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Happy Canada Day/Fourth of July! It's a special time of year, one where we celebrate our national pride with beers, barbecues, and fireworks.

But there is something coming our way this year, something dark, terrifying, and will appeal to those with violent urges. It's called The Purge. Marking the third entry in the series, 'The Purge: Election Year' follows a Senator and her head of security outside as armed lunatics roam the streets.

Now granted it's highly unlikely that such a yearly event will be put into effect (unless the next election takes a surprising turn!), but given the fact it's being released between the Canadian and American federal elections, I figured I would give you guys some tips on how to survive The Purge.

What Is It?

This is specifically for those who don't have a clue as to what The Purge is. If you know already, scroll down to Section 1.

The Purge is an annual night event where all crime is legal for twelve continuous hours. There are only two rules: no explosives and government officials ranking 10 or higher cannot be harmed. So basically, you might not be able to murder Hilary Clinton, but Trump is still on the table.

There are two ways of passing the time, either to go out and participate or stay in and hold down the fort. Whatever your plan is, here's what you need to know.

Section 1: Going Out

Whether it's getting revenge on your boss for cheating you out of that bonus, dishing out justice Punisher-style, or stealing an Xbox, you're taking a huge risk leaving the comfort of your home. However, if you use the following guidelines, you should be able to handle whatever situation you find yourself in.

Get armed

Frank Grillo arms up in 'The Purge: Anarchy'
Frank Grillo arms up in 'The Purge: Anarchy'

There's going to be a lot of crazies on Purge night, and with murder being the most popular crime, they're going to be carrying AKs, machetes, buzzsaws, and a whole slew of weapons. Regardless of the crime YOU intend to commit you're going to need to protect yourself, and be prepared to take a life if necessary.

Guns may be the obvious choice, but they're only as good as your capability of using them. Make sure that you're confident in your ability of using the firearm(s) that you plan on taking with you, bring plenty of ammo and don't be stingy with it.

It's important to know that while guns can do some serious damage, their reliability is finite and you may run out of bullets before you mow down that mob of psychos. Melee weapons are never a bad choice, whether it's a blunt object or a sharp one, it's going to come in handy when your back is against the wall and you need a way out. But like guns, the better your ability in using said weapon, the more effective it will be.

Also, take some self-defense classes. That way, if you don't have a pistol or knife to save yourself, you're hands can be weapons on their own. Just remember to keep your wits sharp, the last thing you want are some masked creeps outsmarting you while you're going all Liam Neeson on them.

Proceed with caution

The group sticks together in 'The Purge: Anarchy'
The group sticks together in 'The Purge: Anarchy'

Danger lurks around every corner, and despite how many guns you have, they won't do you any good if you're careless about moving around.

Stay quiet, nobody will hear you coming and you could get the drop on that murderous lunatic before he knows you're even there. Better yet, you could pass by a whole gang of them without being spotted.

Be vigilante. People aren't afraid of getting creative with their killing methods, look out for traps that are set up throughout the gutters, alleyways, and sidewalks. And don't be afraid of shooting that guy in the mask laying on the hood of the car, you know he's pretending anyway and will jump up and attack as soon as you pass him.

Snipers pick off others from higher vantage points so stay low and keep moving. If it works with your plan, travel by rooftop. While everybody is killing one another down on the street, you could get from building to building with only having to deal with the occasional sniper here and there.

It's best to go with a group, you'll be able to watch each others' back and have eyes on every angle.

Section 2: Staying In

Ethan Hawke in 'The Purge'
Ethan Hawke in 'The Purge'

Not everybody will indulge in the Purge, a lot of people will stay home and fend off any strangers who come looking for their next kill. Hopefully that situation will never happen, but you still need to prepare for trouble to (literally) come knocking on your door.

Fortify every single door and window, whether it's a homemade barricade or the latest security system, make sure that your house is locked down tight when the Purge begins.

Make sure you're on good terms with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and everybody in your life. The last thing you want is for that friend you've known for years to stab you in the back (again, literally) because of some small thing you did that pissed him off.

Have an armory or some sort of weapons cache in your house, that way you can grab something and protect yourself from any intruders who manage to break into your home. Have weapons stashed in various places in case you are unable to get to said armory.

Final Words

Again, I highly doubt we will have a future where crime is legal for one night a year, but should it happen, this guide will help you prepare for survival. So just chow down on that burger, crack open that beer, watch the fireworks and enjoy your weekend!

How would you spend The Purge?


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