April 25, 2015: Addressing Issues
I addressed the breach of protocol with Ariela today. She knew she was wrong and really had no explanation as to why she chose to go unarmed and alone. No one knows better than she does that her actions put her and the rest of us at risk. There’s no need to belabor the subject with her. She’s a professional.
I also sat the Schmidts down and outlined the situation to them. They seemed to understand that their arrival at almost precisely the same moment as the attackers at Pete’s farm raised suspicions. They also understood that their presence at our farm was a breach in our security – whether or not it was related to the attack on Pete’s place. They seem sufficiently worried. My internal lie detector says they are not related to the raiders at Pete’s place, but we can’t take any chances. We’re starting to rack up something of a body count and I have to believe that word has spread about our weapons and supplies.
Another issue that needs to be addressed is our dwindling supply of ammunition. I have a sneaking suspicion that we’re going to need more of it in the not-too-distant future. We seem to be burning through the .50 caliber ammo faster than anything else. Unfortunately, that will most likely prove to be the hardest to replace. We have no means of reloading .50 cal. Terry has a single-stage press, but no dies or bullets for .50 caliber.
We also need to decide what to do with the Schmidts. Like I said, they’re worried. They probably aren’t sure whether we’ll simply execute them or not. Obviously, it’s not in my nature to execute a family simply because they wandered onto our farm. On the other hand, if they’re collaborating with a larger group attempting to infiltrate Union Creek … if they’re the Trojan Horse that I suspect … it’s a different world in the new normal. I’m not entirely sure I have the stomach for a task like that, but it may need to be done.
On a happier note, the garden is coming along nicely. No issues to address there … unless we get a late-season frost. We’re about to start planting crops. Despite all the craziness, we’ve managed to prepare the fields.
It’s time for another community meeting. Everyone needs to hear the facts related to the attack on Pete’s place. They need to know about the Schmidts showing up at our place. We need to know if anything similar has happened anywhere else. Then … we need to decide how we’re going to defend ourselves.
My sense is that the Schmidts and the attackers at Pete’s are just the tip of the sword, so to speak. We’ve known all along that it was inevitable. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that the cities will empty what’s left of the masses on the countryside. Union Creek is far enough distant from a city of any size that it’s taken a while for the masses to begin to trickle in, but now that the trickle has started the flood can’t be far behind.
Another attack, like the one on Pete’s place, will leave us in a bad position. We started out with a little more than 8000 rounds of .50 caliber ammo if you count the 1000 rounds of SLAP. We haven’t used any of the armor-piercing stuff yet. My guess is we’ve burned through about 1000 – 1500 rounds of the standard ball ammo between our various forays with the HMMWV’s. If we get into any kind of sustained battle … 6500 rounds will go fast. It’d be good to have some heavier stuff too – maybe some anti-tank weapons ….
I wonder what happened to all the guard and reserve units around here. Picked clean, I would imagine. Ft. Riley is probably the closest place that would have had any significant amount of weapons and ammunition. That’s a long trip if we come up empty.
Maybe it’s time to send up a signal of some sort for like-minded groups. There are lots of rumors of militias on some of the less-used short-wave channels. Of course, the term “militia” can mean a lot of things. It might mean a group of people with hunting rifles that have banded together to survive or it might mean a well-armed group with a tight command and control structure prepared to fight even some of the most daunting of enemies. Philosophically, these groups are all over the place too. Heck, the group that attacked Pete might have called themselves a militia. They may have justified their attack on Pete’s farm the way we justified taking supplies from the National Guard center when we hit it.
The lines are pretty darn blurry.
Just took a radio call from Pete. He and his sons finished cleaning up about an hour ago. They’ve patched up the house. They stripped the corpses of anything of value – every one of them had a semi-automatic long gun as well as a side arm. They also had some fairly nice packs and other gear. The rifles and side arms weren’t standardized but these guys weren’t scraping the bottom of the barrel by any means. Along with some fairly run-of-the-mill AR’s and AK’s, there were a few high-dollar rifles as well as some pretty nice custom 1911’s and a handful of German SIG’s.
So far, they haven’t located any attack team support vehicles. That doesn’t mean the vehicles aren’t out there, but it could mean that the attack teams were based pretty close by. It could also mean that the vehicles are just really well hidden … which would be in keeping with the rest of the group’s top-drawer tactics … or it could mean that the vehicles are hidden a good distance away. Pete said they covered about two sections, looking in all the likely places.
It’s a puzzle.
More issues to address.