The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. The conversation continues today on the renewed call for gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting.

On Martial Law

Reader H.L. sent in this article featuring an interview with Selco on martial law. For those who are unfamiliar with Selco, he has written extensively about his survival experiences during the civil war in Bosnia. There are some common misconceptions that patriots tend to have about how martial law is usually implemented and how it works. This is good stuff. What is readily apparent is that open rebellion at that point is a sure way to kill off you and your family. If you must fight, I’d recommend studying up on the late Mike Vanderboegh’s concept of 4th generation warfare and the small cell concept.

Gun Control Compromise Fallacy

Reader T.J. sent in this video with Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge on the fallacy of gun control and the cost of freedom. The current state of public opinion on gun control is a direct result of gun owners taking the position “They aren’t coming after my guns so I’m not getting involved”. The Second Amendment has been eroded one little piece at a time because gun owners will not stand together. You may not like “bump stocks” and you may think they are silly, but by not standing beside those who do use them, you are part of the problem. This is worth listening too. I’m reminded of Martin Niemoller’s poem about cowardice:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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Reader John Howard sent in this article from Matt Walsh over at the Daily Wire that says it all on why I won’t give up my firearms.

MSM on Billy Graham

The lame main stream media just doesn’t get it. Billy Graham was one of the most influencial men of our times and I have no doubt that his reward in Heaven is great. Yet the media continues to lead with titles like this: “Billy Graham leaves painful legacy for LGBTQ people” (NBC news) and “Divorce, drugs, drinking: Billy Graham’s children and their absent father” (Washington Post). The ink is barely dry on the coroner’s certificate and they can’t wait to smear him. Do they even wonder why America doesn’t trust them anymore? Is their no one in the editorial process that can say “Maybe we shouldn’t run this today.”? Thanks to several readers who sent these links in.

School Walkouts

The superintendent of Marion County Public Schools and designated class time on April 20th to participate in a national student walkout. You just thought public school was about educating your kids. No, it’s about indoctrinating your children in the modern progressive/liberal thought processes. To make matters worse, the some of the emboldened children have decided that the “official” walkout isn’t for them. They wanted to stage their own walkout on Friday. The school, of course, isn’t about empowering children. It’s about controlling them. As a result any student who threatened to walk out on Friday was threatened with suspension. Thanks to T.J. for the link.

Awesome Door Lock

A high school student has invented a door lock for school doors that can be applied quickly and is near foolproof. With most schools using metal doors, this would give teachers and students an amazing level of protection and the added time needed to escape. His school, where he invented it, has already ordered 51 for their school. If you have your child in a public or private school, you need to show this video to your administration and discuss it at the next school board meeting. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

Binary Triggers (and More)

Valley Food Storage has a few binary triggers left that they are selling at cost to clear their inventory. You might want to check them out. Also, they bought too many 275 gallon super tankers and are selling them at cost prices to clear their inventory. Supplies on this deal are limited so make your order fast.

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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!


  1. Martial law- military government involving the suspension of ordinary law.
    Treason-the crime of betraying one’s country.

    If ordinary law codifies/enumerates the inalienable rights which provided the basis for the creation of our country, then those who would suspend those laws are at war with the people and betraying our country.

  2. Hopefully it’ll be ready by this fall, but my “done except for editing” book fits Selco’s description of all-but-name martial law like a glove. Like others (including Mr. Rawles) I use a financial disaster as the means, but point out all of the needed prior steps are already done. They’ve been in place since at least the 1930s, pretty much.

  3. The really cool thing about a “school walk-out” is you’re not in class; you’re outside gossiping, flirting, and not learning. I wish we could have done this back in my day.

  4. Billy Graham was a fine, moral Christian gentleman who led many around the world to Christ. Of course, the main stream media wants to smear him as they are ultimately controlled by the Other Side.

  5. The Selco interview addressed the reality of martial law. Choosing your population density and established culture will determine most people’s fate.

    Selco stated, “The sad truth is that a majority of people are sheep.” In my experience, make that ‘vast majority’.

