Gun Control? No, Thanks

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Talking about weapons is popular in prepper and survivalist community and it is perfectly logical because it is really important too.

But outside the community there are discussions about if it is it OK to have (or use) weapons, so if you are standing up for your right to own weapons and defend yourself you often are seen as person who likes violence or is bad person in general.

I still remember the moment when I had my own personal revelation about weapons and owning weapons, and I will remember that moment until I die.

I found myself on the street, and at the end of the street, half kilometer from me three guys in olive colored uniforms were beating two other guys, and then one of the guys in uniform simply raised his rifle and shoot one of the guys they were just beating.

They continued to kick other guy, then two uniformed guys took the beaten guy by the hands in order to make him hold still, and other guy shoot him in the head.

Now distance was too far, but I am still quite positive they shoot him in the head, because I saw how his head exploded, splashing back to the wall, and I think two guys held him by hands in order to give opportunity to the third guy to shoot in head without mistakes.

I stand still watching all that, and then my reflexes probably automatically jumped in and I panicked and started to run. Guys saw me and fired couple of shots at me, but I continued to run.

I remember that during this time when I was running I was looking automatically around myself for something to defend myself if they catch me, something…., stick, rock, whatever. All kind of rubble was around me but I simply continued to run with one thought that was like echoing in my head „F#@k! If they catch me, I can only pull my belt from my pants and try to beat them with that. F#$@k!“ I keep running for maybe next 10 minutes, through destroyed buildings, I even kicked some guy who suddenly stand in front of me out of nowhere, he was probably scared just like me.

I survived that. Those three guys most probably did not follow me at all, but adrenaline pumping through my body simply did not let me to stop until I came home and was at safety more or less. And there, at my home, I had only one thought loud and clear in my head : „I need weapon“

I saw violence before that, but that event somehow showed me that weapons are good, weapons are necessary, weapons save lives and take lives but it depends on the person who uses it.

I had some kind of opinion about weapons before that event, just like most of the guys, weapons kill people, violence is bad, there are good guys with weapons like police or similar and there are bad guys with weapon like criminals, and there are some kind of control between them (leverage) and there are whole bunch of other common folks who trust in that leverage and control.

Yeah there are common folks with weapons too, but they still have faith in that balance, and weapons for these guys is nothing more than a hobby, or some kind of internal thing that they feel strong with having a weapon around.

But after that event, everything changed. From that moment all words like law, police, criminals, system and everything else disappeared for me. After this event, and this sounds stupid, but I fell in love with weapons. In the months that followed weapons were some of most important tools for survival. It became very natural to handle weapons and to have it all the time with me.

I mean all the time. Now you may say that during the war it is natural to have weapon, and it is nothing big, and that wars happen somewhere in land where savages lives, and that you have system there where you live, and there are good guys with weapons and bad guys with weapons, and you are in the middle, and all that you need is to obey and then system is going to protect you, and you do not need to have weapon if you trust in system.

I agree with that, this is how I was thinking before this one event as well. Maybe the two guys who got killed also thought like this. It was early on, just few days after war came to our city. I learned my lessons and you can learn more about my experience as well by reading this blog or joining my survival course.

Death is ugly, killing is bad but it is very natural thing for people when they fight for survival and resources. I think problem of people who are against weapons is that they do not want to accept facts of what can happen to them and then they are the ones who run away and have only a belt to fight with when they face bad people.

What are your thoughts on owning weapons and gun control? Share in comments below or in forum.

45 responses to “Gun Control? No, Thanks”

  1. j.r. guerra in south tx. says:

    I agree – if you cannot protect yourself from others who mean to take from you (or your family), all the food or gold in the world is not going to help you. Learn to safely and accurately use your firearms, from trained person to learn GOOD habits from the start will only help.

    Which gun is right for you – only you can answer that.

  2. Breathial says:

    Agreed. I have enough weapons for myself and family, and some extras for those I trust, who may lack the means to protect their families, when time comes. As to the weapons, 9mm pistols, reliable and accurate but not overly expensive. Good defensive weapons, that can be relied upon.

    Selco, if (more likely WHEN) my neighbors have that revelatory moment you had, I’ll be helping out where I can.

    A man must have the ability to provide for his family, and the weapons to protect them. No way around it.

  3. Robert says:

    Very true about getting good training. I “plinked” for years before finally getting some formal training. Not combat training or anything. Just how to safely handle the firearm, learn some new muscle memory, and learn to hit the target more effectively. There are some decent training academy’s around the country with some very affordable deals. Then it’s just about maintaining those skill sets.

