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 Michael Bloomberg’s planed war on private gun sales.
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New Zealand Volcano Eruption
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: New Zealand volcano eruption ‘too dangerous’ for rescue crews on White Island… The text that accompanies the video reads:
“In New Zealand, at least five people have been killed in a volcanic eruption on White Island, a popular tourist destination. Around 50 people are believed to have been on the island at the time of the eruption. Emergency services say the number of people missing is in double digits. Most of the survivors who have been taken off the island are injured, and some have suffered severe burns. Hours after the eruption, police say they fear there will be more casualties. The difficult conditions are complicating search and rescue efforts. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there will be a time for questions about why the island remained open to visitors despite warnings the volcano could erupt.”
Bloomberg’s War on Private Gun Sales
Reader DSV sent this: Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout. JWR’s Comment: Although Mikey Bloomberg is being touted as a “moderate” Democrat by the mainstream media, he is actually one of the most rabidly anti-gun Democrat candidates. Note that he advocates both “universal background checks” (a private party transfer ban ) and a 48-hour hold on taking possession. Together, those new laws would absolutely destroy gun shows, as we now know them. Bloomberg has repeatedly demonstrated a loathing of the Second Amendment. Oh, and his view of the First Amendment is also quite frightening.
Did The Saudi Terrorist Get His Gun “Legally”?
Reader H.L. sent us this about the NAS Pensacola terrorist: Reports: Saudi Shooter Got Gun Legally. The article begins;
“Multiple reports are indicating that the Saudi student who shot up the Naval Air Station in Pensacola Friday morning, killing three and wounding more acquired the weapon he used legally from a local dealer.
Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force who was in the US as an aviation student, was able to buy a gun despite the fact that “nonimmigrant aliens” are not permitted to do so, according to NBC News.
The BATF notes that anyone admitted to the US under a nonimmigrant visa is typically “prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing a firearm or ammunition,” however, those with a valid hunting license or permit, and those who were admitted for “lawful hunting or sporting purposes” are able to purchase firearms.
Alshamrani was able to get such a license, according to sources cited by NBC, allowing him to undergo a background check, which in Florida involves a three-day waiting period, per state law.
The Washington Post further notes that another ATF regulation allows non-citizens to possess firearms if they’re from ‘a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business.'”
Police Destroy Shelters for Homeless Vets
And another from H.L.: Police Destroy Shelters for Homeless Vets in Freezing Winnipeg Without Warning. A snippet:
“Homeless residents in Winnipeg are facing potentially months in the freezing cold after police in the capital of Canada’s Manitoba province tore down a number of donated warming huts.
The warming huts, which were built by students at Stonewall Collegiate and installed by community patrol group the Urban Knights and Ladies Peace Patrol, were meant to offer much-needed shelter to unhoused veterans and other people experiencing homelessness in the area.”
Some News from WESTPAC
Ben mentioned this CSBA report: Tightening the Chain: Implementing a Strategy of Maritime Pressure in the Western Pacific. JWR’s Comment: China’s construction of artificial islands in the shallows of international waters showed that they have a strategic long-term view. They now have their toe-hold…