You can read part 2 of the series here.
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o, today there is a term that is used to describe someone that lives in a certain manner, or practices certain practices. They call a person like that a “prepper”.
Prepper is a modern term
Well, I find this interesting for a couple of reasons, the first reason being that, in the past, people just lived that way. There wasn’t anything different or special about it, there were no labels placed on those people, those people we just people doing what every person did.
A way of life
Once upon a time, people built their own homes with their own hands. They raised their own livestock and grew their own vegetables in a garden. They foraged for wild berries and mushrooms, hunted, and fished. This was just how the human animal lived for literally thousands of years.
It was only just in the last century or so when the industrial revolution came about, and this revolution, like any other, required people. So when the men went and worked in factories they stopped working on their farms.
Change of times
When the men stopped working on their farms and started working in factories, many of them moved to live closer to the factory in which they worked. For the most part, they brought their families with them.
This gave rise to the modern cities that cover our planet, spread out across the land with tendrils of highways, like cancerous growths. The cities give way to suburban areas that are covered with housing developments and shopping malls.
These cities and suburbs are population dense; most of the people there do not raise their own animals or grow their own vegetables. Other than the small percentage that has their own backyard gardens, they rely on industrialized farms to provide their food for them.
Without a doubt there are people in the cities that practice what we call “prepping”. But what percentage in the city do “prepare”, and to what extent, and to what end?
A bad word
Like any other “prepper’, they have stockpiles of food, and medicines. In many cases (even some that aren’t supposed to have them), they have weapons like knives, machetes, firearms, and ammunition, in order to protect themselves and their families (including their stockpiles) in the event of a crisis. What has been common practice for many people for centuries is now looked upon as a fad (or a threat) in many cases.
People that lived in the country, farmers, always have owned firearms for hunting and protection. Pretty much 100% of them that I have ever known have always owned at least a few shotguns and rifles.
The more modern thinking “prepper” usually owns firearms that some would consider military weapons. In many cases they do own actual military surplus weapons and/or weapons which have military equivalents such as the ever popular AR15 or AK47. Along with those weapons they will have ammunition, piles of it if they are smart preppers.
So think about this, in the event of a crisis, when people are starving and desperate, where do you think they will go? To what extent, to feed themselves and their families will they go? If YOU have stockpiles of food, water, and medicine, and people know you have it, weapons or not, they WILL come and try to take it.
They may not have stockpiled food and everything else, but they can still be armed. Even if the individual only has a handgun and one or two magazines of ammunition, think about all the bullets flying if there are 20 or 50 pistol armed people trying to get at your stockpiles. This is a lot of flying lead my friends.
You just have to realize that many people who aren’t preppers still own weapons, and they might turn those weapons against you if they are aware of what items that you may have stashed away.
Then you must consider the mob mentality. If you’ve never heard of that, it is when a large group of people will act in a way that each individual member of the group may not ordinarily act. This is why it is of the utmost importance that you TELL NO ONE THAT YOU ARE A PREPPER.
Secrecy in prepping, is pretty simple, really. You go quietly about your business, your day to day activities, working and what not, and quietly stockpile goods WITHOUT TELLING ANYONE. Just as in the Wing Tsun Kung Fu principle, “do not appear formidable”, in prepping, do not appear prepared. This eliminates you as a target.
This is no joke, do not take this lightly. If you are sitting on a stockpile of food, water, weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies, then in a time of crisis you are the target of people who are NOT sitting on those things. In a civilized society people are polite, but in times of duress people will lose their civility.
I have some news for you, if you aren’t aware, which let’s be realistic, if you are a serious prepper then you already know. But it isn’t just the local population of sheeple that you have to be concerned about.
Is this for real (yes, it is)
There is also the little matter of an executive order implemented by former president Obama called the “EXECUTIVE ORDER NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS” which can be read in its entirety here.
I read it, I didn’t see anywhere within all of the legalese jargon pertaining to the seizure of weapons, ammunition, and/or food and/or medical stockpiles from civilians. What I did see was one little sentence that stated that any privately owned business could be taken and converted for use by the government for their needs.
But that is no surprise, it happened during WWII as well. Most American companies went from manufacturing their regular products to making aircraft engines, tanks, jeeps, machine guns, artillery shells, small arms ammunition etc.
Read between the lines
However, if you read between the lines, the order basically states that the government can take anything from anyone during wartime or national emergency.
Taking that in to consideration, there are millions of firearm owners in America. Many of these firearms owners follow the “prepper” mentality, and so they would become a resource for the U.S. government.
From these American civilians, the government would be able to seize millions of tons of weapons, ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies in the event of “war or a national emergency”.
So that tells me that silence would most definitely be a virtue that would serve you well. In today’s online social society, a large percentage of people put everything they do day to day online for all to see. This makes it very easy for anyone that may be interested (HMMPFFNSA, cough, cough) to see who is doing what.
