My post below on the over-emphasis on reloading dovetails with what others on the net have been saying recently (one example here). But inevitably someone chirps up and says, “If I need my gun I’ll need it real bad, and I will need to know how to reload.”
Uhhh, no. Competent/brisk reloading ability is a good thing, no disagreement. But the above line of argument assumes that needing a gun and needing to reload are the same thing. Just to be cute, let me express this using junior high algebra and high school statistics notation. Yes, I’m being a bit of a dick. 😉
P(need reload ∩ need gun ) = P(need gun) • P(need reload | need gun) < P(need gun)*
If the argument “if I need a gun I’ll need it real bad yada yada” were valid, I’d be screwed; I’d have a hell of a time schlepping around a Barrett .50 and copious rounds for it, a back-up AR-15 and a dozen mags, and a back-up pistol for it along with a mess o’ mags. Plus I don’t think I can get an Abrams tank registered by the DMV in my state.
*OK, I’m embarrassed! My attempt at dickdom turned around and bit me in the butt. The first version of this equation that I published was wrong. Took me 20 minutes to realize it – hope no one saw it! Hope I got it right this time (been a long time since high school…)