||[Jun. 4th, 2008|09:08 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
I am now the proud owner of a Remington 870 Express Synthetic 18" 6-shot. $299 at Cabela's. Bought a nice carrying case and a box of 2.75" #4 shells to start with. My gun-nut friend from work is going to take me out this weekend to learn how to use it, and helped me pick it out. Considered the Mossberg 590, but everyone I spoke to that was familiar with both guns steered me towards the 870. Also thought about semi-sutos like the Benelli SuperNova and M1014, and even the venerable SPAS-12 and SAIGA, but they're waaaay too expensive and much less reliable. This one will suit my needs just fine.
You know, I was actually pretty firmly set in the belief that guns of all types should be outlawed. That was until Katrina. I saw how quickly society can literally disintegrate as soon as there's no law. In such an event, I'm in a nice house surrounded by not-so-nice houses on a major street, and I have a big TV. If there's little or no law enforcement, I'm kinda fucked. Never mind your average home invasion scenario, I have homeowner's insurance. I call 911 and lock myself somewhere and I'm good to go. If there's no law, however, you can throw the typical "I need food/money, so I'm going to take this guy's TV and stereo and get out before the cops come" situation right out the window. Instead, you get "fuck that righteous asshole and his prissy shit, that should be me!" Well, not any more.