    1. Amen on that…Take these articles on Urban Survival if your still in a city(over 100k) and you have the knowledge that something bad could happen you really aren’t serious about you and your families survival when you stay there…I could even take it a step further and say unless you are totally self sufficient and dont receive anything from anyone and can protect what you have from any force then hiding in the woods is just as delusional…You need a Community of like-minded, self sufficient, Liberty people…

  6. Now is the time to homeschool your children. The public school system is broken beyond repair. When was the last time there was a “homeschool” shooting?

    1. I used to think that as well but talking with people that they both have to work to even keep their heads above has been leading me to see the need of one room schoolhouses again…So I’m going to look into getting one up and running and if anyone would like to get onboard they are more than welcome…

      1. This is true. Farfal wrote that in Argentina during the collapse, many parents who homeschooled had to stop, because they both had to work. Private schools that were affordable did a big business, if I remember the book correctly (read it several years ago).

        In one room schoolhouses, the children taught each other what they had learned, big kids helping little kids. Quite similar to a traditional style martial arts school, where yellow belts teach white belts.

        The style of teaching had to be very different, so if you want to try this, read some old books. Lots of group recitation too.

  7. One thing Selco didn’t say — but I’m sure was the case — was that EVERYBODY is a snitch under martial law, because they perceive this is how to gain favor, or at least stay off the radar. And this is true no matter where you live. If you are in a “prepper community” guaranteed somebody knows what you are, or suspects you are. This will be true in a small town, or a subdivision (especially) or a city neighborhood. I think overall he’s saying, “don’t be so cocky” and “what you think you can do, you can’t, so get over yourself.”

  8. To my American friends who won’t stand togther, I have a dejavu sense that you are mostly engaging in what too many Australians did and STILL do regarding gun control !, when I was active in a executive level in a large firearms rights organisation during the John Howard years prior and after the 1996 gun buy back, the very common refrain from hundreds of people I spoke to at gun shows and our organisational public meetings was ” I don’t shoot black powder ” or ” I only shoot IPSC ” or ” I am a member of deer stalkers Inc ” or [ insert your hobby here ] and they refused to stick up for each others discpline, very,very few are willing to stand up and fight for another disciplines right to exist. I personally don’t like boar hunting with dogs and sticking a knife in a boar from three feet away, I find it distasteful , however I am willing to stand up for their right to do so, Australians, like Americans are a very indpendant bunch of people, both continents were founded by hardy explorers, braving, weather, hostile natives, animals more than able to kill you, compound that with no maps, no gps and modern other technology, they all came with a desire to explore, theywere rugged pioneering individuals, they fostered the ability to adapt in harsh loneliness, to survive, the same traits today work against those in both countries who for the most part wish to be left alone, to be independant of the ” system “, we [ firearms owners] need to pull togther in order to survive, having your bunker or similar and tens of thousands of runs is great, but it is no longer good enough, the mentality that I see is the sure way we will lose, I saw it in Australia [ it still exists] I see it within the US, the firearms owners and their public voices are on the defensive, back pedaling, the rate of back pedaling in the US is increasing daily, I am not a religious crazy, but I CAN assure any you who choose to see this, for a NWO type order to come into being worldwide in the form of a totalatarian state, the very last nation to break must be and is the USA, the die I suspect is almost cast for a new order, can it be delayed for a set period of time ?, years ? decades ? a century ? maybe, I don’t know, but unless you Yanks stick together like S#$t on a blanket as we Aussie’s say, you are going to fall and fail, you GOT TO STICK TOGETHER !!!! get it ?. Being the Emu that sticks it’s head in the sand ain’t gonna work here guys, if it comes to it , many, many Australians will stand up and fight with you either way.

    ex pat Aussie

    1. Amen and Amen, ex pat Aussie.

      Lots of folks want to argue about which is the “best” gun rights organization.


      Don’t engage in fratricide of your own allies, friends. Support each other, work with each other. I guarantee that gun rights organization “XYZ” is a lot friendlier to your position than, say, Bloomberg and company, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, et al.

      Don’t shoot your friends — sounds like the first rule of political success.

  9. Last year this site recommended Valley Foods for binary triggers and I ordered same day because they were supposed to be in stock. I waited 3 months and they had no idea when they’d get more. I finally cancelled and ordered directly from Franklin Armory and received it about 3 weeks later. Save yourself some time and order directly from Franklin.

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