Seems like an odd idea, doesn’t it? Yet, I couldn’t help but draw that conclusion after reading this article. Basically the National Academy of the Sciences released a study that says a strong solar storm would inflict significant, if not catastrophic, damage on our power grid and communications systems. It wasn’t entirely clear from the article if off-grid electronic devices would be effected but it implied that at least some would.
Think about it. No power. No land line phones. No cell phones because the cell towers would be down. No internet. No gas stations, even if your car wasn’t fried. No grocery stores because the power, communications and logistics systems are down.
The situation could last for months.
It’s not hard to imagine that serious civil unrest could follow something like that, particularly as people’s pantries start going empty.
Think about what happened in New Orleans after Katrina. The police were no help at all. You were entirely at the mercy of thugs….unless, of course, you were armed - and avoided the illegal police confiscations, but that’s another topic. The point is that that in a break down of civil society you had better be prepared for a level of self-sufficiency that is not the norm these days.
Now, let’s be clear. I’m not some crazy survivalist with a secret bunker somewhere. Nor am I shouting “The end is nigh!”. I’m simply saying that the NAS has looked at the issue and realized that many of the things upon which modern life depends in cities and suburbs are vulnerable to incapacitation at the hands of a recurring natural phenomenon. If that were to happen, you might find yourself happy you have (or wishing you did have) firearms and a ready supply of ammunition in your possession.
And, by the way, this is a good example of a scenario where semi-automatic firearms (pistols and rifles) are essential. It’s a whole lot harder to defend yourself against multiple attackers without them. That’s as legitimate a use for a sporting/assault rifle as there can be.