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The guns we have today and the choice of guns we have today are vastly superior. Number one, in capacity.

I carried a six-shooter around for several years with 158 grain, flat nosed lead bullets, I think they strained to make 500 feet per second [chuckling]; you could about see them go down range. I had no speed loaders, no speed strips, none of that. I had dump pouches that would dump your rounds on the ground–that is why they were called that. We were taught if you don’t have time, just press the trigger, but if you have time, cock the hammer first. Well, of course, every time we did that, we had an accidental discharge so we soon learned, “Uh, in this department, we are NOT doing that!” Now, the hammers are gone, so it is a moot point.

And now, I am carrying a 16-shooter, with this high-tech, high-performance ammunition that’s as effective as any pistol ammo could be, and NONE of that was available back then.

eJournal: And what about the threats we train to counter? Has time increased the dangers individuals face?

Farnam: I have to think that the threats we face have changed a lot, although I am not sure I am prepared to tell you why. All I know is, when I was even in my twenties, there was no such thing as school shootings. If you wrote about that, it would be a book of fantasy. That would be like writing about life on Mars.

So, how did these things start happening? Did people suddenly go crazy? Honestly, I don’t know. I do not know. Maybe it is chemical; maybe it is societal; maybe it is symptomatic of a declining civilization.

eJournal: Of the less dramatic crimes, we still have robberies and bar fights, for example, so do you think at the interpersonal level, predictable dangers have escalated?

Farnam: Well, we still have youth gangs, but remember watching West Side Story? The gang members in it dressed better than most of us do when we go to church!

That was the idea of a youth gang at one time. Today, a lot of gangs are ethnic and extremely vicious. We have now people who think that people of other ethnicities are essentially disposable. I think that is a relatively recent phenomenon and I am not sure I am prepared to explain why.

I do think that we are in a declining civilization and these things are symptomatic. The nation is hopelessly in debt, we are past the point of any chance that our debt could ever be repaid. Repayment is now a moot point. It is impossible, so what does that mean? It means we are headed toward a situation like Greece. This is something that nobody talks about but everybody knows. How does that affect the way we do things every day? Well, the effect on some people, I think, is that they become violent.

eJournal: How does this affect preparation-minded peoples’ decision making? How should we prioritize what we need to do?

Farnam: I think we need to be armed all the time. You have heard me say this before, I carry a gun all the time. I don’t care who likes it, I don’t care whose rules I violate. I could not care less. My life is important enough to me to where I am just going to be armed all the time. I think we have to carry high-capacity guns. I want a 14-shooter if I get in a fight.

There was just recently a school shooting in a state near the one in which my youngest son lives. He carries a Kel Tec .380 in a Gregg Garrett neck holster under his surgical scrubs. He told me, “I’m thinking about getting something more powerful.”