Preppers R Us: Social Media Wonders, ‘Is It Time?’

Panic. It’s a time-tested, well-proven fact that instigating panic is not only a specialty of the mainstream media but one of their favorite methods of so-called “reporting.” And like a CD stuck on a continuous repeat, they’re at it again. This time, though, that panic isn’t exactly being created by the media. It’s a fire being encouraged by the conservative side of the media, one with flames being fanned by social media.

The posts have been appearing on Facebook with ever-increasing vengeance: fear that “this is it,” the SHTF moment is about to arrive. Fear that perhaps now it’s time to cash out savings accounts, get a new line of credit, do whatever it takes to finance the purchase of some more guns and ammo. A few people have even had the less-than-stellar ideas of pulling money from retirement accounts early, eating the penalties for the sake of adding a gun or two to their collection. The fear is real and it does not appear to be backing off any time soon.

There are two words for this current group of panic-stricken posters. A pair of words of advice, as it were, for those frantically making plans to annihilate their finances for the sake of a pistol and a crate of target rounds. Two will suffice.

You’re late.

Not just a little late, either. Disastrously late. Panicking now because Obama let his anti-gun plans be known via CNN’s Guns in American Town Hall Meeting or panicking due to fear of the likely outcome of the upcoming presidential election (spoiler alert: Hillary wins); it’s all far too late. Too little, too late.

15 years ago terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into their chosen targets. Those targets were filled with American citizens going about their daily lives, going to work, enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat with a coworker, only to have those lives ripped from them with no warning. 15 years ago, Americans rallied, banded together, and displayed national pride on a level that not only did the heart good, it did the nation good. No, it did the nation great. Today we could use just a fraction of the pride stirred by 9-11’s atrocities. All those years ago, with an open, violent attack on American soil, would’ve been the perfect time to panic.

Pistol BarrelOr perhaps even further back, a trip of decades: Pearl Harbor. It may have been an attack on our nation’s military rather than one focused solely on civilians but that does not lessen its horror. From a tactical standpoint it was worse because it was painfully clear just how little Japan thought of our ability to defend ourselves as a nation.

More recently we’ve enjoyed seven years as a nation under the reign of a president who has voiced his dislike – no, his outright hatred – of the country he presides over. Perhaps it should have been a warning, seven years ago, when the newly minted First Lady announced she had never been proud of America until that moment: the moment her husband, Barack Hussein Obama, was elected as the President of the United States. Perhaps the deluge of double-talk, empty promises, and not-so-hidden agendas should have been a warning.

Perhaps the harbinger of impending doom has hung over our nation for far too long, and people are only now starting to take notice.

The time to prepare was long ago. After all, they aren’t preparations when they’re only made moments before disaster strikes. At that point they become randomly assembled items you just hope and pray will be good enough to get you through. Hoping to eat without access to a grocery store? Those dozen cans of beans you purchased on impulse won’t get you far. Hoping to defend yourself against an unknown number of attackers determined to see you dead? 50 rounds of ammo is only a lot to a brand new shooter looking to master their first gun.

Not to say there’s no point in preparing if you’re only just now beginning. It’s never too late to do something, it’s just more effective in the long run if it’s done right. With that in mind, quit posting on Facebook and start prepping. More than likely the bulk of the panicked posters have not done a single thing towards the preparations they so worriedly fretted over in a public manner.

In today’s society anyone who owns a gun is seen as a potential threat by most of those outside the gun world. Owning more than one gun raises those concerns from mild to moderate and owning a lot of guns – what is a lot, anyway? – shoots those worries right into the flashing red danger zone. Don’t even consider owning more than one small box of ammo, either. Owning more than 20 rounds – okay, 50, if you must – is a sure sign of bad things to come. This is the stigma now attached to guns and gun owners, and it’s one we won’t be shaking off in the near future.

When it comes to prepping, the stigma is even worse because it comes from within. There are quite a few gun owners out there who look down their noses at those who prep, seeing it as a sign of paranoia. Of course, those people are often imagining underground bunkers stockpiled with hundreds of thousands of grenades, thousands of machine guns, and numerous crates of unstable dynamite. Saying there is a stereotype attached to preppers is a rather massive understatement. The fact that the stereotype isn’t being discouraged by other gun owners but encouraged only makes things worse. So what to do when you’re a gun owner looking to turn prepper, but you don’t want to look…how do you say it…crazy.

RiflesYou know what’s crazy? Not doing anything because you’re concerned with what others will think about you.

It really doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a prepper or not. Any gun owner worth his or her salt has a nice pile of ammunition tucked away for each of their firearms. It has nothing to do with paranoia – although it can hardly be called paranoia when they really are out to get you – and everything to do with wanting to be able to use your guns. Being forced to run to the gun store each and every time you want to do some target practice or go hunting isn’t just an inconvenience, it can be a real problem. There is all too frequently a limit on how many boxes of ammo a customer can buy at one time which means if you want some serious range time with your self-defense handgun, you’d better have it at home already. Otherwise you may well be limited to a couple 20 or 50-round boxes.

When it comes to the guns themselves, it’s really quite simple. There is a job for every gun. People who think there is one rifle capable of handling all forms of hunting or one handgun for every potential self-defense need are either not part of the gun world or are uneducated idiots. Owning multiple guns is necessary if you want all your bases covered, and if you’re a family of shooters it’s nice to have enough guns to go around. Sharing a single gun on a hunt among several people would be a rather large inconvenience, not to mention it would probably lose you some game meat. Oh, and for the naysayers: yes, you can and should hunt with pistols as well as long guns. It’s not only highly effective, it’s fun.

There’s nothing off-the-wall crazy about prepping, and frankly it’s high time to call it what it really is. Having the guns, ammunition, and assorted gear you need or foresee needing is not being a survivalist or a prepper, it’s being a responsible adult. Having those guns and the ammo to feed them in your possession means you’ll be able to keep your household stocked with fresh game meat and also protect yourself from looters or others who might harm you and yours. Since when is being responsible a crazy thing to do?

It’s also high time people stop panicking at intervals, crying how now maybe it’s time to buy a gun, now maybe it’s time to stock up on ammo. Come on, people. It’s always a good time to buy a gun and you darn well better have ammunition to go with it (you also darn well better have non-perishable food and water in your house, because disasters come in both natural and unnatural forms). Stop crying wolf and do it already. The wolf isn’t “maybe” going to come your way, the wolf is already at your door. Stop ignoring reality and get to it.

Be responsible. Buy a gun – and the ammo to go with it.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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