:05:50 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Our pooch does not go out alone. Period. Sucks getting up at 3 AM on nights he can’t make it but at least I know he’s coming back.


14 posted on 12/02/2012 8:08:29 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: blam

You can thank Liberals for everything listed in the article.


15 posted on 12/02/2012 8:09:42 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: blam

The day-time breakins are on the increase in the Seattle area. Sometimes the homeowner is home and didn’t here the doorbell ring and then surprises the perps.

In one instance the homeowner came out with his shotgun as the guys were getting in their truck. He took a shot at them as they fled. The cops said to look for a red pickup truck with the back window of the canopy blown out. (No charges against the homeowner.)

Another cop said “It’s open-season on criminals now.”


16 posted on 12/02/2012 8:10:06 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Very true.

Even though I have a very securely fenced yard, the dogs are *never* out there without me watching over them.


17 posted on 12/02/2012 8:12:02 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: blam

Time for this female senior citizen to get my CCL I guess.


18 posted on 12/02/2012 8:13:59 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: cableguymn

I have about an acre fenced behind the house and mine usually have the run of it whenever they want to go out the dog door, electronic, they’re the only thing that can come back in through it. I only have one dog now but have had as many as three.


20 posted on 12/02/2012 8:14:40 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Salamander

I’ve never had any indication that anyone has gotten in back there who shouldn’t have been there. I’ve lived here eighteen years and there has never been a crime of any sort on this street or in the whole neighborhood. It’s getting closer though. Everybody has at least a small acreage, many are set well back from the road. Mine is. One thing I’ve noticed is all the target practice out here. At least four neighbors do on weekends now. That’s a fairly recent thing. You didn’t hear gunfire from anything but hunters and at a distance before this year.


21 posted on 12/02/2012 8:20:49 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: blam

I live in a small town in rural WI, and had 3 Christmas packages stolen from my front step. (They were delivered about 5:30 P.M on Thursday according to UPS). We got home at 6:15 and they were gone. I keep checking local Craigslist to see if someone has the gall to sell them.....


22 posted on 12/02/2012 8:28:33 PM PST by Wisconsinlady ("Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves")
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To: onona
Cops do not equal protection.

"Protection" is about 6 bodyguards for about $600,000 a year... 24/7 protection ain't cheap. As taxpayers most of us do NOT want to provide citizens with bodyguards...

23 posted on 12/02/2012 8:29:38 PM PST by GOPJ (The economy is so bad MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen - Leno)
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To: blam

The owebamazombies are feeling pretty confident now that their man has cheated his way back into the white hut. They know that its open season on anybody who is stupid enough to work for a living and that getting caught will only be a minor incovenience.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.


24 posted on 12/02/2012 8:30:13 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: blam; onona

25 posted on 12/02/2012 8:30:49 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Yup, the thieves follow the trucks. If no one picks up the package right away (drivers won’t wait for you), they take it.


26 posted on 12/02/2012 8:31:50 PM PST by ozaukeemom (USA-it was nice while it lasted)
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To: blam

If you have guns at home protect them like they are gold. Don’t leave all your guns at home when you are out, if someone has broken in they have access to your home defense. Don’t let it be known that you have guns or anything else of value for that matter.Make your place uninviting to a burglar in any way you can. Know your neighbors


27 posted on 12/02/2012 8:32:00 PM PST by Figment
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To: Sarah Barracuda

And Bob Costas has an armed bodyguard I’m sure.


28 posted on 12/02/2012 8:32:46 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: blam

Liberals say we need high taxes for police, roads. But it’s a nationwide story city police forces are collapsing. Camden, NJ just eliminated its police and now the County taxpayers have to police the city.

Liberals are evil destructive bastards.


29 posted on 12/02/2012 8:33:26 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: onona
Cops do not equal protection.

