Prepper. Is that really a projarative?
I stumbled across this little gem on a website I won’t dignify with a link. This post claims the prepper “rightly fingers conspiracy theorists and anti-government nut-jobs who are strangely looking forward to a biblical End of Days to descend they can break out their toys and supplies to fight the resulting looting-spree / civil-war / zombie-apocalypse.”
Wow. Please humor me as I take a look at this. (Google the quote if you really need the source).
The Oxford Dictionary defines a prepper as: A person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.
You would have to read quite a bit into the “A person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future” to assume they were a thermal-suit wearing jade-helm alarmist.
I firmly believe that a hurricane will strike again in my lifetime. I was in New Orleans right after Katrina. I am concerned about power outages. I had my electricity knocked out by a storm for 3 days in the middle of the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States. I cannot fathom that a person believing that some terrible thing might befall them is outside the norm at all.
The last part of the definition, makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies. This basically describes anyone who might want a full larder for a bad winter, or a family who saves up water in case of the dreaded “boil water notice” from your local municipality, or even the ARFcommer who builds himself an ammo-fort.
Realistically and statistically there is very little to be sacrificed and there is much risk to be negated if you play the prepper a bit. Keeping a small stockpile of the non-perishable foods you eat, some drinking water and spare ammo on hand will help you and may allow you to weather;; shortages, weather emergencies, layoffs, debilitating health issues and financial crisis.
My ammo supply allowed me to handle the industry-wide shortages after sandy hook, just like my AR-15 parts and giant magazine collection allowed me to make it through the post-Obama election period without any drama.
I have had days when my water was out and not having to make a trip to the store to make coffee or kool-aid was nice. A few days of frozen pipes or some contaminant in the water supply is not a terrible stretch.
While my figure could probably use a few days, or weeks, of eating the bare minimum needed to sustain life, having a few weeks or months of food on hand can really help out on the grocery bill if times are tight in your house.
Why wouldn't you prep?