Ham_529

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  1. conspiracy [kənˈspɪrəsɪ] n pl -cies 1. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot 2. the act of making such plans in secret the·o·ry noun \ˈthē-ə-rē, ˈthir-ē\ : an idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain facts or events : an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true : the general principles or ideas that relate to a particular subject To be technical, it is a conspiracy theory. One man writing a book shouldn't be proof enough, government agent or not.
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    First day of community college

    My first 2 semesters I had 'Required' books that were $130 and up that the professor didn't even use. That's pretty lame if you ask me.
  3. I was reading an article on Yahoo! today about Obama's new attempt at gun control a found this about half-way through... --Renewing his pledge to keep working for legislative fixed, Biden suggested that one opportunity for improving prospects for gun control may come next year in the midterm elections. Liberal groups and those supporting gun control have vowed to hold accountable in 2014 those lawmakers who voted against gun control. "If Congress won't act, we'll fight for a new Congress," Biden said. "It's that simple. But we're going to get this done."-- If I could get face to face with VP Biden I would say "Excuse me, but isn't Congress' job to represent the citizens of the United States of America in the lawmaking process? So... shouldn't you be asking what we want and not trying to force your agenda down our throats? 'Getting this done' should be up to us, not you and your liberal congress" I know this happens all the time but it makes me upset when they say it outright like that, like We The People really don't matter anymore. Message to Congress: Your opinions are not the important ones. The important ones belong to your constituents. I need a snack now. Frustration makes me hungry.
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    Looking for suggestions

    Thanks for all your input everybody. It is quite helpful
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    Looking for suggestions

    Hey all, I'm hoping to get some opinions on the next firearm I should purchase. I currently have a .22 LR rifle and will soon be acquiring a 9mm pistol. I was thinking shotgun but I don't know very much about manufacturers. Also it preferably would need to be something my wife could handle (She's 5'4"). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ham
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    When they close the roads...

    I agree with you Outlandermax. Although I think all off road vehicles should be given serious consideration. ATVs, snowmobiles, cars and trucks equipped for off-roading. You never know what season it will hit the fan. Once the roads clog up (or are shutdown) the best way to go would be around them. Unless of course you have a monster truck...
  7. I agree that trigger locks are worthless for defensive guns. I only suggested for them to be used for 'show' guns but i had no idea how easy they were to defeat. I live in Pa were the only storage law is that the dealer has to sell me a trigger lock when I buy the gun. I keep my rifle (the only gun I own) loaded according to PA law (mag inserted bolt open). Both my wife and I now how to use it and we have no children so I feel comfortable doing that. I know you're proud to be Texan but PA isn't bad either. Thanks for the insight and the welcome!
  8. Hi all, I'm quite new to survival and prepping but I'd like to share what I have learned with others that are starting from scratch like me. 1. Start slow and don't get overwhelmed --a. When starting with nothing prepping may seem to be a daunting task, but everyone started at some point. Don't feel that you need to have 6 months to a year of food and water stock up by this weekend. Do a little at a time and keep your inventory growing. For example, buy a gallon of water or two everytime you do your grocery shopping. It is inexpensive and last 2-3 years. --b. Starting from scratch can be quite a financial burden as well. Spending $5k on freeze-dried food may be a great idea for your preparations but if it puts you behind on your mortgage you may not have a place to store it when all that food gets here. 2. Listen to and take (good) advice --a. There is a wealth of knowledge on this forum stored in the different people on here. Don't be afraid to ask questions about anything. --b. Remember, there are a lot of people on the internet and even more opinions. Debates are common on survival and prepping topics but yours has to be the most important to you because when the time comes, the well being of you and yours will be depending on it. 3. Learn --a. Never Stop! Learning survival skills may be the most important preparations you can do for a SHTF event. If a member of your party goes into cardiac arrest, can you help? Foraging for food and can't tell one red berry from the next? I hope it isn't toxic... My point is that gear preparations are a good idea but the knowledge to use that gear, and being able to get the job done without it, is paramount --b. Focusing on skills that can be traded for goods would be a good strategy. Things such as carpentry, electrical (if the power is still on) fishing, trapping, and medical. Being able to help people and get goods you need for your survival seems very win-win to me. 4. A stockpile of guns and ammo may not save you from being hungry --a. I've read a lot of articles and posts by questionable/self-proclaimed 'authorities' on preeping who claim that more firepower is always the answer to a SHTF event. While this my be true in some cases I believe it to be the extreme exception not the rule. I love the quotation "You can't eat bullets" because it speaks so much truth. Dying hungry on a mountain of ammo is not the way I want to go. Also, I don't recommend starting your prepper lifestyle thinking you will have to massacre your neighbors(unless they want your brains then kill'em all). 5. Redundancy --a. Always have a back-up for your back-up. This applies to gadgets, guns, firestarters, etc. Anything that can break/wear out should have a replacement. To paraphrase Professor Prepper, "1000 rounds of 9mm ammo does no good if your only 9mm firearm goes to the big safe in the sky". --b. Survival skills should also have back-ups. If the doctor of the group gets ill how can he take care of the others? If your kids or significant other have never fire a gun, who is going to hunt when you sprain your ankle? 6. Keep it in the family --a. OPSEC or operational security is a topic discussed on survivalcache.com in an article written by Bama Bull. I recommend reading it if you haven't. I wanted to bring this to the attention of the rookie preppers who may not know better. Thanks for reading! I welcome input and criticism (constructive please) from anyone, new and veterans.
  9. Wouldn't a trigger lock qualify as 'proper storage' by making the gun inoperable?