By Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Wisconsin --(Ammoland.com)- As a Colorado Ranger I attended a forensic briefing where a member of a Crime Scene Investigation unit presented a then twelve year old case where a dead body was found in the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs.
The people in the audience had law enforcement and security backgrounds.
The investigator presented a number of photos of a body found dead in a remote area and it was snowing. The photos started out with the photographer standing ten to fifteen feet away from the deceased.
The photos moved closer to the body and the audience was asked to give their professional opinion about the alleged crime. Was it a man or a women laying there in the snow? Why was the body laying there in that particular position? Was it a sex crime? Was the person killed someplace else and the body dumped in that remote location?
Everyone had an idea who and why some evil person had killed this poor human being and left the body out in the winter cold.
We were all incorrect in our observations. One of the final photos was of the dead carcasses of two hybrid wolf-Sheppard, mixed dogs.
What everyone in the room was sure was a vicious killing committed by a human was nature in raw action.
The person was killed and mauled by these two wolf-Sheppard hybrids that were in fact being fed and taken care of by the deceased. Literally the animals turned on the hand that fed them.
Guns where selling off the chart in the country around the time I attended this briefing because of the recent Presidential election. It was believed (and still is) that Obama is anti-gun and has future plans to enact new and more restrictive guns laws, if not back then, perhaps in a second term. I personally believe he will at least attempt to do this.
The point is it is time to make your long put off firearms purchases. If you go to a gun shop what you will find are frightened people buying high capacity handguns and what we call in the industry “black rifles” (what the press calls assault rifles.)
Rifles that have magazines which hold 20, 30 and even 40 rounds of ammunition that puts a bullet down range every time you pull the trigger. If you want to own those kinds of firearms–fine. For the family living out in the country with no guns in the home it is time to get serious about your personal safety, with feral animals being a real concern.
You need to own a 12 gauge shotgun. It does not have to be some high-end $700 foreign made model. You can get a good single shot 12 gauge at Walmart for $150.
You need a .22 caliber rifle, preferably a semi-auto one. These two will go a long way in the defense of your home from animals. In time of large scale crisis (think Katrina) the first thing that happens is the family pets get loose. Dogs do very poorly on their own. Cats will hunt for their food, but dogs have sort of lost that skill. Hunger and the pack mentality of dogs will bring that killing for food instinct back.
Unlike wild animals who try to avoid humans, feral dogs are not afraid and will hunt people. Coyotes in Colorado are now hunting deer in packs like wolves and they range into people’s front yards.
Even if you cannot own a firearm because of personal or religious reasons about harming another human, you need to have these tools to permit you to defend yourself against nature.
Maybe the gun laws will not become more restrictive under a possible re-elected Obama, but do you want to find out the hard way? I was in the gun shops on Veteran’s Day after Obama’s election and the parking lots were full. I did find it humorous when I observed Obama bumper stickers on cars in those gun shop parking lots.
It would appear that even the folks who voted for the man have convictions about their right, to own firearms. Firearms and ammo sales are not off the charts like they where back in early 2008. I believe the gun owning public is not as scared this election.
This is not however a reason to decline buying a firearm to protect your home and family. If you do not own a firearm, buy a couple and everyone (new gun owner or old) buy extra ammunition.
It is about the wolves, two and four legged.Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing. firstname.lastname@example.org