The theme for the May 2014 issue of PREPARE Magazine offers information and resources for self-defense and weapons. It’s a hot topic in the Preparedness movement, and certainly an area that needs attention. In the May 2014 publication we wanted to carefully discuss some of the important areas of weapons for protection and hunting. Having a good information on safety and necessity of firearms, is essential. The May 2014 digital publication offers great resources and information that will help you begin making good firearm and weapons preparations now.
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We posed a question on the PREPARE Magazine Facebook Page which asked: “Is the preparedness movement too focused on guns?” We enlisted the help of other well known, outspoken Preparedness trainers, authors and leaders to help us gather feedback from their Facebook friends as well. The conclusions we have come to are, that this is topic with deep dividing lines, strong convictions and differing opinions. Not that these was a surprising conclusions, but two of the threads that ran through both sides were surprising. Both those who felt that the emphasis on guns was too prevalent and those who saw a high emphasis as necessary, were the two common threads of ‘balance’ and ‘skill trumps stuff.’
It is with these underlying common threads of balance and skill that we have approached this potentially hot theme of Weaponry. If you have been with us over the growth of PREPARE Magazine the last two years, you know this is actually the first time that we have focused on this topic. To be sure, we are not a publication with a defensive posture, but we felt the time was right to introduce a portion of this lifestyle that had not graced our pages prior. So as long as there is a Second Amendment, regardless of how much focus others may place upon it, there is the right to discuss, educate and encourage responsible skills in the area of guns, knives and other forms of weaponry. Of course, we emphatically remind all of our readers, no matter which side of the line your convictions fall that you keep all weapons out of reach of unskilled children and under lock and key.
Developing Your Survival Attitude is an article that will help lay down some groundwork for an attitude that will learn, practice and be responsible with the skills to survive. If you are thinking of purchasing Firearms for the Home and/or Survival Rifles be sure to not only educate yourself, but also become properly trained and practice the skills to care for and use any style of firearm. The Apache Battle Tactic of The Marked Apache and the Rattlesnake is an example of how the skill for the fight and use of a weapon are deeply engrained in the training of the warriors by the detailed account of the story. The Common Man’s Gear often consists of knives in addition to or instead of a firearm. Yet there is still planning and skill involved in wielding it properly both for utilitarian or safety purposes. In fact, one such skill that could save a person from starving involves the knife not as a weapon of aggression or defense, but one of sustenance by Knife Fishing.
Although the theme this issue has focused on weapons, it is but a portion of the full picture to preparedness. Financial preparedness may mean that you are thinking of Investing in Silver and Gold. If you are banking on being able to survive come what may then Health and Fitness should be a Part of the Plan as well. You may think that you Can’t Grow Vegetables Because Your Yard Is Too Small? Think Again! – Sustainable gardening in small spaces is possible. And because Natural disasters know no time table or boundaries, learn what we can do to help after Typhoon Haiyan and what lessons we can take away from those who are rebuilding.
With all around us seeming chaotic and weapons often being misused, it’s no wonder many people struggle with the thought of Why Make Plans if God Controls my Future? The preparedness lifestyle does not have to be an exercise in futility. With Faith and Hope along with Skill and Community Connections we can be encouraged, empowered, equipped and optimistic about the changes ahead!
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