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 ”. Today, we focus on Armed Americans.
The Dreaded H.R. 8 Headed to Rules Committee
The dreaded unconstitutional H.R. 8–a nationwide ban on private party sales of guns –was ramrodded through the House Judiciary Committee last week. In the Democrat-dominated committee, NO amendments were approved and debate was cut short. The bill is next headed to the House Rules Committee for a brief hearing at 5 p.m. on February 25th. (The House Rules Committee has long been considered the Speaker’s pet committee, and is one of main sources of parliamentary power for the Speaker position.) There, it should get a “rubber stamp” approval, since Speaker Pelosi is fast-tracking the bill. A floor vote can be expected soon. It now has a frightening 232 co-sponsors. Please contact your Congrescritter and urge him/her to load up H.R. 8 with as many Killer Amendments as possible. Ditto for contacting your U.S. Senators, for the Senate version, which is dubbed S.42. Ask them to kill that bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Benchmade: Say It Isn’t So!
Video from Jon Patton at TGC: Is Benchmade Anti-Gun? – The Fight 
Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire
H.L. recommended this video: Interview: Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire 
Korwin Essay: Armed Americans
Reader Tim J. wrote to suggest this great essay: Korwin: The Great Secret Anti-Gunners Don’t See, Can’t See or Won’t See . The piece begins:
“This whole concealed carry thing is about being ready to shoot someone. Let’s not sugarcoat it in any way: You get a sidearm (or a dozen) and take at least minimal training (hopefully), or, better yet, lifelong training. And for what? So you know how to safely and accurately shoot someone, or a bunch of someones, if the need properly arises. Our laws back us up.
That, of course, horrifies the gunless, the hoplophobes, most liberals, power brokers in Congress and our enemies around the globe. Americans, uniquely, of their own volition and expense, go out and teach themselves how to shoot people. That’s pretty amazing when you think of it in such unvarnished terms.
Most of what you read in these pages, in gun books in your collection and during classes you’ve endured deals, directly or indirectly, with the art and science of shooting people, though for righteous reasons only, of course. (That last part completely escapes most enemies of the 2nd Amendment and has them perpetually fighting against us.)
If I lived in some other nation — a top-of-the-line one or the most backwater on the planet — I really would not want to attack a nation like that. I wouldn’t even want to get them angry. People who think that way and train that way, well … that’s a mindset you had best leave alone. Those folks do what they want, they protect themselves, they’re self-starters, there’s something truly exceptional about them.”
Federal Government Shares Terror Watchlist with Private Groups
H.L. sent us this: Federal government shares terror watchlist with over 1000 private groups: report .
Record Snowfall in Arizona
Also from H.L.: Winter storm brings record snowfall to parts of Arizona 
More About China’s Social Credit System
Peter spotted this: China’s social credit system shows its teeth, banning millions from taking flights, trains . A quote from the article:
“The annual blacklist is part of a broader effort to boost ‘trustworthiness’ in Chinese society and is an extension of China’s social credit system, which is expected to give each of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score.
The social credit system assigns both positive and negative scores for individual or corporate behaviour in an attempt to pressure citizens into behaving.
Human rights advocates, though, worry that the arbitrary system does not take into account individual circumstances and so often unfairly labels individuals and firms as untrustworthy.
Over 3.59 million Chinese enterprises were added to the official creditworthiness blacklist last year, banning them from a series of activities, including bidding on projects, accessing security markets, taking part in land auctions and issuing corporate bonds, according to the 2018 annual report released by the National Public Credit Information Centre.”
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And here is some commentary, by fellow blogger Michael Snyder: Is China’s Social Credit System A Preview Of The Coming “Beast System”? 
Palmetto’s Latest Sale: AR Carbine Build Kits
For folks who have been stockpiling AR -15 lower receivers, and who are hunting for affordable completion parts: Palmetto State Armory  (one of our fine affiliate advertisers ) has announced a short-term sale on their 16″ M4 Carbine Length 5.56 NATO Nitride Carrier “Freedom Rifle Kit” for just $279, with free shipping. That kit has everything that you’ll need for an M4gery build, except a stripped lower. No FFL is required to order that parts kit. This sale ends on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. At the PSA site, search on: SKU: 5165450351. Stack them deep!