Exactly. As the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. That is not just a cute saying, it is very, very true. Average code 3 (lights and sirens) response time in these parts is verified, tracked, and reported at 9 minutes. I don't know about you, but I can do a lot of damage in 9 minutes. I don't want myself nor my loved-ones at some thugs mercy for 9 minutes. I'd rather use those 9 minutes to get my story straight, calm my loved ones, and promise the wife that yes, we'll finally be replacing the carpet.

The police are there to protect society as a whole, not any one person. Literally, someone has to commit a crime before the police do anything. So you have to be a victim first. Then they'll swing into action, try to apprehend the suspect, hope the DA, judge, and jury work as advertised and lock the scumbag up. All that happens (maybe) after you and/or yours are victims. You don't like the idea of yourself or a loved-one being injured, raped, killed? Then it is 100% up to you to take steps to prevent it.

Get in shape, even marginally. In America people that exercise regularly have an advantage over those that don't, because most don't. Carry a weapon on you at all times. A knife, a gun, whatever you can legally carry. I know people that have carried illegal weapons at times figuring if something went down, at least they'd be alive to answer for it. Whatever your comfort level. Stay alert. Situational awareness is everything. Many thugs won't target someone who is alert. They don't want someone who is prepared to put up a fight. That visible alertness may save you from an attack, or at least give you a few seconds to prepare for it.

In short, be ready. That includes you lib lurkers. No amount of whining about unfairness, playing the race card, nor blaming someone else will save you either. Be ready.

30 posted on 12/02/2012 8:35:59 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: onona

When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.


31 posted on 12/02/2012 8:37:22 PM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: blam

Many (all?) California cities have cut their police forces by significant numbers. The feds made us release “non violent” offenders from State Prisons due to “overcrowding.” The results are entirely predictable...property crime (mainly daylight burglaries) are WAY up in our peaceful little town. I drove to South San Jose today to get some lumber and I’ve never seen such graffiti on freeway overpasses as I saw today. It was absolutely appalling.

Thank Goodness we are using our tax money to keep the illegals well fed, well clothed, well housed, well schooled, and provided with good health care, drivers licenses, etc.


32 posted on 12/02/2012 8:39:55 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Figment

I just put mine in the safe when I’m gone. Right next to many pounds of black and smokeless powder and primers.

If they decide to cut it open, the blast will be heard miles away.


33 posted on 12/02/2012 8:40:00 PM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: 21twelve
Another cop said “It’s open-season on criminals now.”

Music to my ears. About time we tried some old west justice to clean up these towns.

34 posted on 12/02/2012 8:41:36 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: blam

Animal welfare workers say 11 puppies were found dead and skinned near an eastern Pennsylvania park.


They turned out to be fox, not dogs.


35 posted on 12/02/2012 8:42:17 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: blam

Communist Obamanation File.


36 posted on 12/02/2012 8:42:33 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: blam
Thugs aren't afraid of cops or the criminal justice system, time they start getting afraid of us.
Hopefully with the increase in gun sales and some range time, that will begin to happen.
We desperately need a turning point on the crap going on right now.
38 posted on 12/02/2012 8:47:08 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: onona
Cops do not equal protection.

Cops bring the body bags and shoot your dog. Get a gun and protect yourself and your family. It's still legal.

For now.

39 posted on 12/02/2012 8:47:53 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: gotribe

SSS


40 posted on 12/02/2012 8:56:14 PM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: blam

Conservatives would do well to leave the liberal enclaves of major cities before SHTF. Let the unarmed libs get what they deserve for voting for decades because of white guilt and wanting to take the path of least resistance while appearing to be morally superior to everyone else.

Won’t help you when Holder’s people get their entitlements cut and decide your place is gonna be their place.


41 posted on 12/02/2012 9:09:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: blam
I refuse to be a victim. If a thug or group of thugs attempts to make one of me, I'll go down swinging and clawing and cussing.

