Rourke’s thoughts on Newtown, Connecticut massacre…….

Terrible. There are no words to describe what sorrow, what frustration, what agony the friends, parents and relatives of those killed must be going through. What a waste of human lives destroyed by an evil and sick person. Regarding the specifics of the event – I don’t think there is much more to say. As I said – there are no words…..


Now – I really struggled whether or not to write this. Should I even write anything? Will my words be taken as some kind of disrespect? Well – obviously I decided to provide my thoughts. I have now written and rewrote this several times. I feel I have a responsibility to all of you, and my site to express my opinion. The event itself is over – except for the grieving of the relatives. What now? That is the gazillion dollar question.


It is pretty obvious this event along with several other recent shootings have fueled those that are in favor of stricter gun control measures. I understand their frustration and their passion. I do not agree – but I understand. I think it will be very difficult for politicians to argue and vote against further gun restrictions as the media will show them as being against laws that could save children. That is the typical lamestream media spin. Legislation will be brought forward and I believe something will be passed. How restrictive? Well, that is a good question. I think at a minimum something similar to the Assault Weapons Ban of yesteryear will be passed. 


Now – if nothing happens – fine.


If gun control measures banning certain firearms and specific capacity magazines are passed – what does this mean to us? First – we WILL be able to buy guns to protect us. Don’t freak out. Now – it may be much more expensive and we may not be able to get the firearm we would like to have and that which would work best – but firearms will be available.  With the last assault weapons ban, magazines for semi-automatic rifles, carbines and pistols were reduced to a maximum of 10-rounds. Could you purchase higher capacity magazines? Yes – but at a very high cost.  I truly suspect that the next “ban” will be worse than the last. Ammunition may become more difficult to purchase should there be some kind of taxation or registration enacted. 




There are an endless number of restrictions that could be enacted. The bottom line is – if you are prepper, and you feel that a semi-automatic, magazine fed pistol or rifle is what you need in your preparedness system – go get it now. I visited my local Academy Sports on Tuesday and they had completely sold out of all semi-automatic centerfire rifles and most rimfire as well.  Working my way to a large gun shop near my house they had very few semi-automatic rifles. Word from their distributor is that they have 15 being shipped to them – and then that is it for the foreseeable future.


Want an AK or and AR-15? Go put one on lay-a-way. Have one on lay-a-way? Order some magazines for it. Want the latest GLOCK 55ZX with electronic trigger and infrared target acquisition system – no better time than the present.


Like most preppers do – stock up now while you still can. While your at it – join me in a prayer for the 26 victims. 



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  1. I think it’s a little early to tell what would happen with any ban, but you’re right… if you really believe you need something then better to be safe than sorry and go get it now.

  2. At least here in Texas we have some (not all, or even most) school districts who recognize that they are the guardians of the children. They either have armed security on campus (either district police or local LE who are working an extra job) or they allow (and in some cases even pay extra) the teachers and administrators to carry concealed firearms.

    Nothing can excuse a coward who shoots 5 and 6 year old children before killing his own sorry ass. I have to admit that I am not a spiritual person, but there really should be a special purgatory for this slimeball.

    The following is taken from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:

    In 2008-2010 the USA averaged 9.2 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. In spite of the 2nd Amendment, several states and cities have onerous laws regulating the ownership, transfer, and carry of personal firearms.

    In 2010 Panama averaged 12.92 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Panamanians are allowed to own a wide variety of firearms and ammunition (full auto, silencers, and armor piercing are prohibited). In order to purchase a firearm a urine and blood sample are required (to prove you are not on drugs and provide the feds with a DNA sample) and the wait to receive permission for the purchase can be 8 to 10 weeks.

    In 2010 Switzerland averaged 3.5 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Note that Switzerland requires all males between 19 and 34 to keep their government issued battle rifle (fully automatic as oppossed to the semi-auto versions US civilians have access to) at their home.

    In 2009 Israel had 1.86 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Note that Israel conscripts every citizen (male and female) at the age of 17 (some are deferred, but with few exceptions all serve at some point) and Israelis remain on reserve until they are 49. Every Israeli who has been through military training and who is under tha age of 49 is issued and required to annually qualify with a Galil or Tavor and to keep is readily available. Many Israelis carry their personal weapon with them as they go about their day to day activities.

    So what’s the point? It seems apparent that countries who issue their citizens fully automatic battle rifles and allow them to keep them in their homes or on their person have substantially lower firearm related deaths than countries which have restrictive firearm regulations.

    Seriously, would Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, or Sandy Hook have happened if the perps knew that someone, maybe several someones, would be armed and ready to defend themselves with deadly force?

    Please note the manner in which several retailers who previously sold AR and AK style firearms have responded to the vitriol spewed forth by Feinstein and others – make certain you are spending your money with those who support our rights rather than with those who cave in at the first hint of criticism.

  3. Question- for my 9mm (totally new at this by the way), I have only purchased FMJ ammo thus far. Is this sufficient for home protection, or should I be buying the $1/bullet fancy home protection stuff?

