Talk about “Gray Man,” my five year old Honda Civic looks like a hundred thousand other Honda Civics out there. It is even gray in color, the most popular color in that model run. There are no bumper stickers. There is nothing to indicate that I like guns, am into hunting or preparedness, nothing to indicate my political beliefs. Wonderful Wife’s vehicle is even older. It doesn’t quite fit in around the neighborhood since it is a little too old and worn out. In a poorer part of town no one would give it a second look. No stickers of any sort on it either.
I see cars and trucks all the time with stickers advertising the owner’s political beliefs and I wonder how well that would play should they be caught in a mob/riot somewhere around town. I see cars and trucks plastered with the names, sport of choice, school, jersey number and names of the kids whose parents own the vehicles. No risk of someone use that information for nefarious purposes. “Hey little Billy, get in the car. Your Mom sent me to get you. Nichole was hurt in basketball practice and she wants me to bring you up to the hospital.” “Hi, is this Nichole’s mom? This is coach Smith at the middle school. Yeah, she’s fine she just forgot her uniform fee. She’ll still be able to play in the big game if you could just give me a credit card number to charge it to.” What could go wrong with plastering that all over your car?
I see cars and trucks all the time plastered with stickers for gun manufacturers, ammo makers, and hunting gear. What better way to says “break into this vehicle first” that advertising your expensive hobbies and possessions? After all what petty thief wouldn’t love to graduate to armed robbery by taking the Glock out of someone’s glove box? AllOutdoor.com was shocked, shocked I say that vehicles with such stickers were intentionally targeted by thieves (link).
A sign out front that says “protected by Smith & Wesson” actually translates in criminal as “break in after I leave home to get some guns.”
Some of these same folks sporting these signs stickers and signs warn me I should blog about preparedness because it breaks Operational Security (OpSec)…yet they are driving gun store billboards around town.
It is a free country. Make your own choices about what you advertise around your home, on your vehicle and on your person. I have made mine.
Take care and God bless.
P.S. I am not perfect, there are a couple of “non-gray man” choices I have made. I carry a “tacticool” molle covered man bag with the stuff I don’t want to cram into my cargo pockets. There is a morale patch on the bag that says “In God We Trust.” If the sun is bright I am usually wearing a khaki ball cap with the American or Texas flag embroidered on it to keep the sun from burning my bald head.