  4. Ryan says:

    Those who prep without guns to defend themselves are really only prepping for those with the guns who can take it from them.

  5. pdwalker says:


    A shame you had to learn it the hard way.

    A blessing that you lived to learn the lesson.

  6. Yorel says:

    1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. “

  7. Misneac says:

    Telling the folks who read this blog that they ought to own a gun is like telling a monkey to buy bananas; of course they want to, but a lot don’t have the know how. I’m not gonna say that there’s a perfect weapon that everyone should own that accomplishes everything you need it to in all situations. I will give a couple of things to consider when buying a gun though: any gun is better than no gun, buy quality since you’ll be using this item to SET OFF EXPLOSIONS NEAR YOUR FACE, and lastly if it says “Tactical” anywhere in the advertising or manual stop and reconsider. “Tactical” is a very much overused buzzword that adds about $50 to the price of any weapon it’s applied to. It should mean “appropriate to the situation”. If it’s not appropriate to YOUR situation it’s not tactical no matter who makes it. Consider your own situation carefully and buy only what you need. If you do this it won’t really matter if you screw up a bit. You’ll have a weapon that’s adequate for your needs, and if those needs change you can always sell it and buy a different weapon. Quality firearms hold their value fairly well. Also, remember that Perfect is the enemy of Good Enough. It’s okay to screw up. You’re new at this and won’t always be 100% right. But if you invest thought instead of just money you’ll be right enough that you’ll have a workable solution.
    Last thing here; I don’t like making recommendations on what’s right for people but I will say that if I myself could only pick one gun, and I was going to have to bury it in the garden in a pickle jar of 40wt so that it would be secure until I needed it, I would pick a Ruger Blackhawk .357(.38)/9mm with a 6.5 inch barrel. This gun is durable, powerful, accurate, has no plastic parts, shoots 3 different kinds of common ammo, is relatively “non-threatening” (people mentally discount old designs as less dangerous), and is usable by anyone with an IQ over 72 who’s ever seen a John Wayne movie. It may not be a jet powered, rapid fire, gold plated sparkle shooter by Red Jacket, but with careful aim and the right load it can kill out to 100yds for meat hunting. If it turns out you actually do need a high powered rifle… Well it can kill from 2 yards too, and it gets dark every night. Read up on the Liberator pistol from WWII, it’s a good object lesson.

  8. gabriel says:

    When law and order prevails disappear and only the law of the strongest, at that time the weapons are your best friends.

  9. Misneac says:

    Gabriel, weapons are never your friend, EVER. They are designed to kill, and those who own them increase their own odds of dying by that same weapon. This is true, and not an opinion. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own them. It means you need to know what you’re doing. YOUR MIND is your best friend, not your weapon. You can use your brain without using your weapon, but you should never use your weapon without using your brain.

    • Mike says:

      Well, too bad for you. My weapons are my friends. They have never EVER killed anybody and they have never EVER tried to harm me. In the dab times you need all kinds of friends, especially these who care ready to kill for you. Yes, you need to think, but often power against power works much better than mind without power against power. If you do not see this, you might need additional training for your mind.

  10. Red says:

    I am a proud gun owner. Always believed that a weapon should be an extension of who you are. I find it ridiculous that people will spend so much money on things like cell phones that last 2 yrs, become slaves to monthly payments. They take it everywhere like it’s a necessity. Yet those same people complain guns and knives are expensive. Which of the two would save your life if you had to depend on it? Even Jesus in the Bible told his disciples, “he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” (Luke 22:36)

    This may be off topic, but for some reason the article made me remember when I was younger learning martial arts (Karate Kenpo). It’s roots came from the people of Okinawa, Japan, who were farmers and had developed a way to defend themselves using simple farming tools and hand-to-hand combat. The dynasty during the 1400s had banned weapons in their society and they had to find a way to overcome the injustice of their time. Later as I became an adult I realized that no matter how good someone was at fighting (karate, boxing), the person with a firearm could still overtake them. That’s why gun control does not work, at least not in our favor.

  11. bob57 says:

    For my friends who do not yet own weapons, I ask them if they have a fire extinguisher in their homes. When they reply, ‘yes, of course’, I reply, ‘why is it necessary when the fire department has that responsibility?’. Every member of my extended family is armed, even my aged mother, who is a wicked pistol shot.

