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Apr 06, 1998 10:48 PM
by Bjorn Roxendal

Govert Schuller wrote:
> Edward Francis, now her ex-husband, organized the purchase of a large amount
> of weapons. She did not know about this. Francis got caught for using a
> false name. The purchase otherwise was completely legal. The logic of the
> weapons was entirely defensive. If you have well-constructed and
> well-stacked fall-out shelters, while many right-wing survivalists know
> about that and have made threats to come and get you when, god forbid, the
> shelters should be used, it would be wise to have the means to defend them.
> Using a false name was to keep secret from these right-wingers the details
> of the purchase, the world of weapon-dealers being relatively small.

To have shelters makes sense in a world where nucear terrorism or war is a
possibility that cn not be ruled out. Who can GUARANTEE that there will not be a
nuclear war? And if you cannot do that, then it seems to make sense to be
prepared to survive, IF it would happen.

To be able to defend your shelters make sense also. During periods of government
disintegration, which is quite likely if the shelters need to be used, these
shelters may be a target for takeover or abuse in other ways. If you build them
you should be able to defend them.

The Francis episode is an example of how media jump at the opportunity to blow
up a story. As Govert stated, the crime was not buying the weapons but using a
false name to do so. This certainly was not in any way malicious, but rather
motivated of a desire NOT to draw undue attention to the shelter project.
Thoughtless, yes, but there was no bad intentions behind it.


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