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Arm Thy Neighbor
Matthew Bracken ^ | March 27, 2010 | Matthew Bracken

Posted on 03/27/2010 9:58:15 AM PDT by Travis McGee

If you don’t presently own any firearms, you may have been considering taking that step in order to protect yourself and your family. Or perhaps you already have what you consider to be an adequate home armory, but is it really enough? In the event that our economy tanks, one certain outcome will be much higher levels of criminal violence. Read Fernando Aguirre’s excellent “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse,” based on his experiences in Argentina after 2001, to see what happens to civil society when a national currency collapses and the banks are closed. Today’s career criminals will be that much more desperate and willing to use violence against their victims. The feral youths who need little encouragement to bust heads for sport in times of relative plenty may be starving, and no moral consideration will keep them from sticking a gun in your face or a knife in your back.

At the same time, the federal government may define this surge of criminal violence as civil disorder and enact emergency decrees, especially if armed citizens begin to fight back on a wide scale. One need look no further than the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to see how officials react toward ordinary people with firearms during a period of civil disorder. A freeze on gun sales and/or ammunition is a predictable outcome during government-defined “emergencies.”

Most of the readers of this column probably don’t need to be convinced of the wisdom of owning and practicing with firearms. You may even believe that you already possess all of the guns you need, whether a .38 caliber revolver in your bedside table or a small battery of handguns, shotguns and rifles in your closet or gun safe. You may even own one or more of those liberally despised so-called assault rifles. In any of these cases you may think you don’t need to consider any more gun purchases.

There is, however, one reason to purchase at least a few more weapons: to arm thy neighbors. I can hear you saying, “What is Bracken talking about? If that foolish grasshopper of a neighbor didn’t bother about his security when guns were readily available, why should I worry about him now? Besides, he may even be an anti-gun liberal, so the hell with him!”

This reasoning is short-sighted on several levels. First, we have all heard the old saying that “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.” When violence explodes during an economic collapse, millions of new conservatives will be created from former left-wingers. And besides philosophically anti-gun liberals, many folks simply grow up in families where guns are not present and reach adulthood having never touched a firearm. But no matter why they don’t own firearms, when the ultra-violence breaks out your neighbors down the street will deserve a way to defend themselves from criminal predation. Simple charity, Christian or otherwise, suggests that we should not leave the elderly couple, the widow or the single mom with young children defenseless against evildoers bent on rape, robbery or murder.

When the incidence of home invasions, carjackings and “express kidnappings” skyrockets, some of your neighbors will discover a sudden interest in acquiring firearms, just when firearms may not be available through normal channels. These unarmed neighbors may then ask if you have any extra firearms to lend to them. Which one of your carefully considered collection of guns will you hand over to arm your defenseless neighbor? Your high-end “concealed carry” pistol, which fits your hand like a glove? Your wife’s? Your pump-action shotgun? Your AR-15 Sport Utility Rifle? The fact is, you will be loath to give away any of them, not even to a neighbor in need. You have acquired each of them for a carefully thought-out reason! But your neighbor is still defenseless.

That is why I encourage you to buy a few extra firearms in anticipation of this future need. I would suggest that a revolver is the simplest entry-level firearm to provide to a non-shooting neighbor. There are no magazines, safety catches or slides to learn to manipulate. You simply open the cylinder, insert the bullets, close the cylinder and the revolver is ready to go. A revolver has the shortest “learning curve” of any firearm. Anyone can learn basic gun safety and effective close-range self-defense with a revolver in one afternoon. In dire extremes you could hand a revolver to a non-shooter after a five-minute period of instruction and dry-firing. Revolvers are intuitive; you can even see if they are loaded or unloaded simply by looking at the cylinder.

Of course, a much greater level of firearms training is highly desirable if there is time for it. If possible, take your non-shooting neighbor to a gun range now, in advance of a period of “civil unrest.” Training a non-shooter in the safe operation of firearms also shows your own overall knowledge of security issues. This demonstrated firearms proficiency will stand you in good stead when your leadership skills and tactical knowledge may benefit your overall neighborhood security posture.

