Revolutionary War Minuteman. (They called him a "Minuteman" for a reason, as he was expected to muster at a minute's notice.)
"Nitre in the cave, sulphur in the ground, charcoal in the firepit and flint in the quarry never scared anybody, boy, let alone killed 'em. And a musket or a rifle without ammunition is jest a club. You don't keep the King's men away with jest words and bluster. It's work, hard work, as much as will that's needed to make a killin' -- and no man ever became free or stayed free without killin'. And I believe God meant men to be free. So it is God's own work we must be about this day, lad. Work hard . . . and learn." -- The Powderman's Apprentice, an unfinished short story.
Theaton, over at Keep and Bear Arms the other day, took me to task for this post from Friday entitled Praxis: Tactical Packing the 7.62x54R -- of SPAM, Football Monkeys and Tool of the Evil Communist Conspiracy Against Imperialist Yankee Running Dogs.
Comment by: theaton (8/8/2009)
The country is being destroyed by those that hate the Constitution and we that have a duty to uphold and defend it are doing little or nothing. What does ammunition packaging have to do with the restoration of this Constitutional Republic? Am I missing something here? Are we ever, as a group, going to focus on what really needs to be focused on?
"What does ammunition packaging have to do with the restoration of this Constitutional Republic?"
The credible deterrence to tyranny embodied by the Second Amendment and the concept of the armed citizenry means nothing if that body of the people is not ready to resist. Tyrants, as the powderman tells his apprentice, are not deterred by possibilities but by realities.
If you keep your ammunition, at least a good portion of it, in tactical packaging it speaks to your willingness to fight.
Target shooters don't need bandoleers.
Hunters don't need bandoleers.
Gun collectors don't need bandoleers.
BUT TYRANTS ARE NOT DETERRED BY TARGET SHOOTERS, HUNTERS OR GUN COLLECTORS.
They ARE deterred most often by citizen soldiers willing to fight. And citizen soldiers willing to fight give evidence of that willingness by keeping their skills practiced, their rifles clean and their ammunition in bandoleers.
I have written on this subject, the strategic importance of it to liberty as well as the tiny details of the practicalities, many times. Go here here for a short list of some of those posts.
And here, for the uninitiated is what bandoleered ammunition looks like:
Ammunition in bandoleers.
Don't look like much, do they? But those are Liberty's Teeth in those nondescript pieces of cloth, ready to bite.
Predatory regimes, like street criminals, carefully size up their opposition before striking. Credible deterrence of these criminals, large or small, involves situational awareness, will and readiness to do battle instantly.
If a person or a people lack any one of these three, they will be robbed of their property, their liberty or their lives.
Mere bandoleers do not make a modern day Minuteman, but every competent, credible modern day Minuteman packs his ammo in bandoleers.
And the Founders' Republic, if she is to be saved, will be saved by men with rifles, bandoleers and the will to use them.
Establish credible deterrence and you may safely debate with your opponents. Without that, you are merely negotiating the terms of your surrender.
THAT is what ammunition packaging has to do with the restoration of this Constitutional Republic.
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