I'm mad as hell and its about time the law-abiding folks in this country send a warning -- enter my home, threaten my family, accost me with evil intent, then you WILL get a cap busted on your sorry ass and you WILL regret messing with me.

42 posted on 12/02/2012 9:11:17 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: blam
While I don't underrate the crime problem, this is another California public employee union con-job. There are plenty of budgets that could be slashed to help take up the shortfall before police protection. Lush public employee retirements and benefits -- including those of police -- would be a good place to start.

This has become a disgusting method of blackmailing voters into approving tax increases. Budget short fall? First things cut are services essential to taxpayers, not the highly-paid boards, commissions, advisory councils etc. that politicians use to reward their friends and supporters.

43 posted on 12/02/2012 9:14:36 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Sarah Barracuda
I saw that and took Mister Costas of the non-creep list.

From Drudge, " Jovan Belcher was allegedly battling football-related head injuries and booze, painkiller..." issues, and Mister Costas blames the firearm.

The solution?

I would require weekly drug screening for all NFL players, coaches, and refs (and Costas).

.

44 posted on 12/02/2012 9:15:38 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

(Sorry for taking the thread in a different direction, btw.)


45 posted on 12/02/2012 9:17:01 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
If a thug or group of thugs attempts to make one of me, I'll go down swinging and clawing and cussing.

Exactly. If I'm killed with my own gun it'll be because my Ka-Bar was out of reach and I was beaten to death by one of their survivors with my empty Glock. But if I've got bullets and/or my Ka-Bar, I will do whatever it takes to win. Whatever it takes.

46 posted on 12/02/2012 9:17:28 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: blam; All

First...we need solid Right to Self Defense Laws (RSD) that are more protective for crime victims than Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine Laws

When I see what is happening to George Zimmerman here where I live....with the Black Ku Klux Klan basically lynching him because he had to cap a violent black person beating on him...I am now a little nervous to exercise self-defense. If you are white and cap a minority....the Racist Groups are coming after you

And, RSD Laws are really needed in majority non-white cities


47 posted on 12/02/2012 9:20:11 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Illegal Aliens do not pay Social Security...Employers do)
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To: blam
It appears we have arrived at the time we are not safe anywhere, unless we make it safe for ourselves.

As long as there is power, my small group of townhomes is behind a locked gate. Sure, someone could climb over the wall surrounding the place, but they won't be driving in and there are houses everywhere around that are easy pickings compared to this place.

I have security warnings that will alet me if someone has touched my window or door and the door can't be kicked open. Of course, I have fatal deterrents should my door be breached.

The thing is, in all my long life this has never happened and now we are rapidly collapsing economically and that sets up criminals to try to get what someone else has. I think we are past the time when it was coming as it is now here.

There is no guessing anymore as to when it would happen. Everyone should have a gun and know how to shoot it and stock water and food.

48 posted on 12/02/2012 9:28:31 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I agree. Here is a conundrum for gun-owners who are either military retirees or civilian employees on military bases: They can carry all day long... until they go on base.

Not sure why the price for entering a military base should be forfeiting one’s Second Amendment rights.

Even if the base is safe, what about the (unarmed) ride home?


49 posted on 12/02/2012 9:28:46 PM PST by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: blam
It appears we have arrived at the time we are not safe anywhere, unless we make it safe for ourselves.

As long as there is power, my small group of townhomes is behind a locked gate. Sure, someone could climb over the wall surrounding the place, but they won't be driving in and there are houses everywhere around that are easy pickings compared to this place.

I have security warnings that will alet me if someone has touched my window or door and the door can't be kicked open. Of course, I have fatal deterrents should my door be breached.

The thing is, in all my long life this has never happened and now we are rapidly collapsing economically and that sets up criminals to try to get what someone else has. I think we are past the time when it was coming as it is now here.

There is no guessing anymore as to when it would happen. Everyone should have a gun and know how to shoot it and stock water and food.

50 posted on 12/02/2012 9:29:43 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today.)
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