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Friday, January 29, 2010

Keep an eye on government

Who contributes to candidates running for office in your county?

How do candidates you contribute to spend your contribution?

As citizens and patriots, it is our responsibility to keep an eye on government and candidagtes for political office. Open Secrets is a

nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.

One of my favorite features of the web site is "Get Local" (under quick links). There I learned, for example, that during his 2008 campaign Congressman Childers (MS 1st) paid $22,000 to a polling service... in Alabama. Have we no polling services in Mississippi? Apparently there are not consulting services in Mississippi, either. $37,000 to a Maryland firm. I am of a mind that candidates, especially in states with serious unemployment, ought to keep as much money at home as possible.

Perhaps these expenditures are legitimate, maybe there are no consulting services in our state. This is not:

Expenditure data is only available for members of the House. The Senate has exempted itself from reporting expenditures.

Keep an eye on government. If we don't do it, who will?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Emergency Communications

Tim just keeps cranking away!

This topic has been hit on so many times that to some it is considered over kill; whenever I’m asked to look at a person’s preps they are usually lacking reliable communications. Recently while having a conversation with a friend that is the example of “prepared” he was asking me why I thought he needed better communications. The reasons are simple, all the technologies that we have today are due to more effective and reliable communications. By being able to transmit and store info quickly and reliably we are able to learn more, build on that knowledge, and pass it on so that others can add even more. Our communications network today is one of the most important aspects of our lives, it is how we learn the important information that makes our lives better, it is how we stay connected to the ones we love, it is how we get help in the event of an emergency, it is how we get the news of what is going on around us so that we can make better informed decisions.

Our communications network is fragile. A perfect example of this happened to me on Sunday night. I live in Picayune and am currently in South Carolina performing my Air force Reserves duty, after the Saints game there were so many people using their cell phones that I couldn’t get through to my wife for over three hours, there was no emergency, just too many people on the phone at once. It has been proven time and time again that in the event of any kind of emergency communications go down fast. The only reliable form of communications after any kind of disaster has always been amateur radio. When the twin towers went down it was ham operators that stepped up to the plate. In many areas after hurricane Katrina the only way to get in touch with the outside world was through an amateur radio operator. For months after the tsunamis in Asia the only link to the outside was with a ham radio. The reason that ham radio is so much more reliable isn’t that the equipment is any better, it is because every ham is familiar with his equipment and has the basic skills to overcome adversity and adapt to the current situation.

I know that every person that is a prepper isn’t going to go out and get the amateur radio license so I am going to give a list of what types of equipment are best to have, and what they are used for.

The first and most prolific is the good old CB (citizens band). A CB is good for local communications and most people have access to them. There are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming, if you have the money for the top of the line than go for it, but in my opinion you can get one that will do the job just fine used from a garage sale. I have one that I picked up for $10.00 with a magnet mount antenna. The CB is good to talk to the local surroundings, and listen to things going on around you.

Next is FRS or GRMS. These little radios are perfect for keeping in touch with people in close proximity; they are good for portable communications. Think about the after math of a hurricane, with a set of these, part of the family can stay at the house while other parts of the family can go out and help the neighbor down the road, the whole time being able to talk to the folks back home. These are also perfect when going out as a group, like going to a fair; you can break up to smaller groups and still be in communications. I like to use these when driving with more than one car; you can coordinate potty stops much easier.

Simple AM/FM should not be overlooked. All families should have multiple radios so they can get any info and news on the changing situation. There are many cheep options on the market; I have one that I picked up for $14.00 at wally world, its wind up with a flashlight and radio.

All of these options are good for right around the local area, but how do we get information on what is going on across county, or even around the world? The only way to do this in a situation where the grid is down is to use HF radio. HF radio waves can travel long distances by bouncing of the atmosphere and then back down to earth. HF transceiver with what is called a general coverage receiver will let you listen to all radio communications from around the globe, it will also let you talk on the ham frequencies. It requires a license to transmit on this radio in normal times, but the law says anyone can transmit in an emergency. To go with this radio you need a good antenna, I recommend a general coverage vertical. There are better antennas out there, but this is simple, easy to use, and hard to break. Most of these radios today work off a car battery, so as long as you have a way to charge them they work well off grid. A good HF setup is not cheap, to get a basic setup new with all that you need can run around $1000.00, you can buy them online from stores like Ham Radio Outlet. If money is a problem, and you are ready to do a little research and put some sweat equity into it you can beat the price. I recently purchased an older used radio online for $175.00 and built an antenna with parts from radio shack.

