Herschel posts a video of a bipedal parasite.
I wouldn’t embed this video except that I have actually talked to people like this. Yes, to someone who told me he was arming himself (and even minimizing ammunition purchases) but planned to take what ammunition he had and steal ammo and food from other people.
I’m not kidding.
That’s certainly bad enough, but individuals like this can be dealt with as and when they crop up. There’s another thieving predator out there, though—a much more fearsome one.
Like him, I’ve also met people who openly talk in such terms. They’ve spent thousands of dollars on their guns, accessories, ammo and the like, but very little on everyday necessities that will be in short supply if (when) trouble comes. They consider themselves well prepared for emergencies, but in reality they’re only prepared to rob those who have prepared well for emergencies.
Bear in mind, too, that this is a very likely official response in an emergency. I’ve seen it time and time again in real life in the Third World, and there’s plenty of history of it in the First World too. In a crisis, the authorities mostly won’t have reserve supplies to feed people, but they’ll be under pressure by a huge number of folks demanding that they “do something!” There’s not much they can do, except take whatever supplies they can find from those who have them, under cover of a proclamation of a state of emergency. If you check your state’s and town’s laws and statutes, you’ll almost certainly find legal authorization for such proclamations, including the right for theauthorities to take whatever they need from anywhere or anyone to deal with the emergency. It’s standard legal boilerplate, and it’s ubiquitous. (Look at the official seizure of firearms in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and how the authorities confiscated whatever they needed from those who had it – including cops looting stores right alongside “regular” looters. Learn from that example. If it happened there, it can happen where you are, too.)
If things go to hell in a handbasket, expect official proclamations forbidding “hoarding”, and demanding that those who have, share with those who have not. When the nice policemen come door to door, demanding to search your property (without a warrant) and confiscate half or more of your supplies to feed those who don’t have them, they won’t take “No” for an answer. They’ll have their orders. They’ll also have their own families that need food; and their bosses (political and/or law enforcement) will have made it clear to them that if they don’t produce the goods from the community, they and their families won’t eat either. If you try to stop them, you’ll be lucky to escape with an arrest and a beating. In a Third World nation, you’ll likely eat a bullet or three if you’re so stupid.
If grasshoppers think that an ant has food, they’ll come a-running. If some of those grasshoppers are well-armed individuals who think they can take what they need from you, as discussed in the video above, you’d best have some means on hand to deter them – or stop them the hard way.
Hey, I’m good with that. In a SHTF situation, my plan is to shoot first, early, and repeatedly, until not one skel is left upright. As one of Herschel’s commenters reminds us: The training period is coming to an end, use the remaining time well. Indeed so.