I gave an interview to Aaron from the "In The Rabbit Hole" podcast, a modern preparedness podcast. It was published on November 12, 2018.
Preppers love to discuss many things: Guns, food storage, knives, bushcraft skills, and a litany of other topics. These topics are chewed, debated, and deliberated about endlessly amongst preppers.
But personal finance does not get much love, unfortunately. It’s not surprising, though. Most people would rather discuss… um… adult relations at the dinner instead of money–an odd taboo, really.
At its core, money is an omni-tool; it can be turned into nearly anything else needed. And a healthy personal financial standing is the most likely position from which to best safeguard your families well being.
This show rounds out some friendly advice to help any interested listener who wants to put together a well-equipped home armory to do so in a thoughtful and financially prudent way.
Today, we tackle the AR15 rifle. The AR15 is a wonderful rifle. It's not the best at any one thing, but it is truly good at many things.
I'd love for you to have one if you don't already.
So I thought you might appreciate some advice on how to get a good deal on one.
p.s., In the show I referenced a statistic of police officers in a northeastern state not turning in their rifles after a ban. That particular story I referenced was actually a satire site that I stumbled over without realizing it. I got duped. I have no doubt that the thrust of the story is accurate, but the specifics I cited were flat wrong and untrustworthy. Sorry.
p.p.s., My guest in today's show referenced the AR15 as stemming from a military firearm first. The AR15 was developed for the civilian marketplace first, then...
Guns are great investments.
Well, perhaps I should say that it's possible for guns to be great investments...and at the worst, they are a decent store of value.
If you've never owned a firearm, I'd like to share with you a thoughtful, reasonable path into gun ownership that will help you to make good decisions and get the most bang for your buck.
In today's show I lay out for you a sensible approach to gun acquisition that will help you to construct a useful home armory that will allow you to have the tools of defense and offense that will cover most situations you could conceivably ever face without making bad financial decisions.
This is the audio recording of an essay published in the Fall of 1993 in The Public Interest magazine.
The essay is titled: "A Nation of Cowards" by Jeffrey Snyder.
You can access a text version of this essay here: http://rkba.org/comment/cowards.html
I'm publishing this essay for you as a thought-provoking defense of the morality of your being well-armed.
In today's political climate where critics are drawing a moral equivalence between mass murderers and an average armed citizen, I think this moral defense is warranted.
The facts and names of the essay are dated. The arguments are not.
As you consider this essay with 25 years of hindsight, do some research into how well the arguments have weathered the test of time.
As we all watch and process the mass shooting in Las Vegas this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few lessons learned.
I always try to process an event like this with an eye towards the lessons I can learn.
The tactical situation in Las Vegas was impossible. I don't think you could imagine a worse situation to be in as a concert-goer. An absolute nightmare.
But, I do have a few thoughts that I think can help. And since I don't hear anyone sharing anything practical, here are my suggestions.
If you have additional practical, actionable ideas, I'd love to hear them.