How Takoma Park Got Religion
MCSM at the Takoma Park Folk Festival 9/11/2005
OR two weeks after Katrina, how TP got "Religion"
The MCSM crew had their annual tent and information table at the
Takoma Park Folk Festival on Sunday 9/11/2005. The day was also the
fourth anniversary of 9/11/2001, Patriot Day and two weeks after
Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
The tent space was shared with C.A.F.E., the Community Association of
Firearm Educators, and with the Second Amendment Sisters.
Normally at Takoma Park the MCSM message that "Personal Protection is
a Personal Responsibility" is greeted with some outright hostility,
some passive interest and some quiet cheering. Some in TP still
support the ideal of Personal Protection. They support us quietly in
TP, not wanting to stray too far out of the closet.
This time however, it was similar to the time just after 9/11/2001.
The general population appears to be much more aware of their
mortality because of hurricane Katrina and that perhaps they should
pay a bit more attention and become properly prepared. I call this
the reaction of folks who realize that there are potential sudden
disasters and they suddenly "Get Religion". Others might say, "There
are no Atheist in a fox hole".
Many women stopped and discussed firearm training and took flyers and
course schedules on Women On Target and other training classes. Many
took the papers on Refuse to Be a Victim and the Personal Safety
Tips, points to avoid victimization in professional and work
Most of all they took the MCSM produced flyer
"Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" or for those more familiar with
english it is, "Let The Good Times Roll!, the New Orleans motto.
The one page cover photo collage and text, stressed that occasionally
bad times roll, and one that should be prepared. It was accompanied
by a one page list of suggested ways to prepare for sheltering in
place or if necessary to "scoot" and head for the hills. (Attached
Some discussions in depth disclosed the fear that some people have of
defending themselves, some moral beliefs and some outright abuse of
authority arguments that mere citizens should not be armed. Is that
what is being enforced in the Gulf Coast right now on 9/12/2005?
Several folks, especially ladies stress their fear of firearms but
were occasionally receptive of a discussion of Women on Target. One
couple stated their religious objection to use of force, especially
firearms, against another. After a few minutes of discussing the
moral dilemma of self defense they agreed that if it came to
defending their family they could use force and a firearm, but that
they would suffer severe emotional strain. They appeared to accept
the general proposition of firearms as a tool, but had a strong moral
limit of use for defense against others. They strongly acknowledged
that this was their PERSONAL position and would not be imposed on
Finally there is the story of a fellow who purported to be with the
FBI and had problems with folks having firearms and perhaps better
firepower than local and national LEO's. He is missing, or ignoring,
the true utility of armed citizens. He cited some of the common
disinformation points; about citizens not being capable of defending
themselves, so leave it to the professionals; about .50BMG's capable
of shooting down airliners, etc. I cited citizen defense from
oppression, like oppression in many countries in the past. He cited
the apparent lack of criminality in countries like Japan. I cited
the obvious lack of liberty in Japan, in that suspects can be
detained without cause, notice or legal advice, and forcefully
interrogated for weeks, that most convictions are based on forced
confessions and that should not happen in the USA. He replied,
"What? Have you not heard of the Patriot Act or the Material Witness
This friendly civil servant reminded me of the line from Atlas
Shrugged"...WHEN THERE AREN'T ENOUGH CRIMINALS, ONE MAKES THEM..."
All I could do at that time was to give him a sad smile and think of
the 80,000,000 firearm owners in America, many of them well trained
(Regulated) and glance at the photos in front of me of many friends
at various action shooting and practical defense scenarios.
Remember, Personal Protection is a Personal Responsibility.
View Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! (PDF File)
Shelter or Scoot, general suggestions;
From the "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" flyer;
WHEN serious disaster strikes you will loose public services,
generally in this order; Power, Telephone, Cellular / Wireless, Gas /
Water / Public Sewer. You can loose local power and phone in an
instant when trees go down over lines. If the power outage is very
wide spread then the main services will slowly loose their backup
power and go down. Prepare for all contingencies.
POWER; Have at least battery powered lights and radios available.
The new white-light LED flashlights are great as they use much less
battery power. A small but sensitive AM/FM radio will keep you in
touch. You might want to have a dry cell battery pack for your cell
phone to communicate when your rechargable pack runs down. If your
situation would allow you to shelter in place you may want to
investigate a generator to keep refrigeration and other necessities
running. STUDY the options, do not enter this area without good
training. Inquire at WWW.MCSM.ORG for info.
WATER; You need about 2 liters of water a day just to survive. If
you are working hard you will need 2 to 3 times that much. You need
just a little extra for cooking and personal cleaning. Note to self,
stock up on some baby wipes. Keep drinkable water in your scoot bags
in ½ liter bottles. Store more water in used plastic juice jugs or
camping water jugs. Rinse all used or new containers thoroughly and
allow to dry before capping for storage. Rinse again with 1 pint of
clean water with 1-2 ounces of bleach. Shake around thoroughly and
drain into the next jug and repeat for all jugs to be filled. It is
OK and desirable to leave a little of the rinse solution that clings
to the sides in the jugs as this will slightly chlorinate the water.
Fill with clean cold water direct from the tap, cap and store in a
cool dark place. Large plastic 55 gallon drums are available to
store even more.
FOOD; When an emergency strikes, you are NOT on a diet. You will
need about 1500 Calories a day, more if very active. Check the
expiration dates and keep your pantry stocked with several weeks of
non-perishable food. Look for snap top cans or make sure you have
several hand can openers available. For the scoot bags, pack cans,
plastic jars and other unbreakable packages only. Focus on high
energy food like peanut butter (crackers), canned fish, ready to eat
soup and stew, canned meals like ravioli or spaghetti, etc. Avoid
food that needs to be cooked unless you have a camp stove. Take some
granola or fruit bars but take food that you can eat in quantity for
the energy but not suffer from digestive problems from O.D.'ing on
granola bars. Carry CASH, ATM's and Credit Cards will be useless
when power and phones are out.
HEALTH; Make sure you have a good health kit; first aid PLUS a lot
more. Think of personal hygiene, and more than just cuts and
scrapes. Can you stop serious bleeding, disinfect & suture a wound,
splint a broken limb? Here is where your camping and survival
training is needed; Get Some!
SHELTER - CLOTHING; Take at least one or two medium size tarps, duct
tape, parachute cord, bungees, etc. If you have camping equipment,
line up the things you can grab quickly and carry easily. Pack
several days of clean dry clothes in heavy zip lock bags so that they
stay dry. (Pack everything in freezer zip locks, stuff stays dry and
you can always use them later)
SECURITY; If you are in a disaster situation and sheltered in place
in your home or on the road you will have to provide your own
security. There are two rules here; 1) Do not make yourself an
inviting target or go looking for trouble. A group of 5 or 10 will
discourage an attack by one. Larger groups can offer more protection
IF they work together, but in an emergency they will not. Good area
camp lights, high intensity flashlights and etc. can deflect
attackers, BUT showing lights when all about you are in the dark will
also attract attention. 2) If you do come under attack, and you can
not escape from it; if you must stand and defend, not much trumps an
slung rifle and a 1911 on your hip. What ever you chose, make sure
you have the education, training and mind set necessary to be
Learn more on security and Self defense, Your Personal
Responsibility, at www.mcsm.org and elsewhere on the web through Best
Shot http://www.bestshotpro.com and Sure Shot Training
http://sureshottraining.com. Do not remain dependent on the civil
services to protect or rescue you in times of danger. You are your
own best self defense and they are not legally required to defend or
rescue any individual, only to maintain the civil order as best as
possible. For days or weeks, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
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