I know that I have played up amateur radio in this post, but it is one of the skills that I think are paramount to being prepared, it is as important as knowing how to make fire in the rain. Today getting your amateur radio license is easier than ever, all it takes is a little online study, or there are classes offered all over the country. In Pearl River County we offer classes throughout the year. The main thing to think about is how will you get the information that you need in a disaster situation? If the grid goes down how will you get in touch with the local doctor to get the help that is needed? In the past when there was a medical emergency Pa had to saddle the horse, ride to town, fetch the doctor, and bring him out to the farm. Most people died not because of their injuries, but because of the time to get to help. With basic communication skills you could radio into town and get the doc headed your way.

I know that this is not an in-depth how to on the subject, but like many of my posts it is to get some basic info out to help people get started on the right track. I hope that I have given you enough info for you to start in the right direction. I hope that you will take the initiative and learn the skills that you need. The most important tool in the situations that we prep for is the skills and knowledge that we have between our ears. With good knowledge people can scrounge the things they need to survive. With cool tools and no knowledge you can die with really cool toys!

P.S. If you have your amateur radio license look for me on the lower end of 20 meters voice.

Thanks, Tim

State of the Union

The State of the Union Address will be upon us soon. The events of the last week or two just leads me to ask myself, how stupid does Washington think we are? First the bailout money, then health care and all the garbage in between. Brown wins the Mass. election and all of a sudden, Washington isn't in a rush to ram things down our throat? Hurry, lets march our Middle Class Task Force out to the public to let them know that we are serious about their needs? Are you kidding me? I don't need a special task force, I along with all of you are the voice of the American People! I am not main street, I am We The People. So how much stock would I give the State of the Union? Not much I can tell you that. It will be enough pomp and circumstance to try to get his ratings up. With Brown's win he didn't just suddenly hear the people, the people have been shouting all along. Sorry for the rant...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Keeping Records and Being Prepared

After the heavy rain this morning, I walked around to view the damage the hard freeze inflicted on the garden. Many of the tropical plants are brown, shriveled messes, I lost the lettuce and kale but the broccoli is in and pulled. The cabbage is still wonderful and going strong. Almost everything in the greenhouse is dead and the lemon tree is hanging on by a thread. Notes were made as to the weather and how much I was not prepared for 16 degree temperatures. If you remember last year, Christmas was the time we had the warm weather we had now and the freeze came in late February early March.
Two things I learned, because I live in the south does not insure me decent winters, and garbage bags are not the best thing to wrap your plants in. Canvas or sheeting would have been better because the only thing trash bags did was to speed up the dying process.
Was I lax? You bet I was! Did I learn more about being prepared? Oh yeah. I slacked off towards the end of the season where I should have doubled my efforts and if we had been in dire straights we would have had a hard time getting by.
So, this is one for my record book, lessons learned the hard way.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cheap land clearing

Another guest post by Tim. This one's gonna make you smile. Thanks, Tim!


When we first bought our little farm our family income was about three times the current level. We had great plans of what we wanted to do with the place. Then the bottom fell out of the economy and we were barely able to keep it.

Let me explain the land and give a little history, it is 5.4 acres that when we bought it was mature pines and the thick Mississippi jungle with only a small area cleared for a house. We first moved our travel trailer here and lived in it for a year and a half while we built the house.

After logging the pines we were left with supper thick brush and lots of stumps. We didn’t have the money to get it professionally cleared and didn’t have any heavy equipment; the task of clearing was daunting. I tried to go at it once or twice with a chain saw but this was an exercise in futility, the brush was so thick you couldn’t reach the trunks to cut them down.

