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Earthquake, flood, natural disaster and emergency preparedness for Manila
Firearms for self-protection after a disaster
Posted June 9th, 2011 by anthony in I have not seen any of the mainstream preparedness information resources discuss the effectiveness of firearms for self-protection after a major disaster. Usually it is left to the niche survivalist sites to tackle. Perhaps the subject is too politically sensitive for large organizations. Generally, the focus is simply on stocking up on supplies, making a plan and then taking your lead from 'The Authorities'. Unfortunately, recent examples have shown that for some time after a disaster, the authorities are often nowhere to be seen. Looting and violent crime surge while ordinary people are left to fend for themselves against criminals. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans suffered from widespread looting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_Hurricane_Katrina_in_New_Orleans#Civil_disturbances) . Survivors of the Chilean Earthquke of 2010 were forced to form their own local watch group against criminals, arming themselves with makeshift weapons (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35688813/ns/world_news-chile_earthquake/t/chileansurvivors-arm-selves-against-looters/) . In Haiti, criminals fought with other earthquake survivors
scarce resources. One Haitian witness said, "All the policemen are busy rescuing and burying their own families. They don't have the time to patrol the streets." Interestingly, the 2011 Earthquake in Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Tōhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami) proved to be an exception. There, the quake victims were orderly, looting was almost non-existent and even the Yakuza enforced order (http://www.slate.com/id/2288514/pagenum/all/#p2) while helping to distribute relief goods (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42268837/ns/world_news-asia-pacific/) .
Post-disaster Manila will not be orderly
Will a post-disaster Manila more resemble Japan or Haiti? It's silly even to pose the question when we have, as a normal occurrence, akyat-bahay (house intruder) gangs who sneak into homes, sometimes killing the occupants for low value items. Of course, there's a place for expecting the best out of your fellow man and people often pull together during adversity. Just don't rely on this happening. It seems likely that desperation will cause more people to use violence on others. In particular, the people who've taken the effort to prepare beforehand may become a target of envy from those who did nothing, or those unfortunate enough to have lost everything. We must accept the fact that people may want to do us harm and there is no tool more effective at repelling them than a firearm in the hands of a trained person. Sticks, pepper-spray, unarmed selfhttp://preparemanila.org/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster Page 1 of 6
learn how to use it I realize that advocating this is controversial but I would be doing you a great disservice by simply ignoring the topic.com/shooting. 'Prepper' and survivalist sites. A handgun can be kept with you at all times and easily concealed so as not to cause alarm.armscorshootingranges. on its own. Shotgun shells are also widely available and cheaper than rifle ammunition.com/) . usually US-based. I believe that the best combination for those of us living in Manila is the handgun and shotgun. There's little point in stocking up on supplies when everything can be taken away by a street thug or desperate mob. Get a gun. these well-meaning people are sadly misguided. A deeper discussion belongs elsewhere (http://progun. Nevertheless. Jethro (http://www. the tight confines of our city would mean that the longer range of a rifle may pose a risk to innocent people if you miss your target. Secondly. Fortunately. (And if someone is at a distance where you'd need a rifle. If you are a novice. they're not likely to pose an immediate danger so why would you be shooting at them?) Personally.stronghandinc. If you are at all serious about preparedness. however. the only 'game' you're likely to hunt will probably be disease-ridden rats. First of all. cats and dogs. that using your firearm against an adversary should obviously be considered the absolute last option. often advocate that you should have three types of firearms: a handgun. your family and your property.com/range.html) and Stronghand (http://www.html) are just a few of the the more popular clubs in Manila. cover many articles and generate heated debate. Types of firearms useful in a disaster The subject of which types of firearms for a disaster sitauation can. I don't think this advice quite applies to Manila residents. Armscor (http://www. you need to get a gun and learn how to use it. dealing with reality means acknowledging that the danger exists. Their reasoning is that this covers you for the range of uses from concealed carry and home defense to hunting game for food. Filipino civilians can legally own firearms and the country has an active sport shooting culture so there are many information sources available. Some believe that the best way to protect people is to strive for a 'gunless society'.Firearms for self-protection after a disaster | preparemanila. Let me be clear.ph/content/armed-and-dangerous-who-are-they-really) so all I will say here is that if a major disaster hits the Philippines. I'll just give you a summary of my opinion on the matter. many things you can do to avoid that situation altogether. http://preparemanila. While they are entitled to their point-of-view. our society will definitely not be gunless.org 14/08/2011 22:44 defence and strong words all have their place but only a firearm enables a weaker person to repel several stronger attackers. a rifle and a shotgun. there are many. The shotgun provides more power while being reasonably priced and versatile. do yourself a big favor and join a gun club.jethrodionisio. Preparedness includes being ready to protect yourself. There you can get more information about training and legally purchasing a firearm.org/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster Page 2 of 6 .
these are expensive and the sale of HPRs to civilians are restricted. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. 2. Always assume that the gun is loaded.org/wiki/M4_carbine) (technically a carbine (http://en. A major earthquake or flood is unlikely to turn Manila into a war zone so stocking up like Rambo may not be the best use of your resources.org/wiki/Carbine) ) or AK-47 (http://en. grandparents and especially women. Firearms do this more effectively than any other tool. it's prudent to expect a rise in violent crime like looting.wikipedia.org/wiki/AK-47) . The expense and effort it takes to procure one may be better spent on other areas. Also remember that those who are most at risk would be the weaker members of your family such as children. However.wikipedia. http://preparemanila.wikipedia. Springfield XD 45 and Ruger LCP pistols Many Filipino preppers. M4 (http://en. hold-ups.org 14/08/2011 22:44 Firearms for home protection after a disaster: Mossberg 500 with a variety of loads. Please practice peaceful and responsible firearms ownership Remember to observe the four rules of firearm safety: 1. Examples of these include the AR-15 (http://en. like learning first aid (/category/tags/first-aid) or buying food and medical supplies.wikipedia.org/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster Page 3 of 6 .org/wiki/AR-15) . Some tend to look down on the shotgun as an inferior cousin and believe that you must have a HPR for any serious civil unrest situation. Choose what suits your situation Ultimately you should choose what suits your situation while considering what's most likely to happen. If your situation allows you the opportunity to own a carbine or high-powered rifle. like their American counterparts.Firearms for self-protection after a disaster | preparemanila. rapes and armed home invasions. However. great. You may not be around to protect them so it's important to ensure that they're capable of protecting themselves. are also fans of what are classed in the Philippines as 'high powered rifles' (HPRs). there's nothing wrong with having more tools in your toolbox.
2011 .org/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster Page 4 of 6 .org 14/08/2011 22:44 3.. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. please visit progun.09:20. Would you like to share some insights into your experience with Ondoy and Milenyo? Dilbert forgot something.17:25. 4.ph (http://progun. http://preparemanila. Good to hear from you VTHC and thanks for visiting. survivor of ondoy and milenio checking in Share some insights? (/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster#comment-4) Submitted by anthony on 29 June. 2011 . For more information. 2011 .Firearms for self-protection after a disaster | preparemanila.01:53.. (/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster#comment-20) Submitted by anthony on 1 August. prepper here from south manila.ph) Add Post Bookmark Email Share Comments prepper here from south (/content/firearms-self-protection-after-disaster#comment-3) Submitted by VTHC (not verified) on 24 June. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.