Mary Margaret Oliver’s ‘Friends’ Killed by Those ‘Evil’ AR-15 Rifles

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The Problem with Averages in Understanding Guns, Violence, and Crime (Take 2)

Gun Culture 2.0

When I tell my more liberal friends I am studying “gun culture,” they frequently hear me saying “gun violence,” since their primary association with guns is with violence. Although my interest in guns is actually in the culture that surrounds it rather than violence, I still spend a few days on “gun violence” — firearm-related injury and death — in my Sociology of Guns seminar every semester.

An article we are reading this week – “Firearm Injuries in the United States,” published by 4 authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is interesting to note – shows that the firearm homicide rate in the United States was 3.66 per 100,000 from 2010-2012.

Source: Fowler, et al., “Firearm Injuries in the United States,” Preventive Medicine, 2015, p. 10. Note: APC = Annual Percentage Change

Taking an aggregate statistic like this, we often hear about how much higher…

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7 Real-Life Examples of EDC Kits – Primal Survivor

I only need two things, fire and knife. I make primitive fire, but something like a Doan’s magnesium bar, and a fire steel, makes life easier. The problem with “preppers”, we were called “Survivalists” in the 1980s, is that too much junk is carried. It’s kind of like when I travel with my wife, she takes several suitcases and then about four tote bags, while I take only bare essentials. She hates that, but never learned from me the importance. In other words, practice your firemaking skills, then practice your knife honing skills. Camping skills, in general, will always be worth their weight in diamonds. Learning silence, unless a communication need or emergency, saves a whole bunch of unnecessary chatter and, excessive talk, causes panic and fear to set in. Few discuss those skills. I tend to assess trash that I come upon. How old is it? Can it be repurposed and utilized? Same with forage. Usually dandelion and berries. All the pine trees around here are all but gone, but were all over the place, and a Native American who was my grandfather’s friend, taught me the importance of the pine tree and the secrets it holds. Simplicity. Avoid gimmicks or anything that depends on batteries if possible. I am also very fond of paper maps. I still do not have a clue of how to use the truck GPS, nor do I understand people’s dependency on something where if satellites are blocked, or batteries die, they are in a panic mode. Learn topography. Sun position and time. Use your hand to determine time and distance. Then, all the toys become an amusement, but unnecessary.

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Make your own bushcraft leather belt pouch

Patrick's Bushcraft & Outdoor Research

Having a pouch or two around your waist when walking around in the woods might just be beneficial to your gear setup…

Of course it all depends on how you are set up and where your pouches are located, whether you’re backpacking or what it is you’re doing.  Maybe you’re just out for a day forage to harvest some wild mushrooms, or maybe your you’re on a day hike and decided not to take a backpack, just a belt kit to get you through the day with some other gear connected to it, such as your water bottle, a saw and a knife, etc…

It all depends on what you’re doing as to where a belt pouch could fit in…

Learn from Wildtuskanybushcraft one way to make a leather belt pouch…

Source: Make your own bushcraft leather belt pouch

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