Should you be armed when out in the woods or wilderness? One outdoor expert says “no”. Paul and Jarrad will examine an article published recently an outdoor website that encourages people to be purposely disarmed while alone in the wilderness.

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During our Quiet Time segment from, Paul and Jarrad will consider lessons and warning from the past. Where can we go to find warnings from the past? What resources are available to us in this modern age?

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Earlier this month, a thru-hiker was stabbed to death on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. After a few cursory moments of thoughts and prayers, the internet started offering suggestions that hikers arm themselves with guns.

Comments on the Outside social-media channels ranged from thoughtful to truly paranoid, but what surprised most me was how many people claimed to carry a gun on the trails in response to Wes Siler’s 2018 piece about whether or not to carry a firearm in the backcountry (he ultimately argues that nonlethal defense is a better option).

Many, it seems, fancy themselves pretty savvy gunslingers: Is that Wild Bill Hickock or Jeremy from accounting? It’s hard to tell. And that scares me far more than any grizzly bear or random hiker I’m likely to encounter. Anonymous recreationists carrying guns should scare you, too.

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