For several years I have been talking about the potential of civil unrest or even another civil war. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we are still headed down that path. Being aware of the probability of such occurrences and being ready for them remains a top goal for us.
The problem is how do you prepare for something like that?
Oh sure, I have ammunition, guns and practice with them regularly. In fact my wife is “properly equipped” as well but how far will that go against a mob? How far will that go against a coordinated campaign by a group like Antifa against those of us who hold conservative values?
Well, arms are a part of it but here is our strategy for a major social disruption:
I don’t think most folks take this seriously. Most people are so wrapped up in their own little worlds that when the bottom drops out they will be taken completely by surprise. One of the biggest keys to personal protection is being aware of your surroundings. Vigilance is that same sort of awareness on a macro level. Instead of keeping your head up and your eyes on a swivel this means scanning the headlines and being aware of what’s going on in the community at large and the country. It also means accepting the possibility (probability) that something like this could happen.
During the last major American Civil War (what I grew up hearing referred to as the War of Northern Aggression) my family survived because they had a secret stash of food. Each time the northern troops came by to take supplies from the farm the commanding officer stood there by the fire while his troops took anything and everything edible that was in the barn, cellars and smokehouse. What he didn’t know was that under the very stone he was standing on was a second, hidden cellar. Originally built as a hideout in case of attack by “Native Americans” it held enough food that, along with some foraging, to keep the family alive during those years. We don’t have a secret hidden cellar but we do have food set aside to help keep us going through tough times.
Money may not make the world go round but as we have seen time and time again it can help get people and their family out of harms way when the smoke turns to flames. How many families were able to escape Hitler’s Europe or the Russian revolution because they had cash and valuables on hand to enable them to flee? Not enough. Most either didn’t see it coming (see the previous section) or didn’t have the means to drop everything and run. I don’t want my family to be in this position.
While a couple of ARs and a handgun or two won’t hold off a mob they might be useful against smaller, more targeted attacks. Making sure that other adult members of the family are similarly equipped may help even against larger groups. At least once a year most of the men in the family get together and “go on patrol” stalking pigs and deer through the forest. While such “training” is nothing to compare with the training our military receives it is probably leaps and bounds ahead of what groups like Antifa are doing (hopefully).
One of the best ways to survive when the cities burn is to be far removed from the flames. We don’t have a place of our own yet but we are working on getting one. Initially it will be for hunting and getaways but eventually we plan to move out there to retire.
Well that’s our plan. What do you think? What are we missing? Where are we going wrong.
Take care and God bless.