It has often been noted that America’s violence problem is a diversity problem. And while this vague description does point to one reality, which is that most of the violence in America is caused by certain violent demographics that inhabit it, this description also describes how America’s violence problem pertains to there being multiple demographics inhabiting the same space, i.e. multiculturalism. If you’ve never seen this in a simple math formula, here it is: Diversity + Proximity = War.
Diversity is only one aspect of the problem. The other major problem is the general alienation of the American public. Not only have we all been subjected to the blessings of multiculturalism, but we have also been subjected to the force of the ruthless unrestrained market, which encourages a high-degree of labor mobility within our own borders. This dehumanizing force not only has precipitated the loss of community, but has even torn families apart as individual members locate to different states living far from each other. This state of affairs creates urban centers where people live in close proximity but do not know each other, and therefore do not trust each other.
Which leads us to this article from Taki’s Magazine…
Apparently, with the heightened stress of the coronavirus people have been loading up on firepower. Gun sales, particularly in states where the outbreak is bad as well as in the neighboring states, have risen 1000%+ in some cases.
With that in mind, I give you my personal inventory on weaponry and how each instrument might be useful in the ensuing zombie apocalypse.
Smith & Wesson Switch Blade Knife: You’re going to need a knife after all.
Pros: Extremely light. Space conserving. Good to clean animals and for cutting them up if you are forced to hunt. Plus, if a zombie sneaks up in close-proximity it could be very effective.
Cons: Other than being not particularly durable, there are no drawbacks. Suffice it to be stated that you wouldn’t want this to be first nor only weapon in an apocalypse.
Matthews Z7 Compound Bow: Because who doesn’t want to be Daryl in the Zombie apocalypse?
Pros: Relatively light-weight. Silent attack. Very accurate. Theoretically, the arrows are reusable, which would be good in a scenario where you may not always be able to procure more bullets.
Cons: A ton, hell, where do I begin? Anyone who has used a bow and watched Daryl in The Walking Dead just laughs their ass off. Compound bows are notoriously sensitive instruments, hard to draw, and arrows break literally all of the time. This final point, which nullifies the strongest pro of reusable firepower, is why out of all my weapons this would be the one I would most likely leave behind to conserve space. Just use a gun bro!
Glock 17: The weapon that never has to leave your side.
Pros: Light. Reliable. Durable. Accessible. Great in small spaces, home-defense. Abundant and inexpensive 9mm ammunition.
Cons: The standard drawback of all pistols carried by men who are not marksmen: If you’re shooting at anything more than thirty feet away, and especially if it’s moving, you’re going to wish you had a different weapon. Also, doesn’t have a standard safety, which is not really a con per se, but does make the gun a live liability to keep track of all times.
Remington 12-Gauge Shotgun: The first thing you grab when you know the zombies are near.
Pros: You can’t miss with this thing. In close quarter combat, assuming the zombie is not packing something comparable, you win. The zombie is down with one shot, no questions asked. It’s also semi-automatic. This is the ideal first weapon in any type of setting where you are not firing more than thirty yards.
Cons: Okay, there are a few. It’s heavy, for one. Not super-heavy, but it’s not exactly fun to lug around. Then, there’s the small load capacity of only four shells. Not good if there are more than four zombies. So while it’s a great first option, you’ll always need a back-up option as well. On a related note, it’s time consuming to reload. Lastly, if you are shooting at something that is more than 50 yards away, you’re just wasting your time.
Spike’s Tactical AR-15: The zombie slayer.
Pros: High-load capacity, 30 rounds per magazine. Accurate, from as close as point blank up to a hundred yards. Light-weight. Semi-automatic. Very little kickback. High velocity bullets… these shells will go through walls without much problem. If they hit a zombie center mass, they won’t be limping away from it.
Cons: Many of you are probably wondering, “Why wouldn’t this be your first choice?” My answer is that it simply depends on the situation. If I’m defending my home, I’m grabbing the shotgun. But, if I’m on the offensive or if the mob is forming in the city limits, I’m grabbing the AR. There are no real drawbacks to this amazing weapon, but it’s not going to be the ideal choice in close-quarter combat.
Final Word: While morons around the country were stocking up on toilet paper, I was stocking up on ammunition, like the rest of the smart folks. At this juncture in time, it does not appear that the coronavirus fallout is going to transition to become the great zombie apocalypse. It’s still wise to be prepared, after all, since that apocalypse is likely less than ten years away.