Do You Need a Gun to Garden?★ 4.93 out of 5 [180 Votes]
Well guns aren’t really that useful for digging or anything like that. But do you need a gun if you are becoming self-reliant? Let me tell you a true story that happened to me an made me decide to go buy several guns.
Back when we were first produced the DVD “Grow Your Own Groceries” I went around to different local stores to see if they would sell it.
I was at a shop talking with the owner about carrying the DVD in his store. He was congenial enough, but looked me right in the eye and told me “I will never need to grow food”. I told him that you never knew what was coming and being able to grow food could be a crucial skill. He folded his arms across his chest and flatly told me he would never have to grow food.
I wondered, did he have a big cache of backup food supplies? Was he already really good at growing food?
But no, he didn’t have stored food nor a garden or livestock.
I asked him why he would never need to be able to produce his own food? Did he not believe anything bad could happen. “Oh, I totally get we could have a collapse at any time” he said. “Yes, an epidemic, or terrorist attack, these could cause really big problems for us” he said.
I couldn’t help but wonder why he wouldn’t want to be more prepared with skills that would be essential in times of trouble.
Puzzled, I asked him again “but if you recognize possible problems coming, why don’t you think you would ever need to grow food?”.
He looked me for a long moment as if I was sort of stupid and said “because I have this”, and from under the counter he pulled out a big black semi-automatic gun.
He carefully laid it on the counter between us pointed in a direction away from anyone.
He wasn’t threatening me, just showing.
I stared at the gun not understanding, and I asked him “What do you mean?”
“Well, if anything happens” he said as if speaking to a child, “it is like this; with this gun I can get all the food I need from people like you who”.
Several customers had been drawn into listening to our conversation agreed with the shop owner. apparently they too owned guns and figured that if law and order completely broke down, well, they could go about and take whatever they needed.
They were ordinary looking people and I would have never guessed they would have this kind of thinking.
I was speechless. And I didn’t sell any videos.
Now I live in Texas, which has a proud tradition of gun ownership. Buying, selling, and swapping guns is easy and legal – in fact, it is a major pastime for many Texans. And while Texas may be on the more extreme end of the spectrum, that kind of mentality exists in some form everywhere.
Within the history of recent periods it is well documented that crime and violence go up as economic conditions go down. And there certainly are scenarios where law and order break down. Having some level of defense is an important skill.
I used to be the kind of woman who couldn’t even look at the glass case where the guns were in the sports shop. I would avoid my eyes while on the way to the sleeping bags or camping section.
But after the experience with the shop keeper, I realized I needed to learn a whole new set of skills and get over my fears about guns. And I begna to put a bit more emphasis on understanding defense.
In an upcoming article I’ll write about what guns I’ve ended up choosing to use and why. And I’ll do a short series on resources that I’ve found particularly useful for understanding principles of defense.
As shocking as the experience with the shopkeeper was, I see it as a good thing. It opened my eyes to a reality I hadn’t been willing to look at. While this site is mostly dedicated to food and medicine, I will be bringing forward what I’ve been learning about personal and home defense.
What a shocker…. huh?
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of "homegrown food on every table." Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her "Grow Your Own Groceries" video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.
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