Tomorrow is election day in case you weren't sure. While I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, I will say that you should vote if you can or haven't yet done so because our Second Amendment and the rest of the rights it protects, are always on the line.
What I will say however, is that tomorrow as well as the following days, have potential to be a train wreck of sorts because we have been promised violence regardless of the outcome of the election.
I thought it might be a good idea to just go over some things to keep in mind as a refresher for some, and maybe even some new information for a few of the newer gun owners out there.
Being aware of your surroundings is always a good idea. But I just watched a video of several businesses across the country bracing for politically-fueled riots by boarding up the windows to their stores in an attempt to curb looting if it pops off at some point during or after the election.
This isn't just happening in the biggest cities, but all over the place. We've been all but told that violence is highly probable, especially in certain areas.
Knowing your surroundings is important if you must go out. And, knowing your surroundings wherever you are, even in your home, is a necessity.
If in you are in your car you must remain vigilant at all times. It's also a good idea to keep your doors locked, and check your mirrors.
If you see that a light is turning red and you're not yet up to it, begin coasting early so you can keep moving. Try to avoid actually stopping at the light.
The goal here, is that once the light turns green you're already still in motion and have not stopped.
I'm not a prepper, per se, but I think it's a good idea to have a couple months of supplies on hand given a disaster or something like that. If you feel like you need some more stuff to be prepared to stay in for a few weeks, today and early tomorrow are likely going to be the last couple of times before any chaos starts if anything actually happens.
Remember, you are safer in your home than you are out on the street somewhere. If you can avoid going anywhere you you should.
But having some food and stuff on hand is important because there is no way of knowing how long any violence will go on. We've already seen cities like Seattle, Portland, and others rioting for long periods of time. Those prolonged periods of violence can technically happen anywhere.
I'm not saying for a fact that anything bad is going to happen, but it has been my experience during my life here on earth that businesses don't place boards on windows and doors for no reason.
If they are taking necessary precautions, so should you. Make sure you have the items you need. It is NOT too late, but you are cutting it close if you haven't done this yet.
Things to have on hand are as follows:
- Food and water
- Medical supplies
Where do you go? I'd stay away from the local Walmart and grocery stores if at all possible just because of the number of people who shop those places. I'd also stay away from dollar stores if you can afford it. Personally, I'd shop at the pharmacies. Their slightly higher prices, yet still solid selection, will ensure they still have some necessities around.
And because they're smaller and not the first place on most minds for getting canned goods, even though they stock them, they don't have a lot of people in them.
Obviously, you'd shop at your local gun stores for ammo, if you still need some.
I know I'll be going out later on today just to check the shelves and see if anything is available.
Have a plan:
If you must leave the house, have a plan put in place beforehand so you know what you're doing, where you're going, and how to get there. Understand that the people inciting this violence aren't fooling around and have hurt many people to date.
If they think you're in their way they may hurt your too.
If you live in a town or city you should know where potential hot spots may occur and do your best to avoid those places if at all possible. You should also know several different routes to get to your goal. One of the protestor's favorite things to do is block traffic and having another route as a backup is a good idea.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.