Quote of the day—Trevor Burrus

After we come out of this pandemic, the stockpiling of food and water is likely to go up. There could be more anxiety about times when such essentials are unobtainable or difficult to get, and there will be an understanding that if that time occurs, there will be desperate people who might be dangerous. Protecting yourself and your loved ones might then be necessary. It could be better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Trevor Burrus
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 could change the gun control debate for a generation

I suppose that true. And Justice Ginsberg could decide the 2nd Amendment means what it says. But that’s not the way to bet.

I see COVID-19 giving us a another 5% points in elections for maybe three to five years. That might be enough to get enough judges in the courts to make the difference between winning and losing. But it’s still a close call.

I’m still sending lots of money to SAF and FPC to keep those lawsuits going because the game is still a long, long way from being over.

H/T to Stranger for the pointer.—Joe]


12 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Trevor Burrus

  1. Unfortunately, having a few weeks of food stores is illegal in some states and countries.

    My lady participates in some online discussions and some of her friends are located in the UK. When she made a suggestion that they buy some rice and beans and other long term food items to prepare for this sort of things her UK people thought that she was snarking at them.

    Seems that in the UK, if you get any money from the government, you are not allowed to stockpile food. Stockpiling being defined as having more than a weeks worth of food in your home. And the police can come inspect your home for stockpiles of food and they do.

    In MI, having more than two weeks of food stockpiled is illegal. A few years ago the schools assigned a project where the students were suppose to take pictures of the food stores in their homes. There was a concern that these pictures would be used to label some as hoarders and that the police might intervene.

    I have a friend that has an off again on again employment history. Mostly on. They put about $25/week into long term food stores. There have been times when they were out of work for over six months and they lived on their food stores in order to make the money stretch.

    The definition of a hoarder is somebody that spent their money yesterday when it was cheap to buy something that you want today and aren’t willing to pay asking price.

    • This says a lot about the sad state of our ‘modern’ lifestyle and attitudes. I wonder how officials will react as some with gardens can or freeze enough to last months? Are they going to outlaw freezers and root cellars? The same goes for buying pork or beef by the side or for people with chickens that intend to eat them.

    • When did Michigan leave the United States? This definition of hoarding as having more than a week or two of food, instead of a definition of your house looking like a recycling center, is perilously close to the Soviet idea of hoarding which was instituted to control people with food. How many steps from the arbitrary rules in (formerly) GB and Michigan to the Holodomor?
      It’s only been this year that I first saw the meme of Josef Stalin with the caption, “Dark humor is like food. Not everyone gets it.”

      As for not being allowed to buy ahead in (f)GB because you receive money from the government, most states here have laws that prohibit people on welfare from having any sort of savings account.
      We are farther along the road to serfdom than I thought.

      • Under Pol Pot, you weren’t allowed to have your own cooking utensils. So I guess the only difference between the Khmer rouge and the UK is a matter of degrees?
        I think the biggest problem is in peoples mental herd connection. Your a hoarder! your a racist! You some kind of constitutionalist? If you’ve ever been labeled, your no longer part of the herd. Can you imagine have this conversation with someone that went through the great depression? Do you think they would care about being called a hoarder? Or, some cop coming to inspect their house for “extra” food?
        I can hear grandpa now. Call me anything, but late for dinner! Ha!
        If were this far gone mentally in our society. Gun control is the least of our worries.

        • My parents went through the great depression. My mother was never a “prepper” and if you were to call her one today she would be offended. Yet she keeps a good three or four weeks of food on hand all the time. It was how she was raised.

          Our family will often pick up a ham or turkey when they are on sale. Not because we are hoarding but because it is cheap meat. It wasn’t on this weeks meal list but who is going to pass up $0.89/lb bone in ham with a 70% yield when 85% ground beef is selling for $3.25?

          There was a reason why it use to be the case that people had a ham dinner once a week with the rest of the ham going to left overs. It was low cost and yummy.

    • If keeping a sufficient supply of food on hand for emergencies is as you present it – i.e., actually illegal – that is, quite literally, insane. Bat-shit, Satan / Diabolical-Narcisist / control-freak insane.It’s a one-way ticket to controlling people through privation and dependency during any disruptions. This is earthquake country – according to one official report I saw, King Country thought a worst case scenario might leave people in outlying or hardest hit areas on their own for up to six weeks.

      My parents were born in the late 1920s. They grew up through the depression, then WWII, then lived in Alaska where the food came in by barge from time to time. I’ve ALWAYS had a stock pile of some sort. The thought of being down to only a weeks’ worth would cause me loss of sleep and more. Any parent who lets it get below at least three weeks supply around here is either flat broke or derelict in their duty to provide for their family properly…. and never one I’d be likely to listen to for advice, as they are demonstrably unwise.

    • GB doesn’t count since there are no civil rights there except what the government grudgingly permits at the time. But in the US, the 1st Amendment applies, and if MI tries to outlaw having more than 2 weeks worth of food, any observant Mormon would have a lovely Federal case against them.

  2. Changing the gun control debate is trivially easy. As Lyle/everyone has pointed out. Arrest and convict a few politicians and it would disappear in a matter of minutes. And finding a rights violating politician would be about as hard as finding a rock in Utah.
    But for some reason we just can’t get any of the professional class to go along…….

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  4. Homo Stupidicus…..a group that by far outnumber Homo Sapiens…..has an amazingly short memory. Six months after this insanity ends they will return
    to living day to day (the “bright” ones in the group can sometimes plan a month ahead, they are the exception) and all thoughts of being prepared will disappear as will any thoughts about “rights” other than their perceived “right” to do whatever the hell they feel like doing at that instant.

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