We recently had a terrible ice storm which knocked out power to 120,000 homes across the western new york region. We lost power and heat for four days. The morning of day one, I put my wife and children in a hotel so that they would at least be warm and comfortable and came home to find an alternative source of heat etc and to care for my dogs (which could not go to the hotel). I have told you all that to tell you this: When the sun went down the first day and it got real dark in the house without any lights at all, my Mini-14 came out of the gun safe and went into a nearby closet. Sure felt good to know that I had a little security in an insecure world.