About this time I started getting into prepping and started thinking outside the box, we purchased two nanny goats and were given a billy that someone had bought as a pet and didn’t want any more. We didn’t have the money to fence the whole farm so we bought four 16 foot cattle panels and some small clips to hold them together. This gave us a sturdy pen to hold them in. I started by hacking a circle in the brush and dragging the panels through it. We put the goats in and let them at it. The area was so thick that the goats could go into the middle and you couldn’t see them. After about two weeks they had eaten everything they could reach and were balling for more. They had stripped everything green up two about four feet high.

The next step is not the fastest or easiest way to do things but I did it this way as an experiment. Thinking of what life would be like after TEOTWAWKI I didn’t want to use any oil products or commercial power. I bought a good pair of loppers and a good hand pruning saw. I would go into the goat pen and cut down enough brush to feed them for a day, since the goats had cleared the under brush it was easy to cut things off at ground level. It took about ten minutes a night to do this. In about three weeks I had an area that was completely cleared except for the large stumps and the goats were out of food. We then hacked another circle and moved the pen over to start again. We piled the sticks and branches on the stumps and burnt them to ground level.

After the first section was cleared we added a third nanny goat to the group so we now had four goats. This sped the process up so that it only took about a week and a half to clear a 16’ square.

The next step was to get a garden started. Since all the stumps were still in the ground and we couldn’t afford a tiller, we decided to go with raised beds. I built the beds by screwing together 30” 4x4 cutoffs I had got for free from a jobsite. Stacking them 2 high gave us raised beds that were 37” wide, 72” long, and 7” deep. We filled the beds with rabbit manure and top soil that was dug up from our place. I got the manure by offering to clean out under the cages of someone that raised rabbits.

I know that this is not the most efficient way to get to the end goal but let me break it down for you and let you be the judge of the outcome.

Three nanny goats @ $30ea
Four cattle panels @ $20ea
One pair loppers $45
One pruning saw $16
one box of screws $19
twelve clips to hold fence together $18
one half hour a night working with my two children in the garden PRICELESS

Total cost $268

Over the last year there has been some money come into our family from this project. Our goats had babies so we sold five @ $45, the person that I shoveled the rabbit manure from gave me $50 and two butchered rabbits since he didn’t have to do it, I rented out my goats to someone that had an island in their pond that had over grown. He paid me $240 because that’s what it would have cost him to hire laborers for the job. The other thing that I don’t have a value for is all the vegetables that we have enjoyed.

$515 income
$268 costs

$247 is the total money made on this project.

I know that there are people that have been prepping for years and have awesome stores laid up for the bad times, and there are people that have the money to get this project done in a week, but that isn’t the point I am trying to make here. The main point is the paradigms shift of thinking out side the box is the best skill that we Preppers have. For very little money I have added a sustainable meat source for my family, and a productive vegetable garden. I have taught my children that if there is something that needs to get done you can work on it and make your goal.

P.S. Make sure the neighbor kids can’t open the gate to the goat pen, four goats can level a garden in about ten minutes, Trust me.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Target practice, etc.

As with things in life, practice makes perfect when it comes to firearms. Here are a few of my thoughts about target practice, and other things.

If you are a new gun owner (read: new. gun owner; not new gun. owner!) start off by going to the range with an experienced person, one who takes his/her responsibilities as a gun owner & shooter seriously. Go with him/her more than once. And take it a step further-- ask him to come back to your house after you go shooting to clean your guns. Feed him supper in return.

An aside about cleaning. You just spent real money on a mechanical devise that one day could save your life. (Praying you'll never have to use it for that, but.) Keep it clean and in good working order. We clean our weapons after each use. That may be a bit excessive, but we like shiny things.

Commit to going to the range at least once a month. Make it an outing. Bring along a friend or two. An added benefit of this is that you'll shoot eachother's weapons, and learn about other makes & models.

I prefer outdoor ranges over indoor for a number of reasons. My experience has been that for the most part gun handling safety is practiced to a greater degree by folks who frequent outdoor ranges. Indoor ranges are crowded and loud. The one problem with some outdoor ranges is that the lanes somethings are not short enough for handgun use. So check before you go first.

When you're starting out, set realistic goals. You're going to be learning a lot and trying to co-ordinate each individual aspect of shooting. Unless you are a natural born marksman, don't expect to hit the dead on bullseye first time out. Ain't gonna happen. Begin by becoming comfortable with your gun, and by developing perfect safety habits.