  12. Hillbilly says:

    Gun control is just a way of controlling the population, always has been. I don’t feel like being controlled today. As far as what gun is best? Learn to operate them all, master your rifle and then your pistol. Do this and it’s really not too hard to learn the others. I’m a .45acp and a 5.56 guy, that doesn’t mean that I’m not proficient with my 1860 colt.

  13. Dave says:

    I suspect the only people in the USA these days who are still saying, “private citizens do NOT need guns especially military grade assault weapons” are the USEFUL IDIOTS the left uses to further their agenda, complete enslavement of
    all. It is coming to the point where ALL lawful citizens NEED to have a firearm on hand at all time.
    And for those of you who think people are too dumb to learn to use a firearm, hell even a monkey can learn to use a gun.

  14. Sean says:

    Mike Vandeboegh said it best: If you try to take our guns, we will kill you. And to the pal who said guns are not your friends, get a life. Whatever friends I want to make, I will. I don’t need anyones’ permission, or advice. I’ve been using and carrying guns most of my life, and I think of them as more like companions. Gun control? I you try to take my guns………………

  15. HABCAN says:

    An armed society is a polite society. All previous commenters have the right of it. Remember, you guys, when the SHTF, our Kanuckistan will be the ‘Laos’ to your ‘Vietnam’. There are thousands of us who support you.

  16. Misneac says:

    Actually read my posts. I own upwards of a dozen firearms, and support anyone and everyone’s right to do so. What I was trying to make clear to Gabriel is not to rely on your gun. Your mind should be your most powerful weapon in 99.44 percent of all situations. A gun is a tool, and may or may not be useful in a given situation. If it’s the best tool for the job then use it; if not find a better solution. What I think any responsible gun owner, and you particularly, should remember is to use your brain first and then use your gun if it’s called for. How you feel about your “companions” is not relevant to whether or not you should shoot someone.

  17. JohnMc says:

    The question I always ask is — “Do you have the will to kill another human being?” Now that sounds like a simple answer but it is never straight forward. Shooting a target is one thing, shooting a person is quite another and till that person shoots back many will hesitate at their own risk.

    Well can you?

    • Selco says:

      It is a good question John, not all folks are ready to do that, some will hesitate, others simply can not do, but on the other way lot of things change when bullets start to fly, so everyone gonna know answer probably.

  18. john says:

    I am angered by the words “gun control”.

    I am angered because these words are used by LIARS and LIARS anger me.

    Those who most support and advocate “gun control” are liars because they do not really want “gun control”. What they really want is the complete abolishment of all firearms because they themselves fear and hate the firearm itself. They say “gun control” but what they are really thinking and feeling deep inside their mind is a step by step gradual process of a complete ban and abolishment of all firearms. They fear and hate the firearm itself because a firearm gives the individual power over his own life and his own destiny. That is the LIE these LIARS are telling us and I hate the LIARS.

  19. SonOfSam says:

    yes, but not for the reason you might think. I’m not tough or macho, I’m not Walker Texas Ranger or Rambo or a big powerful bodybuilder type. I’m just a guy. So when it comes to a situation where my life or the lives of my wife or children are at stake, what I am is afraid. Afraid that my death will lead to the death/torture/the unspeakable being committed against my wife and children. Unless I DO something.

    Don’t ever make me choose between being Mr. Nice Guy and protecting my loved ones

  20. Jack Parker says:

    As Earnest Hemingway said quite succinctly, “The mind is the weapon. All else is supplemental.”

  21. Jack Parker says:

    That’s why you get ugly early.

  22. Misneacm says:

    Have you ever seen “Back To The Future”? There’s a scene where Butch is twisting McFly’s arm and McFly finally snaps and knocks him the frog out. I mention it because we all have a breaking point, and even the least of us can be moved to violence with the right (or wrong) stimulus. Since it was a movie it all came out happy, but it’s not a viable strategy to count on your fight or flight response to kick in. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not picking on you or anyone. You’re obviously a decent guy and good husband/father/family man. I totally agree that Rambo is also not a viable role model. What I would say is give some thought to situations where you might have to shoot someone and figure out how to avoid those situations, because if you’re in a situation where you NEED to shoot someone to keep your family safe you probably need a new plan. That said, also make peace with the fact that you may need to kill someone; to take away everything they have, and everything they’re ever gonna have. Don’t be that guy with the “molon labe” bumper stickers who says stuff like “I’d love to see them try to take my (guns, wallet, car, whatever)”. Killing anything, whether it’s a chicken, a puppy, a horse, a human or whatever, should never be something you do unthinkingly or something you’re forced to do because you planned poorly. If you’re gonna do it, then do it right because it needs to be done, and it’s the best answer for the situation. But don’t be casual about it, and don’t think it’ll be easy to do “when the time comes”. I don’t know who all hunts in here, but I grew up in the country and hunted my whole life. If anybody here remembers killing their first deer they’ll probably get what I mean.

