The Sunday SHTF Survival Weekly – Week 30
This week, on the Sunday SHTF Summary, I’d like to take the time to discuss the state of the world in light of the terrible tragedy in Newtown, CT. Obviously, words cannot describe the loss these folks experienced but our thoughts and prayers are with them.
I want to cover four main areas today – the media, gun control, parenting and how it impacts preppers.
The media has sunk to all new lows during this terrible event. They shove microphones in parents, teachers and kids’ faces to get their emotional reaction. They do it for one reason only…ratings. They are hoping for an over the top or explosive reaction they can have grab attention. In a word it is sickening.
I understand trying to find a reason why this maniac did this by interviewing family members or people he knew. However, the rest is just sensationalizing the tragedy when these folks should have time and space to grieve. So is what the media doing despicable?
I say yes but what are they really doing? They are giving people what they want. We are a society of rubberneckers. We love to be nosy and witness others reacting to events. It’s no wonder that reality TV took off in this country. We stop to watch car accidents, flock to fire scenes and live for celebrity flame outs. WE are the ones driving the medias’ behavior. We want to see this stuff and can’t take our eyes off it.
This event has given the gun control supporters another example to point to for stricter gun laws. How I feel about this one is certainly a bit conflicted. I am a parent of small children and do not know how I would go on if this tragedy met our family. However, I also see the value of owning a firearm to protect your family in a SHTF scenario.
The problem with gun control has been beat to death on many sites/forums. It does not solve the problem as bad people will still get a hold of guns if they want to do bad things. Look at drugs.
In fact, I recently saw a graphic that showed that non-firearm homicides were more common that firearm related homicides. Also, the #1 weapon used in those homicides according to the FBI? Baseball bats. No outcry for banning those.
Where should the focus be? Would Lanza have been able to kill people without legal guns? Sure. As many as he did? Likely not. However, the motive for this pyscho was there. What should we be looking at here?
My opinion? Parenting.
Obviously, this kid was in a bad place and had some hostile feelings towards his mother. Something in his upbringing went horribly wrong and this is the way he lashed out. Instead of focusing on the instruments these unstable people use when taking out their anger on the world, shouldn’t we be discovering what gets them to this point? This kid could have chosen a knife, a cross bow or a bat to do his damage. The fact remains, the raising of this kid is what caused his actions.
The question is how we help parents with the raising of their kids to be sure they don’t turn out this way. Hopefully, some light is shed on what cause Lanza to go off and then we educate the world on how to avoid it with their own kids. Many say religion helps and I have to say, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Do we really that this type of issue is going to get fixed or can we expect more of these?
My opinion is this is the new way in the world and you will always have to be on guard Parents will pull their kids from school and look to home school. Schools will institute stricter security standards. Police will be on guard at schools. When you see a potential threat, if you ignore by not preparing, you are foolish.
We, as preppers, do that all the time. Read and react.
Let’s hope the parents around the country focus more on their kids’ mental state.
Please, tonight and for many nights to come, keep the folks of Newtown in your thoughts and prayers. They will certainly need it.