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The Tsunami Dynamic – Knowledge Part 4

April 6th, 2011

First Aid and CPR

You know you should know CPR and first aid already but the Tsunami Dynamic gives you another reason. It is extremely likely that you or someone else you come across will be injured in an emergency.

A great place to start in getting this training is the Red Cross. In addition to this I recommend taking a wilderness first aid course. Stores like REI often host classes like this. If the classes are free go for it but the good classes will cost about $150. Budget extra because you will learn what gear you need and that is the time to get it.

This is not simply a step to take in preparing for a natural disaster. A class like this is an investment in yourself and your family.

Self Defense

Everyone should know a smattering of empty handed combat. Just like you don’t need to be Ray Mears to start a fire, you don’t need to be Bruce Lee to be prepared to defend yourself. For unarmed combat that is quick and dirty I suggest Krav Maga and Systema. Like any skill set you can devote your life to it but what you need is some basics so if you find yourself in a physical conflict you will have some idea about what to do. If you are a female I highly recommend taking a women’s self defense class. Many law enforcement agencies offer them for free. My wife went to Women’s Strength and thought it was a very good investment of her time. When it is free like that you have no excuse.

Weapons. The function of a weapon is to offset differences in physical strength. You should have one. Knives are sometimes better than nothing but to use one you MUST make contact with your enemy. This is where guns are superior. Having a gun guarantees you nothing. You may not be able to deploy a gun before a threat is upon you. But a gun gives you options. Thousands of people use a gun every day to fend off would be attackers and don’t have to shoot anyone. Don’t let this deceive you into thinking that you can just wave a gun at a threat to scare it off. If you draw a firearm you had better be willing to use it.

If you are willing to use a gun then you better know how. You must get training to know how to use a gun to defend yourself. This has nothing to do with plinking or putting holes in paper targets. “Ben, this is way beyond the ‘very reasonable financial outlay’ that you led off with in your introduction.” True. Owning a firearm and getting the training you need is a commitment. However, it is not a huge commitment. Places like PFI can get you squared away on how to effectively use your weapon and there are a lot of good, reliable, and affordable guns to choose from.

I am suggesting that carrying a firearm should be a normal part of your daily life. If it is, then your firearm simply augments your preparations. However, if you are not one who carries on a daily basis then you need to add it to your preps. This would make a firearm a more advanced addition to your “Go Bag.”

The Gunshow Loophole

Apparently the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, spent $100,000 of the city’s money to send “investigators” to Arizona to purchase guns at a gunshow. I have been told that this was actually illegal since the investigators, with no authority beyond that of any other citizen in Arizona, went out of state to purchase guns. This may or may not be true but here is the upshot. No law was broken and there is no “gunshow loophole.”

A federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) receives his license through the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and they have VERY strict rules that the BATFE is VERY strict about. The BATFE sent a man to prison for loaning, unbeknown to him, an intermittently malfunctioning rifle to a friend (the gun had a slam fire, a sort of malfunction that causes the gun to fire until it is out of ammunition). The loaning of the rifle was considered a transfer and the rifle was considered a machine gun. They had to find ammunition with soft primers to duplicate the malfunction. I believe the man is still in prison. All that to say, if the BATFE gives you rules you follow them, period. And people do. The FFL must comply with all regulations regardless of venue. In the store, at the gunshow, it doesn’t matter.

Now, the purchases made by mayor Bloomberg’s “investigators” were not subject to a background check because it was one private citizen selling his legally owned possessions to another citizen. This is the supposed “loophole.” Since people go to gunshows to buy or sell guns the idea is that a felon could buy from a citizen there since a private citizen is not required to do any special checks to sell his own property. I have read some pretty remarkable claims about how many criminals are getting their guns from gunshows but I haven’t seen anyone citing where these numbers are coming from. However this is NOT a loophole. The claim is that a felon can legally purchase a firearm at a gunshow but that simply is factually incorrect. It is illegal for firearms to be transfered to prohibited persons. And that isn’t some little city ordinance that your violating if you do. It’s Federal.

So we can have the discussion about what the second amendment actually means and what is best for our country with respect to firearms and how we regulate them but the discussion is meaningless when the “facts” discussed are at best misrepresentations of the truth.

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