One of our blog readers, Terry Fossler, brought this excellent essay to our attention. It’s more than worth the time it will take you to read it, particularly if you follow the wise practice of preparing for the worst while hoping for the best, and take a lot of crap over it from short-sighted ostriches.
Note the author’s comments about the history of Russia. No sooner did the communists take over than the general public was largely disarmed. When Hitler invaded them, the Russians couldn’t make enough rifles to arm all their soldiers adequately, let alone the populace. Just suppose if every peasant cottage had contained a Nagant rifle or equivalent…a gigantic Switzerland, if you will. I strongly suspect that the Nazi invaders would have bogged down amidst the corpses of their own dead well before they reached Stalingrad.