If you’ve been visiting Tactical Catholic for a while you know that I am sympathetic towards those commonly labeled as “preppers”. What I have learned though, especially these last few weeks is that “prepper” and “survivalist” are being used interchangeably by the media and not to cast in a positive light those who appreciate preparedness. I don’t think it’s fair, but it is a reality that the majority of people who talk about preppers on the major media see everyone who chooses to prepare for potential difficulty in the below listed stereotypes. According to them, you all …
- horde stockpiles of food, water, weapons, and ammunition to the point you should be feared
- oppose law and order because you at some point made a comment that was other than “glowing” regarding the current administration, and therefore you should be feared.
- train in secret militias bent on violence, malice, and anarchy, and therefore should be feared.
- build impregnable fortresses capable of resisting the rising militarized police force and should be feared.
- are crazy and should be feared
Think I’m wrong? Look at the programs that use the words survivalist (not survivor) and prepper. They pick the most extreme cases they can find for a sensationalized television program. They label anyone with primitive skills as a survivalist so they can group an individual criminal with every law abiding citizen with similar skills. They want gun owners to be equated with violent criminals. Why? Because if they do, they can create fear and/or ridicule to alienate or even persecute the preparedness community.
It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. Mention that you found a great deal at Aldi and were able to buy a month’s worth of soup. Ooooooh. Now, you’re a prepper. You probably have 3000 guns at home and a bazooka and a stolen helicopter too. It’s just a matter of time before you attack the innocent at a Starbucks. Irrational fear.
Here’s another truth. Bad guys commit crime. They do not follow the rules. They do not abide by your gun free zones. They do not care that you have worked hard to provide for your family. They want what they want and they will do what they want to get it. On the other hand, law abiding citizens do the right thing. They do not intend to harm anyone. They see situations for which they wish to be prepared and lawfully do so. If they conceal carry firearms they do so for protection of themselves and the ones they love. To group the law abiding prepper with the horder or the criminal is ludicrous. That is the same as equating every driver with DUI offenders. You own a car don’t you? Well, don’t you know that drunk drivers kill people? You use coupons don’t you (you had better)? Well, you are obviously an extreme couponer guilty of using fraudulent coupons and that’s why my corn costs $1/can.
You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
I’m very excited to tell you that we’re going to have several shows this year to talk about preparedness, homesteading, self-sufficiency, 2nd amendment rights, home safety, gardening, disaster response planning, and a whole lot more. What I ask of you is to suspend your stereotyping until after you’ve listened to me and my guests. I think you will see balance, fair mindedness, and common sense. I also think you might learn something that will help you in a time of need.
I like watching the survival and prepping shows that have been popping up on television in recent years. I think that with the general lack of preparedness seen with the highly publicized superstorms, wildfires, earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes, more and more people are at least thinking about taking precautions. What about you? Read the rest of this entry