As tensions increase between the US and North Korea, each side threatening TEOWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It), a side consequence is that surplus and sporting ‘tactical’ equipment retailers are raking it in…BIG time, as ‘panic buying’ sets in. Next thing you know, you won’t be able to find a roll of duct tape or plastic sheeting anywhere!
Read this article describing what’s going on in Royal Oak, Michigan where, apparently, panic buying is occurring.
Having or increasing preps is not a bad thing. It’s the foundation of preparedness. However, what’s missing in the equation, akin to someone forgetting to carry the ‘2’ in a long hand math equation (old school, no calculator), is that the result will be wrong.
Skill in using whatever those preps are that are ‘flying off the shelves.’
For every piece of equipment you have, whether it be firearms or M40 masks, you must learn how to effectively use them, and then maintain the perishable skill by practicing regularly with them.
Buying Potassium Iodide being an exception (because you can die if you use it incorrectly – so diligent study in when, how much, etc) is required.
Anything else needs to be cemented into the physical skill mastery area by repetition (one more exception: Atropine applications – not that you can get it legally, but if you did, you wouldn’t practice sticking the injector in your thigh).
Training is the ‘2’ you have to carry in the multiplication equation in order to get to the correct answer. Shortcuts don’t hack it. The answer to staying alive in a SHTF scenario is not ‘common core’ based.
I’ve seen many folks get panicked and buy cases of ammunition an AR, a good service pistol, shoot them a couple times, clean the weapons, put them a way, and say, “Ok, I’m good to go.”
Or buy a complete, “I’m not coming back here again” ruck and accouterments and never get out and walk with their rucks. Heart. Attack. Waiting. To. Happen.
And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with ‘Prepper Panic Buying.’ It doesn’t keep you safe. At most, all that can do is make you ‘feel’ safe. I’ve said for decades, “I’d rather know I’ve got a chance than to ‘feel’ safe.” Feelings are bullshit. Knowledge, based on the many, many hours of training, repetition, and muscle memory gained is what provides the peace of mind that, “Maybe we’ve got a chance if things go bad.” No guarantees; but a better chance than volunteering to be a resupply point for marauders by simply buying and storing equipment and supplies.
Think seriously about this subject.