Buying a gun in an emergency

From Outdoor Life Blogs we have this report:

“I just left a sporting goods store and you would think that the number-one selling item would be plywood or potable water or gasoline right now,” he said. “Apparently it is AR-15s and .223 ammo. I watched at least 20 people buy AR-15s and cases of .223.”

As Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast people who remember the hell that was the aftermath of Katrina are thinking they should get ready for a repeat. The problem is, now is not the time to go out and buy a gun.

During the Los Angeles riots, as non-gun owning as the gun stores were being forced to close and there was a 15 day wait to pick up a gun one had bought anyway, residents realized that that they were defenseless.  More than a few called their gun-owning friends in search of a firearm they could “borrow.” Even Charlton Heston was asked by some of his anti-gun Hollywood colleagues for the loan of a firearm or two as parts of Los Angeles burned to the ground. A request he politely declined, though he did offer the safety of his home.

The reason is these people had no training in the use of these firearms.  Amidst the chaos there was no time for training or practice. Giving an untrained person a firearm would be the equivalent of giving a 12 year old an F1 car and entering him in the Indy 500.

Folks, the time to buy a fire extinguisher is not when you have a fire.  Nor is the time to buy a gun when the danger is on your doorstep.  As with the fire extinguisher you need to buy it when you don’t need it. Unlike the fire extinguisher you will need competent training and lots of practice to remain proficient in its use.

So I urge you if you think you may ever need a firearm the time to get one is now.  Then get training and practice, practice, practice.

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