ReadyNutrition Readers, the purpose of this article is to list the many reasons why it is important to own a firearm. It is a choice that certainly is your right to exercise or not to exercise: to have a firearm in your home. This piece is not to present a moral basis for ownership, but rather the practical reasons it is important to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights. The moral questions are best answered in the privacy of your own home according to the way your family lives and worships.
Your Right To Defend Yourself
That being said, the primary reason for ownership of a firearm is defense. This used to be a requirement during the days of the American Revolution and upon the founding of the United States. If you do your research, most of the State Constitutions for states that are “border states,” meaning upon the outer edges of the United States…these states had provisions that either required or requested the citizens residing in them to own a firearm. Why? Because the U.S. citizen is the cornerstone of the phrase “common defense” in the preamble of the Constitution.
The United States is a nation formed by citizen-soldiers who knew their first responsibility to the nation involved taking up arms on its behalf…for the good of all. That hasn’t changed.
The bottom line for the 2nd Amendment (equally as important) is that if our government ever “morphs” into a tyranny that attempts to subvert individual rights under the Constitution…the ability of citizens to bear arms is a recourse to that tyranny.
The average citizen has been conditioned for more than 100 years to place all faith in the government. Soldiery nowadays is not generally viewed as an honorable profession, but rather as a “necessary evil” that you only do “when there are no other options available to you.” We had a Secretary of State (John Kerry) that publicly expostulated that drivel.
Six Benefits Firearms Have for the Average Joe Prepper
Firearms ownership and knowledge of them have many benefits. Let’s cover some of them, shall we?
- Hunting: In either a survival or non-survival scenario, you must put meat on the table. Hunting is the way to do it, and firearms make it easier. In recent articles I have recommended the Winchester ’94, an outstanding lever-action rifle in 30-30 caliber.
- Home Defense: This varies from state-to-state with gun ownership laws and what you can or cannot do, per the law, with the firearms. Some states (Montana being one of them) have the “castle” doctrine…where if a threat is perceived, the homeowner can take action. Other states will practically sue you if you don’t offer the burglar/rapist a meal when he breaks in. My personal rule is simple: it’s better to be judged by 7 than carried by 6. A firearm can prevent Mr. Rapist from carrying out his plans. Some ladies carry around a Saturday Night Special to deter unwelcome advances or perhaps some of these firearm suggestions would do the trick.
- SHTF Collapse: Yes, either the EMP has struck or the economy has collapsed…or both. What then? When the marauders are coming down the street, do you pick up a bullhorn and tell them to leave or you’ll call the police? Do you think that “Brinks” sign on the front lawn will cause them to shiver and shudder and move away? The answer to both questions is probably “No,” and I guarantee…that Mossberg 500-A 12 gauge pump will be the best. I’ve gone into a lot of detail on the subject in this article. As well, consider the .357, .45 ACP and these other post-collapse firearms.
- Barterable Skill Post SHTF: Yes, the ability to reload cartridges or repair firearms will be a barterable skill…and a skill you will need for yourself with a collapse. Consider diversifying your ammunition for this very reason.
- Legacy to your Family: Don’t those words sound great? What they mean is that with proper instruction on the use of, safety with, and care of your firearms, you’re giving your children an education in something that they can use the rest of their lives…it’s their birthright as American citizens to have the right to own and keep firearms. Why not give them a head start and show them all the fundamentals?
- Sport: Yes, sport! You can develop your marksmanship skills on targets…paper targets and at different ranges and clubs. You and/or the kids can all compete in matches. Sometimes there are prizes in the form of money, equipment, etc., that can be won when competing. There are no limits except the ones you set upon yourself.
Preppers, I must stress how important it is to maintain your weapons, as well as to having as much support equipment for your firearm as possible. A good cleaning kit with all the component parts for multiple calibers is essential. You can make your own cleaning kit with these items. Another thing you need is a gunsmith’s tool kit. They’re precisioned for the set-screws and special screws for mounts, scopes, and the firearm in general. Along with other things, such as reloading kits and presses, optics, and other books and videos to make you a well-rounded marksman.
As well as basic maintenance, I must emphasize the important of practicing regularly with your firearms. It is one thing to be a fast shot, but it is more important to be an accurate one. Read more about tips to improve your marksmanship here.
To summarize, firearms have held their place above the mantelpiece and mounted on the wall in American homes since even before the days of the American Revolution. Firearms are a part of your American citizenship heritage, and they can serve a multitude of needs and functions. For further training, hook up with a veteran or a qualified NRA instructor, and get started on something that is your fundamental right under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Keep that powder dry, and keep fighting that good fight! JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.