From The Redoubt of The East aka the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee

Tenn. gun law to move forward despite school massacre : “Supporters of gun control have called for tighter restrictions on ownership in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, with President Obama hinting that he might back such an effort. But in Tennessee, gun rights advocates say they have no plans to change course. The only thing this shooting and other shootings have in common is that they all happened in gun-free zones,” said state Rep. Joshua Evans, a past sponsor of so-called guns-in-trunks legislation. “I think there probably needs to be a conversation, but probably in the opposite direction of where the president is going.”

Gun sales in Tenn. likely had record weekend : “Gun sales in Tenn. likely had record weekend as buyers fear stricter gun control measures.Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said in an email that the agency performed 9,772 background checks over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Tenn. man ejected from mall over T-shirt asking “Has your gun killed a kindergartner today?” : “Mall spokeswoman Heather Rose said mall security officers asked Myszka three times to either remove the shirt or turn it inside out. When he refused, they escorted him out. He was charged with criminal trespassing.” :yes:

Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Tennessee Mountains : “Second-growth forests have been successful in growing where humans let them, occupying about 75 percent of the area. Unlike the Unaka Mountains with many forest types, the Cumberland Plateau has the upland forests on the tableland and mountain areas with the ravine forests occupying the lower elevations, including gorges…”

Gun Training in Tennessee : “Rattlesnake Ridge Training Center and School is a full service facility with ranges, classrooms, retail shop, and training areas located in the center of 1700 acres of private forest just 10 miles from Ft Campbell, KY near Clarksville, Tennessee. We provide professional firearms training to civilians, military and law enforcement personnel.” Recommended by M.D. Creekmore!

The East Coast Retreat Dilemma : “As a relocation specialist and designer, I found safe retreat locations and helped clients develop high security homes in every state of the union and you can too. The concept that anyone caught East of the Mississippi River is doomed is only partially valid and highly exaggerated. You can achieve a significantly higher level of safety going beyond the Appalachians to the high plateau regions of Tennessee and Kentucky. This massive and relatively unpopulated area is called the Cumberland Plateau—most of which falls within the state of Tennessee.” Joel M. Skousen relocation specialist and author of Strategic Relocation North American Guide to Safe Places.

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  1. I stopped by a local gun shop today. It’s amazing what was there even yesterday, that isn’t today. And he was getting a call for magazines and rifles every 15 minutes or so.

    I love the questions like “Would you hold this for me?” With 10 people behind you wanting to buy one, you really think that a retailer is going to sit on something in high demand and wait for you to eventually show up with the money for it?

    I’m waiting for my “friends”, who didn’t listen to me before, call and ask if I have any _____ that I would sell to them. Of course, even if I did they’d want it at the old price I paid when the prices were lower. Just because they know my name. Like I owe them something.

    If you saw what happened in 1994-2004 and again in Nov 2008, and didn’t do something about it since, it’s your monkey. Don’t cry to me. Enjoy your new 60″ LCD TV you bought instead of the AR you think you need now. Play that $50 game on your PS3 that you bought instead of 4 high cap mags for your rifle or pistol (that at $60 now instead of $12.50).

    Your choice. And don’t tell me you weren’t warned.

    • Thomas T. Tinker says:

      JP in Mt… I hear the strains of the “Anvil Chorus” in your post! Tough Love fella! Tough truth.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      You might want to let your friends think you have sold all your AR’s and HCM. OPSEC.

      Also, the guy with the tee shirt is an insensitive moron.

      We left Long Island for Central Alabama in 2007. Just far enough north to be on dry land if he polar caps thaw. Far enough inland in case of the tidal wave as a result of cliffs collapsing in Africa. Just far enough east to miss the ash from the supercaldera. No fault lines. Warm climate and away from big cities and interstates. We are very happy with our choice. TN was a close second cause of family.

      • GoneWithTheWind says:

        You need to go further North to avoid the tsetse fly and Malaria mosquito that global warming will bring to the South. Bwahahahah.

  2. SurvivorDan says:

    “Enjoy your new 60″ LCD TV you bought instead of the AR you think you need now. Play that $50 game on your PS3 that you bought instead of 4 high cap mags for your rifle or pistol ” JP

    Sounds like me warning my acquaintances about priorities. Occasionally I get questions about prepping from those few that know and when I give them advice about priorities …..they ignore it and buy that new sports car or charge a trip to Europe. People are mostly sheeple.
    And they WILL say they weren’t warned. Not really, really warned … It’s not their fault…..
    The Gov’t should do something. Help….. urk……. glug…….

  3. SurvivorDan says:

    They will be in denial and outraged at the lack of Gov’t help right up and until they realize they are facing the moment of the horror of their own deaths.

    In the matter of TEOTWAWKI: I would wager that most of you have tried to warn people and been snickered at behind your backs. I’ve had relatives smirk and laugh in my face (which is not bright to begin with).
    You did what you could before…
    After….is another matter.
    Harden your hearts.
    Take care of your own.
    No time or resources to waste helping the fools.

  4. SurvivorDan says:

    I’ll amend that prior statement. I would help someone who did prep but got burned out/ looted etc.
    Such folk can be valuable assets anyway as they have common sense and the resourcefulness and will to survive. Just some bad luck, maybe.

    As to my callousness towards those who scoffed at the need to prepare:
    I’m not without compassion but after TEOTWAWKI, too much compassion will make you starve or get you murdered.

  5. Alittle2late says:

    How does that saying go? You can lead a horse to water but can’t make it drink…
    I agree, I’ve been warning people for a while now and mostly it’s falling on deaf ears.
    Have changed tunes as of late.. “I’m hurting for money and sold pretty much everything”. Cept Pappys old double barrel 16g.

  6. Pineslayer says:

    That guy with the T-shirt is an idiot. I’m surprised that the good people of TN didn’t drag him out by his neck, I would have been tempted. For the record I am a die hard 2nd Amendment supporter and a parent. That was so stupid he should have a mental evaluation.

  7. Uncle Charlie says:

    My bop is in a “massive and relatively unpopulated area” portion of KY which doesn’t even have a name except you can’t get there from here KY 🙂

  8. I figure that most folks would be at work on a Tuesday afternoon and was surprised at how busy the gun counters were at Gander Mountain in Knoxville. “Take a number and wait to be called” busy. The four or five setups where the required Federal paperwork was collected online were full. The racks of long guns were full and at least 12 AR-type were shown. Probably more in the back. Many, many semi-auto handguns were available. I came away without buying anything (no bargains) but was impressed by the amount of activity and the fact that they still had product to sell.

  9. bil went to the local gunshow. line around the corner to get in. news said they had 4500 visitors in one day, usually for both days. ammo was GONE, as were mags. a few used ar’s were offered at 1300.00. of course the news reported selected the dumbest butthead she could find to interview. no wonder the sheeple think we’re all inbred hillbillies. all of my sources are empty, or closed down due to volume. bil wanted to know if i had any to spare….hmmm, lets see, didn’t i tell you to stock up about 6 months ago?

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