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 Red Flag Law Tyranny.
More Red Flag Law Tyranny
Headline: Maryland Man Killed in No-Knock SWAT Raid Was Shot While Asleep, Family Says . JWR Asks: Why was this gun seizure raid carried out at 4:30 A.M.? If the goal was to simply seize weapons, and not arrest the man, then why wouldn’t they simply execute a search warrant at a time when they knew he would be at school? Let me be blunt: These “red flag law” raids are actually a form of SWATing , under the color of law. Red Flag laws are gross violations of our Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights. This was the second Red Flag raid killing in Maryland. (The first was in 2019 .)
I’ll also make a prediction: Someday in the near future, some “Red Flagged” gun owner will be waiting, well-armed, and he or she will kill several police officers in a SWAT team before they even have the chance to turn around and return fire. (Yes, if that individual is clever, he will be lined up to engage a SWAT “stack” from behind.)
The “Red Flag” law tyranny must end. The sooner that the Supreme Court hears a challenge case, the better!
Unresolved Questions About COVID-19
Our Editor-At-Large Michael Z. Williamson recommended this thought-provoking essay by a brilliant Stanford University epidemiologist: A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable dat a.
Updated Continuity of Government Plans Revealed
Chris posted a comment that mentioned this fascinating article: Exclusive: Inside The Military’s Top Secret Plans If Coronavirus Cripples the Government 
Coronavirus: Ammo & Firearms Shortages
Coronavirus; Ammo & Firearms Shortages And What Is Coming In The Future . “This is much worse than the Sandy Hook scare.” Mr. GunsnGear predicting a minimum increase of 10% on ammo prices, chronic ammo shortages, including .22 rimfire. Ditto for full capacity magazines. He’s comparing this to an epidemic. Panic now and beat the rush.
Estimating Actual COVID 19 Cases, Based on Deaths
DEA Returns $82,000 Life Savings Confiscated at Airport
Reader DSV sent this: DEA Returns $82,000 Life Savings Confiscated at Airport but Doesn’t Explain Why 
We’re Not Going Back to Normal
MIT Technology Review: We’re not going back to normal . A pericope:
“To stop coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, manage our health, educate our kids, take care of family members.
We all want things to go back to normal quickly. But what most of us have probably not yet realized—yet will soon—is that things won’t go back to normal after a few weeks, or even a few months. Some things never will.
It’s now widely agreed (even by Britain, finally ) that every country needs to “flatten the curve”: impose social distancing  to slow the spread of the virus so that the number of people sick at once doesn’t cause the health-care system to collapse, as it is threatening to do in Italy right now. That means the pandemic needs to last, at a low level, until either enough people have had Covid-19 to leave most immune (assuming immunity lasts for years, which we don’t know ) or there’s a vaccine.“
Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Virus
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Merkel calls coronavirus ‘greatest challenge since WWII’ in rare address urging German solidarity.