REPEAT: Begin by developing perfect safety habits.

At some point, you will achieve those first two goals, comfort and perfect habits. Precision will come with practice.

Remember, too, that in a situation where you need to use your gun, you aren't going to be target shooting. You may be making your way down the staircase into a pitch black living room. You may be walking across a dark parking lot. Practice these scenarios. (O.k., not cool to take out your gun in the parking lot, but you get the point.)

One thing folks do is an unloaded drill. Unload your weapon(s). Put it in the nightstand drawer. Lay down. Now what if you were awakened, and you had to act? Practice what you & your partner would do. Be sure the weapons are unloaded! And be sure you walk down those stairs side-by-side. In real life, you do not want someone with a loaded gun behind you.

We have been collecting the Personal Firearms Defense series of DVDs. I recommend these, but you can probably find other information & videos online.

One final thought. If you are a newbie, your strategy for training & practice should be one step at a time. You'll develop confidence and more importantly, good habits.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Flash flood watch

Just a heads up.

253 PM CST TUE JAN 19 2010








Little simple things

"Little simple things" comes from our guest contributor, Tim. Tim's from the mountains of Oregon, currently living on a five acre starter farm (with access to 1200!) in the Picayune, MS area. Tim is one accomplished individual! He's an Eagle Scout, a c-17 load master in the air force reserves who's been through the highest military survival school. He's also a Master Carpenter and a HAM radio operator. Tim says, "A couple of years ago a local gun store owner turned me onto survival blog and I have just gone from there.  I found preppers network about two weeks ago and enjoy it." I think y'all will enjoy his first post, and look forward to more.

I find that I get encouraged by reading basic how to articles, even if they are something I all ready know it’s always good to see others take on a subject.  It is also good to practice the skills that we have so that they are fresh in our minds and we can draw on them when needed.

Just this last Friday after work it had been raining all day and I didn’t have anything pressing to do. I decided that it was a good time to practice my fire starting skills. I know that most people say that it is easy to start a fire, but try to start a fire in the rain with only a knife and a Bic lighter. You will find that it can be frustrating and challenging when you are in the best of moods, so it’s a good time to learn before you truly need it.

The first thing that most people tell me when I talk about starting a fire in the rain is that all the wood is wet. Let me tell you that the only time in Earths history that all the wood was wet was after it had rained for forty days and forty nights. What you want to look for is branches that are dead but still hanging on the tree or are held off of the ground by other branches, this is called squaw wood. The bark on these branches protects them and the rain runs off so the inside stays dry. Other things to look for are freshly fallen pine needles or sap; they don’t soak up water and burn easily. Another important thing to find is a good thumping stick, this is a solid piece of wood about two inches thick and about eighteen inches long, it is used to drive the knife through the wood.

Preparations for starting a fire in the rain are the most important part of the challenge. Gather all the wood that you can before you ever try to start the first thing burning. Once you have everything together start by breaking or chopping the squaw wood into pieces about six inches long. Split the wood into kindling using the knife. The inside of this wood is dry, use a couple of pieces of this wood to make shavings for tender to get it started. As you are doing this prep work it is important to keep the rain off of what you have gotten ready. I stuff it in my jacket.

Once you have every thing ready it is as simple as putting it together and lighting it. Start by putting the tender in a pile and covering it with kindling and light, as it starts to catch add bigger and bigger pieces of wood. Once you have the flames going you can add wood that is soaked and it will catch and burn.

After about fifteen minutes I had a nice roaring fire that put out a lot of heat. My Seven year old son and I sat enjoying the glow until it was time for him to go to bed, even though it was still raining and the outside temp had fallen to the low forties the heat of the fire made it comfortable.

As preppers we spend a lot of time working on our stores of supplies, but it is good and just as important to stop and practice some of the most basic skills so that they are second nature for us when we need them.