    • Rae –

      Thanks for stopping buy and commenting. FMJ bullets can and often do pass through bodies, doors, and walls. They certainly inflict damage and can be used for home defense – or any defense for that matter. Most of my ammunition storage is of this type. Now – the JHP – jacketed hollow pint is designed to expand and slow down – releasing all of its energy inside whatever it hits. This is great ammunition for home defense as should you have the unfortunate need to shoot an intruder – the bullet is less likely to over penetrate and possibly injure someone behind your target. It can still happen – but JHP bullets reduce the chance.

      Hope this helps.


  4. Rourke,
    Thank you for writings this, I think most of us “preppers” feel the same as you do
    Our hearts ache for the families and friends of these precious little ones and their teachers that have lost their lives in this senseless act of violence. It isn’t wrong that we share in their grief and still want our 2nd amendment rights. Thank You

  5. Well said Rourke. I too grieve and pray for the families and friends of those killed.

    Harry you had a good post as well, and I hope that my home state will follow through with similar legislation. I have copied an excerpt of an article from M.D. Creekmoore’s website on 12/18/2012.

    Tennessee has emerged this week as a center of the “the answer is more guns in schools” sentiment following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting. State Sen. Frank Niceley (R) told TPM on Tuesday he believes it’s time for that to change. He plans to introduce legislation in the next session, which begins Jan. 8, that will require all schools to have an armed staff member of some kind. The current language of the bill — which is in its early form — would allow for either a so-called “resource officer” (essentially an armed police officer, the kind which most Tennessee high schools have already) or an armed member of the faculty or staff in every school in the state.

  6. so, there was another tragity and now all the compassionate people want to make the world safe…..what a laugh.
    cut to the chase….man is evil, through and through….man kills all the time….for food, for protection, to enforce thier opimion, and even to get rid of unwanted babies. people die every day, all around the world and the world continues…

    whose fault….let’s start with the parents, yeah, that’s right…..they take thier treasures and leave them in the hands of straingers, then another starainger comes to settle a grudge against those who he blames… the news communnity gets in the act, telling the horrible details, names and ages….

    sorry folks, you put your children in a”gun free zone”….that reads “free kill zone”… was your own fault

    now everybody wants to ban assault weapons…..wrong again. there aren’t very many assault guns in the streets, they are damned expensive, too expensive for the normal people….but hey, call them whatever makes you feel better.

    so, what are you gonna do when you are faced with a threatening situation? call the cops….if you can, hope the men that you pay to protect you will show up with their guns, in time to save you……good luck with that

    still depending on the kindness of straingers

  7. sorry but i consider this post a surrender document. we do nothing wrong and then lose freedoms and suddenly its alright?

    i can’t be a part of this type thinking. good luck all.

    • Sol –

      I am not sure where you got that from. I absolutely disagree with any form of gun control. What I am stating is that I believe – my opinion – that there will be some form of gun control that comes out f this event. I do not welcome it not support it. A surrender document? No – I am stating my opinion and make a recommendation that if you feel the need to have the types of firearms that are the target of gun control people – get it now.


  8. No legislation enacted into law will eliminate evil or protect us from soul-less deviants determined to make a name for themselves. There is a moral vacuum in this country, we have been desensitized to it, it’s on the news and in the papers daily but it now takes atrocities like this to remind us of how far we’ve fallen.

    No doubt our politicians will ignore the real issues -as they always want to do- and pass their magic wand over the problem. They’ll shake hands and pat themselves on the back and tell us that we can take comfort in their action. And while they return home to their gated communities and send their children to overly patrolled private schools… we’ll still be living with this sh*t, and lesser equipped to even the odds.

  9. Johnsborro and Texas…Got my vote.. I too am in the hills n hollars of E TN and have talked to several LEO’s in the area. All second this theory..

    As with any of these mass shootings, I suspect that there is a ton of info there we will never see of hear about. Call it conspiracy theory, call it paranoia, the powers at hand have another issue in mind for us. We all know it and see it.

    I have said for years we should adopt the Isrealie frame of mind. Like you all have read above, the other countries mentioned do not have a problem. And what about Kenasaw GA. Somehow these people just dont get it.

    Merry Christams to all and BE SAFE

  10. Rourke,
    Let me preface this by saying I am still greatly saddened by what happened, I have three daughters in school and being in EMS I try to distance myself mentally when I get a run involving a kid because of my girls. Now to the point, forgive me if I’m wrong, but I am pretty sure I saw that you read Matt Brackens trilogy. This administration has been after guns in one fashion or another since day one. There has been many (too many) public shootings since since BHR hath moved in. Just to recall the most recent (again, please I am not trying to be insensitive) the Colorado shooting which was terrible. But look at the shooter, he was withdrawn, no real motive, didn’t remember much of anything. The populace was outraged, furious but not enough to push their reps to push for “BANS”. And now we have CT school shooting, children! This is the straw the broke the camels back so to speak…
    I’ve read Bracken’s books twice now, either the man had a time machine or a crystal ball.

    • OhioEMT –

      I have not read those books – but I see what you are getting at. Believe me – that has entered my mind as well as many others. I hope that is not the case.

      Take care – Rourke

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