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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at gun statistics.
California Volcano Risks
Thanks to reader S.B. for suggesting this article: California is famous for earthquakes and wildfires—but don’t forget about its volcanoes. JWR Adds: Californians should visit the California “My Hazards” web page, and take a look at the hazards lists for their particular ZIP codes.
Gun Law Onslaught in Virginia
Colion Noir recently posted this commentary: Virginia turns Anti-Gun overnight with Bloomberg – Waste no time with gun confiscation SB16,18,64. Sadly, Noir is right. It doesn’t matter if the GOA and NRA are playing 3D Chess, if Mikey Bloomberg’s wallet is playing Tackle Football. He is simply out-spending them, and he has the mainstream media on his side. So please generously support the GOA, The Firearms Coalition (TFC), the JPFO, and State-level gun rights defending organizations such as Gun Owners Action League of Washington. Meanwhile, as a hedge, build yourself a private (no paperwork) battery of capable guns. Why? Because there may be no voting our way out of this. It has been aptly said that the ultimate votes are from the rooftops.
A New Hyper Glue
C.B. sent us this from Tech Xplore: New ‘hyper glue’ formula developed. A snippet:
“The team of chemists and composite materials researchers discovered a broadly applicable method of bonding plastics and synthetic fibres at the molecular level in a procedure called cross-linking. The cross-linking takes effect when the adhesive is exposed to heat or long-wave UV light making strong connections that are both impact-resistant and corrosion-resistant. Even with a minimal amount of cross-linking, the materials are tightly bonded.”
Horse Stolen and Slaughtered for its Meat
Spotted by reader Tim J.: Florida horse stolen and slaughtered for its meat, sheriff’s office says.
The Bonus Baby Gift AR
This one was sent by blog reader Todd B.: Semi-automatic rifle found inside baby shower gift bought at Florida Goodwill. Todd’s Comments: “My first thought is someone stashed an item in a place they thought was never going to be found, and the guy may be pretty upset when he asks his wife: ‘Honey, where is that box with the kids clothing that was in the closet? You did WHAT???’
But other articles I read from the newspapers also suggest a concerning issue. When the police arrived, whom the family called, they first checked IDs to make sure the people there had the correct permits to be in possession of a gun. Then, a couple days later the department requested they turn over the gun. I think they should have been allowed to keep it.”
China Requires Facial Scans
Chinese government forces people to scan their face before they can use internet as surveillance efforts mount. (A hat tip tp Krissy for the link.)
The ATF’s Staggering Gun Statistics
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: ATF: 423 Million guns in America, 1.2 per person, 8.1 Billion rounds of ammunition a year.. Here is a quote:
“America’s love affair with guns is only getting stronger.
New federal data shows that there are 422.9 million firearms in circulation, or about 1.2 guns for every person in the country.
What’s more, despite years of criticism of modern “assault-style” rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47, there are a record 17.7 million in private hands, proving that it is the most popular gun around.
And last year alone, the arms industry produced 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition.”
JWR’s Commeht: Some other staggering figures are the number of detachable magazines that are in circulation, and the number produced for the civilian market each year. There are roughly 11 million guns made each year and more than 40% of those are semi-autos. I can safely estimate that there are three magazines produced for each semi-auto pistol, and 8 for each rifle. I any politicians thinks that they can “ban” 11+ round magazines, then they are delusional. Attempting to buy them up would cost taxpayers billions and ultimately would be a huge failure.
Tiny Woodlands are Important
C.B. sent us this from Phys.org: Tiny woodlands are more important than previously thought. The article starts with this:
“Small woodlands in farmland have more benefits for humans per area, compared to large forests according to a new study. The small woodlands, sometimes even smaller than a football field, can easily go unnoticed in agricultural landscapes. Yet, these small forest remnants can store more carbon in the topsoil layer, are more suitable for hunting activities and host fewer ticks than large forests.”