P.S. once you have practiced it’s always fun when sitting with friends and watching it rain to bet them twenty bucks that you can go into that stand of woods over there and start a fire with just what you have in your pockets.  It’s bought my dinner a few times.(You have your pocket knife and a lighter in your pocket don’t you?)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Castle Doctrine, Reciprocity, Traffic Stops and Codes

You have your gun, you feel you are ready to carry, what else is there to know??
The Castle Doctrine. This gives you the right to defend your Castle(home) and of course the Royal Coach(car). I found a decent explanation on Lawyer Rob's blog here and it will explain this better than I can.
We can then move on to Reciprocity, which is the other states that will honor your concealed carry permit, simply put you can bring your gun. If you are traveling and want to carry and will be in these states (even if driving through to reach another state that honors Mississippi permits) you will need to know each state code on if you have to disclose that you have a weapon or not if stopped by a police officer/state trooper. The states that honor Mississippi permits are:


If your gun is concealed in your car do you have to tell a Mississippi officer that you have one? No. Should you? In all honesty, I can't answer that for you. Some officers may appreciate the fact they were informed and some just won't and could make a simple traffic stop a long, drawn out event. I have heard stories from both sides of the fence. In other states that do allow you to carry, they might have a law that you have to show them your permit and inform them of your carry right up front.
This is the basics on these three issues, as a gun owner you need to be informed on gun laws for your state and how they change.

Codes you need to know:

The Bill of Rights of the Mississippi Constitution:

Section 12. Right to bear arms.

The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the Legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.

To look up the codes relating to firearms you can go here to Mississippi Codes and where you want to look for weapon relate codes is in Title 45 and in Title 97. I would direct link but it will only pull up the main page.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Where do I buy my guns?

Along the coast, if you want a new gun Academy Sports has a large selection. I buy mostly from pawn shops, mainly Long Beach Pawn on Pineville Road and Cook's guns in Diberville, on Popps Ferry Road and I've gotten decent guns at decent prices. My advice is to go check out what they have, give it a good look over pull the trigger and hold it in your hand. Is it comfortable? Light enough or heavy enough. Keep in mind once loaded the trigger will be a little harder to pull. Consider the price, usually around $250 and up. In all honesty, I've left the shops, gone home to think about it and looked prices up on the internet to make sure it was a good price then have gone back. You run the risk of the gun not being there but I would rather be sure of my purchase. I would also ask if the gun was one of their pawns or consignment for someone else. Usually they tell you right upfront, the difference being if it's one of theirs they make sure it's clean and if it's a consigned piece it may not be.
When you buy a gun buy bullets, you can do it at the pawnshop, academy sports or online and don't forget about a gun cleaning kit.
Now don't go home stick it in the nightstand and forget about it. You need to shoot and feel comfortable about doing so. I have not tried this place but it doesn't look bad at all, it's the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rifle and Pistol Club. Dues are $200 a year and you have to go through the mandatory safety class first. Wait, that would be $400 a year then for a couple! Not necessarily, one can join because the member is allowed to bring two guests each visit. When you go to the range follow the rules, also be serious, this isn't a BBQ, covered shoes, no flip flops, ear plugs please and long pants. On the range you can go through a box of bullets pretty quick so make sure you have more than one box. Maintain your gun, keep it clean, and ready to go. If you have little ones lock it up. If you shoot on someones land please, please make sure you have plenty of room, a bullet can go a long way. Common sense, that's all.
As for cleaning your gun, if someone can't show you how, YouTube has videos on how to do it, simply type in how to clean a gun. You can also see videos of people shooting different types of guns also.
I hope I provided enough basics to get you started, if not just let me know. And I have a favor to ask, make old Worn Out proud and don't run in and buy a pink gun!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bare basics on guns

Hand guns:

Bottom right is a semi-automatic handgun. You load a clip with the bullets and snap it into the handle. You cock it once, pull the top back and you can unload the whole clip of bullets.

Top left is a revolver. You load the bullets into the barrel, cock the gun and fire. You cock the gun for every shot.

Which would I pick for the first time gun owner? A revolver. It's easier to clean, easier to shoot and more accurate, you also don't have to worry about bullets jamming. The downside? If you are going to carry, it's a little harder to conceal.


A shotgun has a wider barrel and a front sight. It takes large bullets which are little metal balls(bbs) in a shell. When you shoot all those little balls become projectiles which do a lot of damage. The picture I am showing has a pump at the bottom of the gun which you will need to pump before you shoot. Some have a handle at the bottom that you cock before you shoot. This is a single barrel shot gun which means you have one shot before you have to reload and double you have two.
Shotguns are for shorter range shooting.


