I carry a firearm every day. I do so recognizing that even a 911 call would be too little and too late when a dire threat is staring right into my eyes. That goes for disaster situations, too, which is why I own survival firearms.
But are survival firearms really necessary? People with limited funds may invest in other survival gear first. Every situation is different, but there are great reasons to put survival firearms at the top of the list. Here are five.
#5 Reason to Own Survival Firearms: Escalation
Time and again, violent struggles recorded by dispatchers ended up being homicide scenes by the time police arrived. If you're put in a situation where it's you or an attacker, you need to have the response options that only survival firearms can offer.
#4 Reason to Own Survival Firearms: You Won't See Violence Coming
The mass shootings in the United States in recent years illustrate the speed by which violent episodes unfold. Though police arrived quickly, they arrived to several deaths. Now compound that level of calamity with a widespread disaster scenario. You're on your own.
#3 Reason to Own Survival Firearms: Police Priorities
The priorities of police agencies expand during a post-disaster response. Police officers are relied upon as life savers and are appropriately pulled into search-and-rescue roles to bring the injured to safety. This limits their ability to deter criminal activity, which becomes a much larger issue compared to pre-disaster scenarios. Again, you're on your own.
#2 Reason to Own Survival Firearms: Law Enforcement Officers are Also Experiencing the Disaster
On top of the previous reason, remember that individual officers are real-life people like anyone else.
When the shift is over and it’s time to change out of their uniforms, they head home to their families. They, too, experience their own losses amid catastrophe and have their own loved ones and a host of worries at the fronts of their minds.
They have to manage all those thoughts while still trying to give their best to a community in need.
When the community at large is dealing with chaos, members of law enforcement might often deal with stress at a far higher degree.
#1 Reason to Own Survival Firearms: Waiting Isn't Always an Option
Even if law enforcement resources are available, sometimes after a disaster there’s no time to wait for police assistance. The same is true with everyday life.
Which is why I carry a firearm every day. What do you do to stay protected? Leave a comment below.