Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Welcome, liberal preppers

It's almost a Poe:
Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election.

An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before...Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal.

With Trump now days away from assuming the White House, Waugh’s preparing for the worst. He’s made “bug-out bags” stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats*.
Hmmm... Never owned a gun before - never liked them - but now owns two because he's concerned about possible government tyranny.  I'm betting he is suddenly very glad he was able to buy them with a minimum of fuss. Send in your NRA dues, buddy.

But be that as it may, I welcome the multitude of cat-herding, granola-storing nuevo preppers to ranks of the almost self-sufficient.  I mean that in all earnest. If Mr. and Mrs. Waugh and their cats are not prepared for SHTF, then when it comes they will be a burden on others.  To the extent they are prepared, they can be a blessing to others. I would rather live in a land full of self-sufficient liberals than in a land of conservatives whose children are on the brink of starvation.

Do I believe that there are going to be hordes of liberal preppers hoarding food and guns alongside their more traditional counterparts?  Not really.  Liberals are people of emotion, and emotions pass. They are scared now and trying to assuage that fear**.  But I don't really think that they will make a long-lived attempt to get and stay small-town or rural, to become more self-sufficient, to re-learn lost skills and to do the things that normal preppers*** do.

I do hope, however, that they do one thing normal preppers do: get some training with those guns, especially the 9mm, before you kill yourself or one of your cats. You are now a gun owner. Be a responsible one.

* Perhaps the only way Mr. Waugh could be a more stereotypical liberal would be for him to be storing up granola bars for his husband and their cats.
** I make an obvious exception for liberals who are long-term specialty farmers, permaculturalists, and the like - you know, the kind of liberals who are already doing things because those things are important. These people are preppers without even thinking about it.
*** if "normal preppers" is not an oxymoron.


  1. Spend a couple of hours yesterday listening to two or three (not sure whether the third was part of the group or just along for the ride) teachers write a grant application for a trip to NYC this July. They were concerned they'd be safe--after all Trump would be president by then.

    Eyes rolling--and not just at that. Check with Rogue for my Facebook post on the event.

  2. I'm actually a bit concerned when I hear of a liberal turning prepper and purchasing firearms. There is a reason they do not, as a rule, keep firearms. Emotionally unstable. On the other hand, if they work up to training, and etc., in time, they have a serious chance at growing up. Growing up, to a strong degree, is not just learning and exercising rights, but then adding in learning about the responsibilities, and history behind, those rights.

    At first a gun seems empowering, then it is terrifying, then it is... just a duty and right. A proud tradition only those worthy of being free can be allowed to have. Then again, I would arm most of the world, men, most women, some old children. In some ways, that would be the ultimate democracy. Troubles? Of course, but they would be ironed out quickly. Even no-go zones would fail quickly.

    If there is a danger to guns, though, it is to those who are novice and emotion-based. And yet... goody. And three cats though? Good luck herding those! Wouch. I am afraid of even moving, because a cat may just as well go back home on their own. Just not like dogs. And I don't think they would travel with you on foot. You'd almost have to carry them. Remember, they sleep much of the day. Whatevs.

    1. At first a gun seems empowering, then it is terrifying...

      Yup. My biggest concern with new gun owners is that they bought it because they were scared of Trump, now they're scared of the gun so they hide it in the closet. Then something goes bump in the night and they grab it and pull the trigger.

      Then the NYT says, "Gun-hoarding right-wing prepper arrested for shooting cat in midnight rampage."

    2. I'll be honest, just for myself? If push comes to shove I may not defend myself. Trust me, I can. How many people do you know who can do a sudoku in 5 seconds? It isn't speed... it's hope. I am saved, some others could be, even if it cost me flesh. Won't promise, it depends... on a sense of things. If I'm not feeling it, they'll go down. Still... it's out there. I might not, for their sake, if I think they have a sake. I guess I trust God to guide me.