  23. Misneac says:

    Jack, that’s an awesome quote. As far as Get Ugly Early goes I’m 100% Shockandawe Tribe. Don’t do it if you don’t have to, but if you have to do it, don’t half ass it.

  24. OldBlackWater says:

    This is a great reminder that based on history of the 20th century, YOU are 100’s of times more likely to be killed by your own Government than you are by some random bad guy with a gun.

    This is exactly why the USA’s founding fathers felt so strongly about the inalienable right to bear Arms.


  25. Dave says:

    I think I get what you mean. You sound like a guy who has seen his share of death and killing whether it be two or four legged animals. In my time I have often observed that the ones who beat the war drum the loudest are the ones who have never been shot at or seen their friends killed and who will often be the least effective in a real fight.The bravado before is likely to mask the fear they have for the anticipated fight. What you say is true about using rational thinking and reason to respond to a threat. A man who can keep his wits halfway intact has the best chance of survival during any fight, guns or no guns. Most of us lose about 10 IQ points for every bullet that whizzes by. The ability to think clearly in a firefight is a rare quality to find in any man and often marks difference between a true leader and a future deserter.. Names like Chesty Puller and George Patton come to mind. Having seen men exhibit this when most others are trying to become one with the ground is inspiring. I believe this alludes to the point you are making. If not, my humble apologies.

  26. Misneac says:

    Dave you’re pretty close. I’m not a huge Patton fan, Chesty is okay with me, but my favorite has got to be Sgt. York. ONE GUY, with a bolt action rifle and a 1911 (a pvt. not long before it happened) managed to keep his s**t together while taking fire from 30+ entrenched machine guns, lead 7 other men to within pistol shot and inflict such casualties that they were able to capture more than 125 prisoners. Granted (luck, God, Buddha, Flying Spaghetti Monster) was involved, but from what I’ve read he pretty much just picked his spots and kept plugging away. After he shot the six guys that personally targeted him the German CO (probably a little soft hearted and easily rattled, IMHO) found his losses to be unsustainable and offered to surrender. York definitely hit yahtzee when he rolled the dice that day, but he had enough sense to see it and enough presence of mind to exploit it when it happened. I’d say that’s what I aspire to, but that’s pretty rarefied company so I’ll just say that I can think of no better example of keeping your head head when those around you are losing theirs.

  27. RegT says:

    My first wife’s karate instructor was fond of telling his classes,
    “Gun-fu beats kung-fu. This is just for when you have an ’empty hand’.”

  28. GrandDaddy says:

    I have considered personal armaments an essential part of getting dressed since I was 7 years old. Short, fat, and funny looking, I was a natural target for the classroom bullies, and a few playground muggings made me a believer. Coming from Chicago, weaponry was a tricky business, but before ccw, it was obvious not many obeyed the law. If there is anybody left in lala land that still recoils from the notion that an unarmed man is a slave, they are irredeemable, and their prognosis is negative. Boohoo. It’s not like the whole world wasn’t expecting the end of the world for the last 50 years or so. Sheeple can visualize peace and think happy thoughts and project loving energy when the SHTF, and after a few bullets whiz by, maybe they could load some mags for us.

  29. Jeff says:

    Regarding firearms, you are stating opinion. And there is a line from the movie LOTR, The Two Towers, you might want to meditate upon: “those without swords (or in our times without guns) can still die upon them”. Being without a firearm is NOT going to stop bad people from doing bad things.

  30. Misneac says:

    At the risk of sounding like a literal ass I’ll reiterate a very important point… Firearms are inanimate objects, just like a hammer is an inanimate object. How you use them defines them, making them either a tool, or a weapon. Having hit my thumb once or twice I know that no matter how I think of it, my hammer doesn’t regard me as a friend. In fact it doesn’t regard me AT ALL. It’s a piece of metal shaped to do a specific job, just like my .357. If I went round saying my hammer was my friend and it would kill for me, they’d put me away. Just because you spend a lot of time with a thing doesn’t make it your friend, doesn’t make it less dangerous, and doesn’t excuse you from using your brain. The following story was handed down by the elders of the Shockandawe Tribe… Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, “Why have you done this to me?” And the snake answered, “Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake.”

