i just saw that abc is releasing a made for tv movie drauma about what would happen if the bird flu pandemic hit the US. it appears that people, like the victims in hurricane Katrina, will be on there on for a long time. They will need to be prepared to survive on their own for at least 2-3 weeks w/o services such as: electrical, water, medical, law enforcement remember how everyone was going nuts about the Y2K thing? They were preparing like it was the end of the world. I think the pandemic senario is much more likely which means that imo people should start preparing now in the same way people prepared during Y2K. not that it's the end of the world or anything, but worst case scenario so far would have 2 million people dead. That's approximately 40,000 people per state. It would probably be higher in states that have more dense populations. i think it would be a good idea for people to arm themselves. i mean it's time to go ahead and get a firearm if you don't own one. if a pandemic hits, which it is predicted that it is more probable than not, we will be in a situation of lawlessness, anarchy, looting, etc. the bad guys already have guns, and it's utterly ridiculous for families, ESPECIALLY, families with children to not have firearms. however, it's extremely imperative that proper firearm safety measures are practiced strictly in homes w/children there is a gun show comming to my town this weekend. I am 19 which means that I am old enough to purchase a rifle. I plan to by a pistol grip pump shotgun. They sell them pretty cheap at gun shows (under $200) and I think this would be the ideal weapon for a household. A shotgun is better than a pistol or a rifle because getting hit by a shotgun blast is like getting shot about 5 times by a pistol. plus, the trajectory of a shotgun blast has a much larger blast radius than a pistol could have.