News From The Eastern Redoubt:

Nationwide Gun Buying Surge : “Tennessee saw the highest increase in gun checks at the end of last year, with 91,922 background checks in December, up from 59,840 in November. Bernstein said sales after the Connecticut shooting “went on steroids.”

Tenn. district finds cash to put armed officers in schools : “Several Tennessee lawmakers say they have drafted legislation that would encourage school districts to place at least one-armed police officer in every school and would allow teachers who have undergone special training to bring their personal handguns into schools.”

Tennessee Considers Training And Arming Schoolteachers To Protect Against Shootings : “Tennessee has emerged this week as a center of the “the answer is more guns in schools” sentiment following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.”

Read more about “The Redoubt of The East” in this article written exclusively for The Survivalist Blog by Joel M. Skousen. Find land here and here.

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  1. Sounds like you guys are being proactive!

  2. The Last American says:

    One important fact was left out of this article. Tennessee makes the best sipp’n whiskey in the world! Just ask “cousin” George Dickel.

  3. Can’t figure out why all school districts don’t have something like this:

    San Antionio ISD police force

  4. Might just be a work of fiction, but the “New” Bible Belt is becoming more and more feasible here in the near future, with the announced intentions of the Left for taking away our Constitutional rights.

    It will extend way beyond the stereotypical boundaries of the South and encompass states all of the way up to Alaska, to include alliances with the Western Redoubt, etc.

    Time to make that hard decision and invest in land somewhere to ride out this storm when SHTF…

  5. MountainSurvivor says:

    All states should follow Tennessee’s lead and also remove the control freaks from the positions of power.

    • They are still in power in TN. Back when the “Occupy” movement was going the TN lawmakers introduced and I think passed a bill that made it illegal to peacefully protest like the Occupy momement did. What they were too stupid to realize is… that it also turned every homeless person into a fellon (as originally written) punishable up to a year and a day in the pen.

      • SW,
        Our governor is a democrat posing as a republican.

        • Petticoat Prepper says:

          Don’t know about your occupy people but ours were violent and distruptive and caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. Under the Constitution we have the right to “…peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

          Ours camped out in the city park for over a month and in doing so destroyed public restrooms, park tables and benches as well as the landscaping and a produced massive garbage dump, they entered small local banks and terrified workers and customers with their agressive behavior plus caused local small business owners to close down for safety as well as causing streets to be shut down.

          I don’t believe this falls under ‘peaceably’ nor were they adressing the Government. After their abysmal behavior and local news interviews I’ve come to see them as college students looking for something to do, old retired former college students looking to recapture their 1960’s time and union thugs.

          Don’t know about TN but OR is so full of idiots in the government that we really need to toss all of them out and start over…once Portland is changed into Portlandia and is it’s own state.

  6. riverrider says:

    makes me wish i could join you even more. 🙁

  7. Tactical G-Ma says:


  8. riverrider says:

    m.d., what about sales tax, property tax and car tax?? those are the ones that tick me off the worst.

    • riverrider,

      The state of Tennessee has no individual state income tax on salaries or wages, (except for income from interest and dividends), and is consistently ranked within the top three states with the lowest overall cost of living as indexed by a number of researchers.

      Another plus and one often overlooks is the fact that Kentucky has no tax on food, so if you’re like me and live close enough to the TN / KY state line you can drive into KY to do your grocery shopping tax free. Thus if you play your cards right and move in the right location you can take advantage of both states tax codes and pay no state income tax and no tax on food.

      My property tax on 5 and a half acres is under $150 per year.

      • riverrider says:

        damn, you makin’ it tough on me… the dw wants to come look at a spot or two soon. bad time to be building a homestead tho…

  9. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    Gezzo MD…. Ya got a line on a Real estate agent in the North East end of the state???? I’d like to pick up a nice ‘Camp Site’ down there.

  10. Notsomuch says:

    I suggest we have law enforcement be trained to serve as school guards until a ‘normal’ retirement age (62, 65, whenever social security would kick in) and then collect any pensions and benefits due them at that time.

    • Encourager says:

      That is a great idea! Many of our small townships are staffed by retired-from-the-city LEO’s. They work until they can collect Social Security (most of them). Majority of them are part time so no benefits paid.

      I was in TN this summer. Need to go back because I lost my heart up there in the Smokies and need to find it again. Would love to move there if only we could see our place.

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