  31. Dave says:

    All anyone needs to know about guns can be learned from Gunny Hartman, the best DI in the world.
    “The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle. It is your killer instinct which must be harnessed if you expect to survive in combat. Your rifle is only a tool. It is a hard heart that kills. If your killer instincts are not clean and strong, you will hesitate at the moment of truth. You will not kill. You will become dead Marines. And then you will be in a world of shit. Because Marines are not allowed to die without permission! Do you maggots understand?

    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Tonight, you pukes will sleep with your rifles. You will give your rifle a girl’s name, because this is the only pussy you people are going to get. Your days of finger-banging ol’ Mary-Jane Rottencrotch through her pretty pink panties are over! You’re married to this piece. This weapon of iron and wood. And you will be faithful. Port, hut!
    [Recruits grab their rifles]
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Prepare to mount!
    [Recruits step back towards their bunks]
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Mount!
    [Recruits quickly hop onto their bunks]
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Port, hut!
    [Recruits grab their rifles and hold them up]
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Pray!
    Recruits: [chanting] This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen.
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Order, hut!
    [Recruits lay their rifles at their sides]
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: At ease! Good night, ladies. “

  32. timgray says:

    Sorry but that is 100% opinion, and an uninformed one at that. Please please go get some real education on firearms, not just pamphlets from anti gun organizations.

  33. timgray says:

    It seems my comment got posted to the general discussion and not to who I was replying to… Please look for the post that was claiming that guns increase your chances of dying.

  34. Dave says:

    Timgray, Couldn’t find that post but it sounds like the post is worse than uninformed opinion. Anyone today advocating the position that guns cost lives is more than an idiot. All a person has to do is look at the national FBI crime statistics. Any place where local governments have enacted concealed carry and relaxed restrictions on gun ownership by law-abiding citizens has seen an immediate and persistent drop in violent crime and homicide. No federal government government or media organizations have looked into this phenomena because they are the ones who want to take guns away from private citizens. However several private groups do track and evaluate this. All an intelligent persons has to do is look around for the facts. The reality is exactly the opposite, guns save lives.

  35. Red says:

    Great quote. I love those movies.

  36. claymor says:

    To any logical person it’s a no brainer. The only way to defend yourself against someone with a gun, is to have one yourself and know how to use it.
    It goes back to the old adage. “Gun control is not about guns, it’s about control.”
    If you don’t believe in owning a gun that’s your right, but don’t push your anti-gun views onto me.

  37. Dave says:

    The main point being made is that it ain’t all about using a gun to protect yourself. War is a thinking man’s game and there are other tools that can be used. This is a big part of the job for SF ODA teams and these principles work. General Sun Tzu first advocated the idea “The most successful fight is the battle you do not have to fight.” Here is a simple explanation;

  38. Leonard says:

    Be careful with that 9mm in that Ruger revolver. Only one certain convertible model with a second cylinder can shoot the 9mm. That particular model sells for about $700. You can check these out here:

    Ruger does build a great revoler both single action like the Blackhawk, and double action called SP 101–they sell for a little less, also accept either .357 magnum and .38 special.

  39. go says:

    I am a firearm owner, and will fight to the death before you take them away from me. That being said, it is really hard to read this article when it appears to have been written by a second grader. The spelling and grammar are atrocious, and if you write like you’re uneducated, I am not going to waste my time trying to decipher your opinions.

    • Junior says:

      Please read the rest of this man’s site and you’ll understand that this is man was a civilian during a SHTF experience you’ll pray we as Americans never experience. English is his second language. I hope you don’t have to prove your theory if SHTF here. The American powers-that-be wont come to your door for your guns. They’ll take your job, your wife and children and ruin your credit and probably make you wish you were dead long before they come door to door for your guns. If it comes to serious resistance, they’ll just drop a bomb on your house.

    • Kells says:

      Hey “go”– GO away. Selco is awesome and gives the best practical advice out there. We respect someone with direct experience re: SHTF topics, and appreciate all his help.

    • Red says:

      The article and this entire site is maintained and written by Selco. English is not his first language. Give him some credit. He is writing in English to help us who live on the Western side of the world and if you’ve ever spoken to anyone from Eastern Europe you understand that most of the people there know sometimes 3-4 languages, but they don’t speak them all perfectly.

  40. Selco says:

    Thanks Go!
    Just do not waste your time here anymore, please.

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