Beyond the simple morality of providing a means of self-defense against criminal violence, there is another reason to be prepared to arm thy neighbors: the force multiplying synergy of multiple fields of fire. Recall the old cowboy movies when the gang of black hats rode into a town where the citizens were forewarned and prepared. As an historical example, consider what happened to the vaunted James Gang on the Northfield Minnesota Raid when they lost the element of surprise. Only Frank and Jesse escaped unhurt. The rest of the armed gang were killed by the townsfolk or captured shortly after, badly wounded.

An armed and alert neighborhood is a very dangerous environment for criminals. In a time of rampant violence, with the ever-present threat of home invasions, more armed neighbors mean more angles of fire for the criminals to confront. Instead of focusing their evil intent on a single home, selecting one sheep in a helpless flock, they will be threatened by fire from many directions and their retreat may be cut off. This compounds their risk compared to attacking a neighborhood where most folks are unarmed and cringing in corners, praying to remain unmolested.

Of course, it is best if your neighbors have all received a high level of firearms training. Otherwise, the risk of a “friendly fire” accident while repelling an armed gang with shots from multiple directions is increased. And of course, you should not provide a firearm to a drunk, a druggie, or a mentally unstable neighbor for obvious reasons. But the danger of living in an unarmed neighborhood is even greater, because such an area is a magnet for repeated violent criminal attacks.

The best outcome would be to leverage your training of individuals in safe firearms usage into general neighborhood self-defense drills. Then if the “James Gang” rides in…they won’t necessarily ride out! Word will get around, and your neighborhood will achieve an aura of armed strength that deters future criminal incursions. Consider why tiny Switzerland has never been invaded by its much more powerful and often bellicose neighbors. It’s not because of the Alps. It’s because the Swiss have a strong tradition of armed self-defense at every level. Both invading armies and criminal gangs go around “hard targets” that are known to shoot back!

If nothing else, from a strictly selfish standpoint, the humble .38 revolver you lent to that widow might provide you with a critical early warning of imminent danger when she fires it in self-defense. Forewarned is forearmed, even if the warning is a rapid series of pistol shots heard from up the street at oh-dark-thirty. But in any case, I would rather hear the widow’s defiant shots than her helpless screams.

So, consider buying a few extra firearms and ammunition while you can easily and inexpensively do so. A used revolver in good working condition can be purchased for as little as $250, a used pump-action shotgun for not much more. And if you don’t know what an SKS rifle is or what they cost, find out. Then you will have the option of arming your neighbors in a time of extreme peril, without diminishing your own family armory.

TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Society
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To: wtc911

find someone with a pre ban ny friend tells me they are out there.

261 posted on 03/29/2010 12:32:30 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Montani Semper Liberi)
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To: wtc911

if Im limited to ten roounds then Id rather it was a 308 saiga.

262 posted on 03/29/2010 12:33:48 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Montani Semper Liberi)
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To: Armedanddangerous
if Im limited to ten roounds then Id rather it was a 308 saiga.


There is something to what you say. As for a 'pre-ban' thirty for the saiga, they don't exist since the saiga was introduced after the AWB laws. That's why they created it to begin with. Now, that said, there are after-market 30 rd mags available but I would never think of circumventing the laws of NYS by driving to PA to pick a few up.

263 posted on 03/29/2010 12:40:53 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Travis McGee

It shows up in your writing, maybe that’s why I enjoy reading your creations so does my wife.

264 posted on 03/29/2010 12:41:58 PM PDT by blackie
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To: Red in Blue PA
You are refuting my post without posting any actual reasons as to why I am in error. My guess is you cannot.

(sigh) It is clear that you still haven't read the original article. As I patiently explained to you in my post #238, posters like you who are too ignorant, obstinate, or illiterate to read the article before publicly posting their disagreement with it only serve to embarrass themselves. There simply wasn't anything to refute in the grunting opinion you spat out in your blind arrogance. As I referenced, the author made several excellent points as to why we should all consider arming our neighbors in the event of crisis (from force multiplication to simple Christian charity). My comment was simply some friendly advice that you might make less of a fool of yourself in the future if you merely took the time to actually read and argument BEFORE disagreeing with it. Given your rude persistence, I now suspect that your underlying opposition to sharing firearms in a time of crisis is because you simply don't have any neighbors left who will have anything to do with you regardless of the emergency. I pity you and your neighbors even without a crisis!

