Just had to login and comment since this thread has two of my favorite prepper fallacies, 1) “People with money are stupid and will be the first to die”, and 2) “If the SHTF I’ll just steal what I need”.
The former often heard from posters having self-professed financial difficulties. I don’t want to pour salt on that wound, but if you’re having difficulty surviving in times of plenty then a disaster isn’t going to improve your odds. It may be fun to fantasize about those lazy, unprepared, undeserving, affluent people ending up at the bottom of the pecking order before they die of starvation because no one will take their gold or Cadillacs in exchange for a loaf of bread, but that’s not reality. The single biggest factor on who survives disasters is wealth, poor people die in much greater numbers.
On the latter, the law protects criminals as much (or more) than it protects the law abiding in civilized society. As much as I’d like to beat the living S out of shoplifters and thieves, I can’t today without likely getting arrested for assault and then sued by the perp in civil court. The law protects the criminals. It’s for this same reason I have sirens on the burglar alarms in my homes and outbuildings, because today I just want to scare off thieves – not risk a confrontation that results in injury and possible legal and financial consequences. Today I’ll just call the police and file an insurance claim if needed. In a WROL situation that changes, the sirens will be turned off so it’s just a silent alarm. I’ve given considerable thought to, and made preparations for, how to deal with looters and thieves in a SHTF/WROL environment, including how to ensure my actions appear justified (in case there might be some doubt, as mistakes could happen) once the rule of law is restored. No “shovel and shutup” here most likely, just roll the bodies up in a tarp, spray-paint “armed looter” on them, and dump them in a ditch at a nearby intersection. Should help cut down on the crime rate in our area, and if or when questioned by the authorities on what happened later, they’ll just be one story told, mine, and I have it memorized already.
On the question of BOLs, imo it’s only those that can’t afford one that don’t see the need for one. Would you want only one firearm? One vehicle? One first aid kit? Why would having one house be any different? If you’re an avid all-weather camper, then OK. Have a cousin like that, he doesn’t self-identify as a prepper (self-identifying being the only requirement to be a “prepper” I guess), but spends at least a week each year tent camping in a national forest while deer hunting in northern Michigan in November. People with that kind of experience might pull it off, the risk of failure and death (or just a very miserable existence) seems pretty high otherwise.
Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:02 am