Welcome to this week’s Urban Survival Newsletter, brought to you by the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course and Tim Larkin’s Target Focus Training. This week, we’re going to talk about a very sensitive topic: How to tell the difference between preppers, survivalists, and domestic terrorists…and I’m going to tell you how to get free access to the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course.
I’ll be blunt. I’m a little sick of the government and the media bunching preppers in with domestic terrorists just because I have a Bible, a gun, a garden, and some food to feed my family with if a natural or manmade disaster happens. And, in a few weeks, I’m headed to DC for the first of several trips this year to work on a project to fix the prepper image at the Pentagon, the US Army War College, and possibly even with DHS.
This isn’t a new idea. I’ve been talking with my friends at the Pentagon and guys who work with fusion centers about this for almost 2 years now. The concern has started to come to the surface and I was even on “The Shift Economy” radio show with John Henderson from Strategic Independence Group a couple of weeks ago discussing the differences between “Preppers” and “Survivalists.” It’s time to take action and I need your help with this…
Things are so messed up that DHS does public service announcements saying that you should have 72 hours to 7 days of supplies on hands in case of disaster, but then tells law enforcement that preparedness is a sign of potential domestic terrorism.
These actions are very dangerous—and here’s why:
1. The more preppers an area has, the more stable it will be after a breakdown in the supply chain and the quicker it will recover. Preppers create stable micro-environments after disasters by being able to take care of themselves without outside help. These stable micro-environments start with individuals, then spread to houses, then a single block, then entire neighborhoods. By encouraging 72 hour kits but demonizing true preparedness and self-reliance, the government is creating a situation where it will be harder to stabilize areas and recover after natural and manmade disasters.
2. Local authorities and first responders NEED preppers after disasters. They are manned and equipped for “normal” times and they’re depending on “good Samaritans” coming out of the woodwork in disaster situations…good Samaritans who are self-reliant and who can help take care of others around them to take the load off of the municipal infrastructure. You not only need people with medical, trauma, search and rescue, fire suppression, and traffic control skills, but you also need people who law enforcement can turn to to do things like guard morgues in mass casualty situations so they can do more specialized police work.
3. Demonizing preparedness drives preppers underground. It’s good for preppers to be somewhat discrete with their preparedness so as to not make themselves an unnecessary target for thieves before a disaster or looters after. On the other hand, if preppers fear the government knowing that they’re prepping, their buying habits are going to start looking similar to those of people who are doing something illegal. This is a pain in the rear for preppers and creates additional unnecessary work from law enforcement.
What’s the big common denominator here? Stability. Preppers and survivalists want stability. They want to go about their daily lives, raise their kids in peace, enjoy time with friends and family, and they want a stable infrastructure in place to help make those things a possibility. They may like guns, martial arts, and learning action hero skills, but the driving reason for these is to insure stability and safety for themselves, their families, and their friends. They’re willing to fight if attacked, but they aren’t looking for a fight to interrupt their lives.
Preppers and survivalists (referred to simply as preppers from here on) have more to gain by keeping things stable than by having things go unstable. Most importantly, they have people who they love who they don’t want hurt if civil order broke down. They’re able to function in society, have positive goals and ambitions, and most would be perfectly fine if they got to the end of their life and realized that they never had to depend on their preparations for survival.
In short, preppers are motivated by love. Love of life, family, friends, God, country, and even liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness. They volunteer for the military, they have careers in law enforcement, first responders, or they respect the military, law enforcement, and first responders. They are people you want as neighbors and friends in good times and bad.
Domestic terrorists, on the other hand, crave instability. They want families to live in fear. They want supply chains to fail. Death and injury are simply tools to advance a twisted agenda. They aren’t content to play nicely with others and constantly seek ways to gain power at the expense of other people’s pain and suffering. They don’t have loving relationships with others in a traditional sense. Many create a situation where they feel they have more to gain by creating pain for others than by helping others.
But unfortunately domestic terrorists and preppers have many similarities from a macro-filtering perspective. In other words, most domestic terrorists do all of the same prepping activities that preppers do…only they add in hate and a desire to cause pain and suffering. It’s hard to tell the difference when filtering through credit card statements or sending out warnings to local law enforcement and retailers about suspicious activities to look out for.
And the mere fact that someone takes a tactical carbine class won’t tell a bean counter in DC whether or not the person is a competitive shooter, learning how to protect their family, just likes doing fun GI Joe activities, or if they’re a domestic terrorist.
The current standards are SO broad that they’re unusable. Do you own an American flag? Do you read the Bible? Do you have ammo for your firearms? Do you like privacy? Do you know any statements from the founding fathers? Do you think there MIGHT be trouble with the economy? Do you believe ANY issues might be handled better on the local level than the federal level? If so, it obviously means you’ve got swastika tattooed on your head and you’re out to overthrow the country.
It’s like saying that if anyone admits to wanting to have sex then they must be a rapist. It’s ridiculous. This opinion has got to change. And, as I said earlier, I need your help in trying to make it happen at both the local and national level.
I need ammo when I’m sitting down with people in DC to help illustrate to them WHY local preppers provide the best hope for recovery after disasters and concrete ways that we are different than domestic terrorists. I need to hear how you think you’re different than a domestic terrorist. And I need to hear what you love enough to spend time and money on preparedness.
Specifically, I need easy to identify markers to differentiate preppers from domestic terrorists that DHS could send out in a future bulletin to law enforcement or use in group presentations or that myself and others could use in presentations to local law enforcement agencies around the country.
The most pressing concern is getting the word out to local law enforcement who have been told by DHS that preppers are a potential danger that we are, in fact, allies who both want stability and safety for our families and loved ones…both before and after disasters.
But DHS is training local law enforcement on how to identify potential domestic terror threats and by going to the source of the training, we have a chance to impact the greatest number of law enforcement agencies as quickly as possible.
Is this naive and a waste of time? The efforts with DHS will quite possibly be a waste of my time. I’ve gone through several DHS trainings myself and there ARE good people there. The problem will be cutting through the politics that are present with any federal agency. That being said, the same presentation and argument that I’ll be making with DHS will be usable by myself and others with local law enforcement agencies and there will be a much better chance of cutting through the crap on the local level…especially if personal relationships are in play. It’s also an argument that reporters will run across when doing web searches for articles and will provide you a way to defend yourself as a prepper when you find yourself in an anti-preparedness conversation.
I really need your input, assistance, and feedback on this so I’m going to give away 3 prize packages for the best 3 comments this week. The packages will include online access to the SurviveInPlace.com course and bonuses, a copy of my book, “Urban Survival Guide,” and a deck of Urban Survival Playing Cards…over a $120 value if you would go out and buy the package and priceless if you ever find yourself in a survival situation.
Here’s what I want your feedback on:
- Why are preppers an asset after a disaster?
- How are preppers and potential domestic terrorists different? (buying patterns, activities, etc.)
- Why do you consider yourself a prepper? What do you love enough that you’re willing to spend time and money on preparedness?
Let me know by commenting below. And if you work in domestic terrorism for the federal government and/or with a fusion center, I’d appreciate your feedback on this undertaking…either directly or by commenting below.