Rifles have a more narrow barrel and have a front sight and a rear sight. They carry bullets that do not have projectiles so what you are shooting will be 1 shot= 1 bullet vs. a shotgun which is 1 shot= multiple projectiles. Rifles are for longer range shooting.

To start off with, for the average home, a single or double barrel shotgun would be just fine.

What is a caliber? A caliber is the diameter of the inside of a round cylinder. It is measured by thousands of an inch or millimeters. A 22 caliber is a .22 caliber which is a small gun with a small bullet. In comparison, Dirty Harry's gun was a .44 caliber, big gun big bullets. Same thing with millimeter the higher the number the bigger the gun and bullets. What size should you get? Well that depends what you can shoot comfortably. This is the area where people second guess themselves if they should even own a gun because now you have to think about actually shooting a person.
A low caliber, .22 or .25, even with good aim will probably require more than one shot to disable or kill. That being said no matter what size the gun, stress of a situation and personal reaction will probably dictate you taking more than one shot anyway. Caliber is easier to remember as the higher the number the bigger the hole.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1st Garden: Pt 1 Planning

I guest posted about planning your first garden over at Ohio Preppers. Check it out. Lots of links to garden stuff and some drawings.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Concealed Carry

Hope you all made it through lastnight o.k. this week is going to be rough.

Why go through the bother and expense of concealed carry? Because Mississippi does not define open carry and will state in some cases that it is not permitted. But they do define concealed carry, which is to conceal(hide)your gun in whole or in part. Which is how they bust your chops on open carry. For example, you have a gun in it's holster on your hip...open carry? Well, your gun is partially concealed by your holster. So you decide to stick it on your forehead..whatever tape you use and maybe your hair can conceal it..see where I'm going with this? Some places and people are not as uptight as others but there is no clear line. Also once you have a concealed carry permit you can be told you cannot open carry but that is easier considering it will always be partially concealed by a holster or something else.

How do I get a concealed carry permit, well go to the Highway Patrol link here and click on the Firearm Permit Application Package(Individuals). Fill it out and have it notorized.

What is the cost:

The fee for a first time Individual Firearm Permit is $132.00. The permit is valid for four (4) years. About 90 days prior to the permit's expiration date, a renewal package is sent to the permit holder. The renewal fee is $82.00. There is a $15 late fee for expired permits. A permit expired for 6 months or more is deemed permanently expired and the permit holder must reapply. If your driver's liscence still has your social security number on it they are going to make you run to the dmv right after you apply for your permit to get a new one so figure that into your fee and time also.

Where do I go?

To a highway patrol substation. To renew you you can go to any place you go to renew your driver's license provided there is no change to your information on your permit.
You will probably have to take time off work. For locations click here. The days and times are specific, you just can't walk in any old time.

How long does it take to get my permit? About 4 months.

The downside? If you are hinky about an FBI background check and having your prints on file is one. Concealed carry records are a matter of public record is two. And the second one pretty much ticks me off. If I can't do this to someone:

Then the state shouldn't do this to me.

You might be thinking, I just wanted to know how to buy a gun so when are you getting off your soapbox? It's never that easy...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Hard Freeze Tonight

It's going to be 16 tonight and they are saying it might snow on Thursday. If you have plants and/or gardens, cover them up. Bring your animals in, well those you can. Drip your cold water if you have to and stay warm. If need be there are shelters open:

Harrison County

Good Deeds Center
15101 Madison St.
Open at 4:30pm

Gulf Coast Rescue Mission
2750 Mission Lane
*Men only

Hancock County

Lutheran Episcopal Services (formerly Lagniappe Church)
647 Demontiluzin Ave.
Bay St. Louis
Open at 4:30pm until 9am
Rides to shelter: (228) 255-9191

Jackson County

Salvation Army
3217 Nathan Hale Ave.

Stay inside if you can, be careful, keep warm.

Guns Made America Great

Aggie mentioned that she's going to be doing some posting on the topic of firearms. Yea! I happened to come across this today at The Corner at National Review Online. Thought I'd share, since it's in keeping with the theme.

