Well, we just passed over the Local Holiday Formerly Known as Patriot's Day, the day that commemorates the battle, the "shot heard 'round the world", the birth of liberty as we know it.
These days those "dead white men" are probably considered evil, because they were after all using GUNS, evil tools of sedition against those loving British peacekeepers. In fact, if you count the Hessian mercenaries, the British force was a "multinational peacekeeping force". If only the British had disarmed those seditious bastards.... oh wait, thats what this was all about. The British heard that the Patriots were stockpiling weapons. Not just any weapons, Brown Bess pattern muskets, or in the modern nomenclature, "assault weapons". Yes, these were civilian versions of military weapons, stockpiled in Lexington in case of a repressive government. Our ancient brethren long ago established that stockpile to keep themselves free.
This is a longwinded way to ask a simple question: where is your Brown Bess? Where is your "assault rifle"? If it was good enough for our forefathers to keep a weapon handy for the defense of hearth and home, and to keep yourself fed if need be, why not you. I assume that most of the folks reading this blog are better armed than the average third world army, but if not, I ask you, why not?
Should we not be able to defend ourselves? As I sit here I have a 3 foot stick handy, useful for any number of things, but a very good defensive tool. However, what if we see what happened in New Orleans (and to no fault of the federal government, more on that later) that stick which is a great tool to defend my living room might not be effective to keep off a band of 30 guys trying to storm my house and take my resources. So perhaps I need a firearm?
My first choice for those who do not have a firearm (and why don't you) would be a cheap very controllable and easy to learn .38 or .357 revolver. Failing that, I'd go with a 9mm handgun. Both have cheap ammo and are easy to learn to shoot well. Once you have a home defense, last ditch gun, go out and buy two more guns, a .22 rifle and a .22 handgun. I recommend the Ruger 10/22 or Marlin Model 60 for the rifle, and by far the Ruger series of .22 autos for the handgun. A serious caliber rifle is the next to buy, I recommend the M-4 or AR-15 series, a common design in wide acceptance in the U.S. and very effective for what they do. Once you get these guns, train and practice like crazy. Train, train, train. Learn to work your weapon so well that you can not possibly fail. Our ancient brethren had this competence in their tools and their weapons, and look what happened.
Shoot straight and speak the truth boys.