265 posted on 03/29/2010 1:14:23 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: blackie

That makes me happy, hearing that.

266 posted on 03/29/2010 1:42:18 PM PDT by Travis McGee (
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To: Travis McGee


267 posted on 03/29/2010 1:51:36 PM PDT by freemike (John Adams-Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker)
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To: wastedyears

Just what you see on display, pal.

268 posted on 03/29/2010 5:47:58 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: wtc911

In fact,if I bought any sort of saiga it would be a 308 or a shotgun.

Reason being, I already have fun guns with larger cap magazines..I just think a 308 saiga would be an excellent poor man’s survival rifle.

269 posted on 03/29/2010 7:14:38 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Montani Semper Liberi)
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To: Armedanddangerous

I live in the burbs, I don’t think I’ll ever need more than 200-300 yds field of fire in any direction. A saiga .223, a Ruger PC9, a couple of 12 ga. pumps and a pair of Ruger hi-cap nines plus assorted .38s should do it.

270 posted on 03/29/2010 7:21:46 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Travis McGee
If you don’t buy extra guns now, you won’t have the option of arming selected neighbors later.

Well I agree that you can't have too many firearms or too much ammunition. Preferably very reliable ones. What I disagree with is trusting my neighbors. I don't know any of them well enough to hand over any firearms to them, but I know several well enough to know that I'd NEVER want to be the one to arm them.

271 posted on 03/30/2010 3:42:32 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga

no fooling...I was surrounded on all sides by people I met professionally....

272 posted on 03/30/2010 3:57:44 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: from occupied ga

Things change, and the situation might look different after a few home invasions etc. It’s about having the option.

273 posted on 03/30/2010 4:59:12 AM PDT by Travis McGee (
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To: Lurker
Couple that with the other stuff we've been putting back (radios, binoculars, NVG, etc)...

What kind of answers did you come up with for radios and NVGs?

Those are my big holes right now.

274 posted on 03/30/2010 9:39:35 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: papertyger
For radios we've got two options.

One is those little Motorola FMRS jobs. They work pretty well. I know they're not 'secure' by any means but they're better than nothing.

Our second option is Marine band portables. I know, I know FCC regs and all that. But I figure if we use the International freqs and keep transmissions short and low power we should be ok for a while.

Since we're landlocked the possibility of the CG or FCC getting all bent out of shape are pretty low. Not zero, but pretty low.

For NVG's I picked up a couple of the Bushnell units. They aren't military grade but they weren't 2 grand a copy.

All of the above are filed under "Better Than Nothing" in my mind.


275 posted on 03/30/2010 10:05:56 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Travis McGee

I can only speak the truth!

276 posted on 03/30/2010 12:56:17 PM PDT by blackie
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To: Lurker

Thats a good idea to have. I shelled out for a Gen III Pinnacle NEPVS-14, but if that breaks I am S-O-L. I really should lay back a couple lower cost units.

277 posted on 03/30/2010 1:05:14 PM PDT by ex 98C MI Dude (Alea Iacta Est)
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To: ex 98C MI Dude
I shelled out for a Gen III Pinnacle NEPVS-14

Nice piece of gear that one. No way I could swing that.

The Bushnells I got retail for a bit under $300 I think. The beauty of my acquisition is that they didn't cost me a dime. I 'paid' for them with Reward Points from one of our Tech Partners.

Sweet deal, that.

278 posted on 03/30/2010 1:08:32 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Travis McGee

If the bandits kill the husbands, what makes you think they’ll bother to leave the widows or even the kids alive?

I live in the “boonies”-which means most-if not all-my neighbors are already quite well armed. At least the ones that matter.

As for the “converts”-well, tough! They brought it ALL on themselves is exactly how I see it and nobody will ever change my mind. All they’ll get from me is “deal with it the best you can.”

279 posted on 03/30/2010 1:59:24 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: Travis McGee

Hi-Point pistols and carbines come in a variety of calibers, are inexpensive and have a lifetime, tranferable warranty. Plus, they're made in the USA!

280 posted on 03/30/2010 2:47:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am the Sumo Ninja! Fear me or feed me. Hey, come back here!)
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