Just a few thoughts here. Definitely NOT the last word. I’ve talked about firearms, and there is a page for edged weapons on the site. But let’s think about EDC: Every Day Carry. Not just a weapon, but what you may need to survive. Survive what? Anything! Car wreck, industrial accident, riot, power outage, snowstorm, tornado, earthquake, zombie apocalypse. A good Scout is Prepared. What about treating an injury? A laceration? How are you going to stop the bleeding? Have you prepared yourself with a survivor’s mindset? Do you know some basic First Aid? How about the bleeding control tactic of direct pressure: Do you know how and when to use it, and when NOT to use it? How about aids like Quick Clot and Celox? http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aquick+clot&keywords=quick+clot&ie=UTF8&qid=1419133361 You can buy a little first aid kit with Quick Clot at WalMart for about $8. Not much bigger than a cigarette pack.
Top priorities are water and shelter. I saw some mylar survival blankets listed with the other stuff on that Amazon link. If you can get water, do you know how to sterilize it? Did you know that water in a clear plastic bottle can be purified by the UV in sunlight in a few hours? If you don’t know this kind of thing, you are not planning to survive, you are planning to DIE! How about a few anti-diarrhea tablets? Many people die from dehydration due to diarrhea after drinking dirty water. Stuff like this takes so little room to add to the things you carry daily.
Ladies, do you carry a purse every day? Sure you do, and if you organize properly there is room for a few survival items. Consider the possibilities and make a conscious choice between some of the non-essential stuff you carry and a couple of things that can keep you or someone else alive.
Men (and women) do you carry a laptop bag? Betcha you can fit a couple of small items in there that could make all the difference in your life, or the life of another person. You don’t have to carry a 5,000 cubic inch backpack, but you can add important tools to help yourself and others.
What about in your car trunk? A few years ago I got some inexpensive backpacks ($16 each) and put one in each of my kid’s car trunks. A backpacking blanket, poncho, canteen cup to cook in, fire starters, energy bars and ramen noodles, instant coffee, 5 hour energy drink, small first aid kit, paracord, etc, etc. Oh, yeah, change out the food every 3-6 months as it will degrade and not be very appetizing. Have your kids unpack and re-pack it so they know what is there. Even very small children can carry a backpack with a few (lightweight and safe) items in it, and if you tell them how much they are helping Mommy and Daddy, they’ll really love doing it.
Seriously folks, if you feel that you have been called to be a sheepdog, prepare like you really believe in your calling. Be prepared to survive and to help others survive, too. Having a weapon or two is great, but you will have more of an impact on your world as a medic than as a shooter. A good sheepdog lives to protect the flock and gives himself (herself) for the flock.