Largest building in Utah
If you think that sounds far-fetched, well, the NSA built “The Utah Data Center” in 2012, a two billion dollar fortress designed for gathering “data”. Now, of course, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about, right? Well that all depends on whether or not you fall in to one of several categories of people and organizations that they feel should have an eye kept on them.
Gun owners and preppers happen to be some of those people and organizations. In many countries if you have a group of people that own firearms, and have a club or organization, and this group may happen to discuss the government not always in a pleasant manner. Well, usually those groups of people are deemed dissenters and go away to faraway places, never to be seen again.
In America that doesn’t really happen. We are allowed to own firearms, and we are allowed to voice displeasure towards our government. Heck, we can even start an entirely new political organization if we want to; the Tea Party is an example of a recent political party.
Socialists and communists can even voice their opinion, but no one really gives two ratfarts what they think or say. Well, maybe the Democrats like what the socialists say, but let’s not get all political. Really, all politicians are pretty much liars, not just the Democrats.
Killing domestic terrorists
The issue with all of this however is that IF there just so happens to be an organization that seems to be a threat, they can be deemed as domestic terrorists and treated as such. Under the U.S. Government’s Targeted Killing Program anyone deemed a terrorist can be shot or even droned, although this is under great scrutiny and controversy, it is still a “law”.
I have no problem with that personally, there is definitely a problem in the world today One downfall to America’s freedoms is that many people that wish to do us harm come here and live and operate under the protection of our own laws. Silly, huh?
What I would have a problem with is the military or police agencies confiscating weapons, food, water, and other supplies from American citizens who had the forethought to prepare themselves for any emergency. I also have issue with a group of born and raised American preppers to be labeled domestic terrorists and killed. That just isn’t right, and both are ILLEGAL under The Constitution and Bill of Rights.
It can happen, and did
But if you think those types of things would never happen, just look at hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of this devastating hurricane many people were stranded in the flood waters, some on the roofs of their homes.
Still others were trapped in their home, although dry, they couldn’t get away due to the flooding and the MOBS of LOOTERS and bandits that threatened their safety. Or they just didn’t want to leave their homes, which is fully understandable. So these people barricaded themselves inside their homes and took up arms to defend themselves against the looters.
People were shot. By the police and military, IN their homes, while protecting themselves under the second amendment right to bear arms. The local police chief told his officers to confiscate weapons, the National Guard was also told to confiscate weapons. You have heard about the weapons confiscation, the people being shot thing was just kind of swept under the rug.
Here is a video from a news report from 2005 that shows the police and military BLATANTLY VIOLATING Americans civil and Constitutional rights, proving that it has happened, can happen, and could happen again.
Here is another video about the firearms confiscations during hurricane Katrina with interviews from citizens that experienced it.
The police broke several laws by even entering the homes without a warrant. Then by confiscating firearms, and then assaulting people (or killing them, but we don’t see those stories on the news) they broke even more laws.
With this in light, don’t think they wouldn’t do it again. You see, the difference here was that the Governor of Louisiana gave the order to confiscate the firearms, when in fact she didn’t have the authority to do so.
Who would have the authority to do so? You guessed it, the President of The United States during a “national emergency” or “state of war” could now give the order to confiscate not only weapons and ammunition, but anything else they want to under Obama’s “EXECUTIVE ORDER NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS”.
So shut up already
But they can’t TAKE it if they DON’T KNOW you have it. So shut up. Don’t tell people that you have firearms, don’t tell people that you have food stockpiles, and don’t tell people ANYTHING about your PERSONAL LIFE.
Quit going online on Facebook and showing your new gun you bought. Try to buy firearms used if allowable in your state. Rather than going online with your personal debit or credit card to buy ammunition, try to purchase it in person and with cash in a store, from an individual, or at a gun show. Keep the paper trail away.
Everything today is computerized and electronic, which means easily traceable. Although there is officially no national gun registry, there is a record of transactions within the stores that could be referred to in order to find out what “locals” own what guns.
It’s too late for me, I’m writing on a prepper site with my real name. I’ve already said I have piles of ammunition, heck, I even showed a picture of some of it in an article before. But I don’t do anything illegal, I’m not a dissenter, I love my country. I just don’t always agree with the guys in charge (especially the Democrats).
But the fact remains that if ever “they” decide there is a “national emergency”, they can come and knock on my door and inform me that I have to give them my stuff. But unfortunately I will have to inform them that I uh, I sold it all last week…
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
For part 2 of the “Secrecy in Prepping” series, click here.
Eric Eichenberger is an avid outdoorsman, skilled marksman, and former certified range officer and instructor with nearly 40 years experience handling and repairing firearms.
A skilled craftsman with a strong love for working with his hands, Eric spent 20 years as a carpenter and custom woodworker in high end homes. As a gold and silversmith he has created hundreds of pieces of jewelry over the years using the lost wax casting method.
The grandson of humble country folk, he was raised with the “do it yourself” mentality and so is accustomed to coming up with unique solutions to problems utilizing materials at hand.