OR Why the future of Democracy is held in the Quiver, not the Clip
You may have seen Danish archer Lars Anderson's recent video of his revival of ancient archery techniques. If you haven't, check out the video embedded below. It is beyond badass. The video sets your mind ablaze with potential use of the bow in tactical situations. But ultimately, the vestigial technology seems useless compared to modern armaments. Or does it?
Guns and ammo are plentiful in the US. They uphold our democracy, offer protection for ourselves and our families, and are just plain fun. But I would argue that in a true collapse situation, they become less useful.
Our Right to bear arms is at risk of two things. The first is legislation.
The Second Amendment was designed to protect the people. Protect them from invading forces - I mean, everyone's seen Red Dawn, right? But also to protect ourselves from our own government. A fascist government's goal is to take power away from the people. Legislation power and Fire power. Let's look to the history of Nazi Germany for examples:
Kristallnacht - November 9-10, 1938
Regulations Against Jews' Possession of Weapons instated - November 11, 1938
It's a lot harder to stop the Fascists with just your bare hands.
So, why would we think that if our Government turned Fascist, it wouldn't control our Right to bear arms?
The second threat to our Right to bear arms is even more powerful than the Government. It is time.
Sure, you might have a huge stockpile of ammo. But ask anyone after a weekend at the range and they'll tell you, ammo goes fast. And even if you're a master reloader, your black powder is at risk. And, even though it is very stable just little bit of moisture will turn your explosive powder into useless sludge. And, unless you live near a sulfur mine, it'll be impossible to replenish your stock.
Now, compare that to the relative ease of constructing an arrow. Humans have been making them since the last Ice Age. I'm sure a smart, enterprising Homo sapiens like you could whip one up in a second. Think about the materials. Feathers? Heck, I got a whole pillow full of them! Sticks? Got so many they called me Mr.Faggot in High School!
But is a bow and arrow really any match against an invading army? Well, let me refer you again to the video below. Anderson's arrows easily penetrate chain-mail armor. And he can shoot them off faster then a drunk frat boy with a Napoleon complex shoots off his mouth.
Now, I'm not saying this video made me want to put down my guns for good. But I'm starting to think archery ain't just for summer camp anymore.