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 record gun sales.
March, 2020: A New Record for U.S. Gun Sales!
Despite the fact that many state and local governments were sporadically closing down gun stores, and despite the fact that most gun shows were cancelled, and despite the fact that New Jersey shut down ALL gun sales, the month of March 2020 saw an all-time record for the number of FBI background checks for FFL gun transfers. It was a whopping: 3,740,688. Wow! That is more than a 1 million transfer increase, from February.
Of course that figure does not include multiple sales to the same individual. (You can buy as many guns as you want and put them all on the same ATF Form 4473–and get just ONE background check.) Nor does the monthly tally reflect private party sales. Nor home builds. Nor-pre-1899 gun sales. Suffice it to say, Americans bought a lot of guns in March, and they will probably buy just as many in April. Since an armed society is a polite society, America’s Politeness Quotient just increased. Please help any of your neighbors who are first-time gun buyers to learn safe gun handling.
More Americans Heading For The Hills
The Reuters news service reports: Amid coronavirus scare, Americans flock to remote land, survival retreats. A snippet:
“On March 7, Internet searches for rural properties spiked by 364% over the previous year, according to data provided to the Thomson Reuters Foundation by Redfin, a national real estate broker.“
How Taiwan Overcame it’s Face Mask Shortage
The COVID-19 Virus May Have Been in Humans For Years
Andre sent this: The COVID-19 Virus May Have Been in Humans For Years, Study Suggests
Retailers Prepare For Civil Unrest; Board-Up Stores
H.L. sent us this, over at Zero Hedge: Retailers Prepare For Civil Unrest; Boarded-Up Stores Seen From SoHo To Beverly Hills. And Fox News reports: Store owners boarding up buildings across Manhattan.
Coronavirus May Hit Rural America Later — and Harder
Ani suggested this piece, at Vox: The coronavirus may hit rural America later — and harder.
Up to 10 Percent of Recovered COVID Patients Test Positive Again
Reader C.B. spotted this news item: Up to 10 percent of recovered coronavirus patients test positive again, report says
States Ban Sales of Seeds, Meat Packers Closed
A recent vlog from Ice Age Farmer: States Ban Sales of Seeds – Meat Packers Closed – Food Shutdown
R.I. Police and National Guard Stopping Cars with New York Plates
C.M. sent us this: Rhode Island police, National Guard begin stopping cars with NY plates and going door-to-door to enforce quarantine. Here is how the article begins:
“Rhode Island police have begun stopping cars with New York license plates, and the National Guard will soon help officials conduct house-to-house searches to force anyone who has traveled from New York to enter isolation.
Raimondo on Thursday issued an executive order enforceable by law mandating that anyone who has traveled to New York via any form of transportation must enter into a two-week self-quarantine.
The order applies to anyone who has been in New York within the past two weeks and will remain in place until at least April 25. The order, however, does not apply to public health, public safety or health care workers.”
Apple iOS 13.4 Release Compromises VPN Protection
Reader C.B. sent us this troubling privacy news, for Apple users: iOS 13.4 release compromises VPN protection
New Coronavirus Test: Results in Five Minutes
Fox News report: New coronavirus test can return results in 5 minutes. (Thanks to C.B. for the link.)
UK Preppers Plan to Get Medieval
And to end this column on a humorous note, reader Simon in England sent this pseudo-news from The Sun: The coronavirus stockpilers who use BB guns & chainsaws to protect their huge hauls & even keep them under lock & key. JWR Adds This Helpful Tip: Your mileage may vary with an electric chainsaw, in the midst of a power failure.