Fun With Numbers [Jonah Goldberg]
Bart Hinkle writes:

More than 900 black males between the ages of 14 and 17 killed somebody in 2007. Should we be scared of young black guys?

Of course not. There are roughly 3 million black males in that age group in the United States. It would be horribly unfair to toss around the first statistic without mentioning the second; doing so would be misleading, if not malicious.

Now consider this statistic: Concealed handgun permit holders have killed 107 people since 2007. That news, from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., sounds pretty bad — until you put it in context. How many Americans have been issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon?

The Violence Policy Center doesn't say. And it's probably impossible to pin down a precise number, because records are kept on a state-by-state basis, and reporting criteria differ from state to state. But NRA estimates put the number in the neighborhood of 5 million, as of a couple of years ago....

If that's true, then the percentage of concealed-carry permit holders who have killed someone with a firearm comes to two one-thousandths of 1 percent. Yet to listen to the VPC's Kristen Brand — who says "concealed handgun permit holders are killing people over parking spaces, football games, and family arguments" — you'd think the cohort of permit holders was as dangerous as the gang at Rikers Island.

And one more thing... . How many of those concealed carry permit holders would themselves been killed by one of those 107 people? I do NOT want to ever shoot anyone. But I'll be damned if I'll be taken out by anyone else. Fortunately, the probability of my being killed is pretty low. There hasn't been a murder in my county since before 1980. Check your city or county's crime stats here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Gun Ownership 101

You may feel at some point you are ready to move into the area of protection for youself, your family and your home. Your thoughts are progressing towards the purchase of firearms.

The great state of Mississippi is an open carry state. This means the only time you need a permit is to conceal(hide)your gun. You must be over the age of 18 to open carry, 21 to conceal carry and be a resident in the state for 12 months.Regardless of the fact if you open or conceal you may not have a weapon in the following places:

1. Courthouse
2. Detention or police facility
3. Polling place
4. Meeting of a government or legislative body
5. Public park
6. Schools
7. Colleges
8. Professional athletic event
9. Place of worship
10. Parade or demonstration
11. Premises posted “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited,”
12. Where prohibited by federal law
13. It is unlawful to carry a firearm in any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises that is primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages; any portion of an establishment in which beer or light wine is consumed on the premises, that is primarily devoted to such purpose
14. The passenger terminal of any airport, except if the firearm is encased for shipment.

You do not have a wait period to buy a gun. You have to be able to fill out the information on the sales form by yourself and be able to show ID.

So, you can open carry, you don't have to wait to buy a gun so lets jump in and go get one! Just kidding, there is more.....

Saturday, January 2, 2010

1st Annual APN Symposium

This is a pre-announcement for the First Annual American Preppers Network Symposium. Details to follow soon.

Announcing the

First Annual
American Preppers Network Symposium

“Get started”

Hosted by Mississippi Preppers Network

March 25-27, 2010
March 18-20, 2010
North/central Mississippi*

* UPDATES 2/13/2010 Please note the change in date. Based on preliminary feedback, the new dates allow more folks to attend. Also note that the exact location will be announced, based on the number of registered participants.

The moderators of Mississippi Preppers Network (MSPN) extend to all members and friends of the American Preppers Network (APN) an invitation to the First Annual American Preppers Network Symposium to be held March 18-20, 2010 in north/central Mississippi.

Theme: The theme is “Get Started.” Get started prepping. Get started taking those first steps to self-reliance. Get started meeting-- face-to-face-- some like minded folks from all across the country. No matter where you are in your preps, this gathering will provide an opportunity to learn and teach freedom through self-reliance.

Among the topics will be:

Vegetable gardening: Top 10 “newbie” mistakes
Stocking your pantry: Commonsense strategies for building up food stores
Storing dry goods
Preserving fruits and vegetables (topic volunteered for by Deborah in Mississippi. Thanks, Deborah!)
Strategies for involving family
Prepping in small spaces
Meeting the challenges of urban prepping
Becoming debt free (almost)

APN’s motto is “Freedom through Teaching Others Self-Reliance.” The Symposium provides an opportunity to do just that. Please invite others.

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