This article has been generously shared with SHTFplan readers by regular community contributor Norse Prepper.
In the movie Tin Cup, Roy McAvoy played by Kevin Costner states “I hit it again because that shot was a defining moment, and when a defining moment comes along, you define the moment… or the moment defines you.”
Looking forward there are going to be many defining moments that will arrive at your doorstep and you better be prepared to act or others will act for you. Knowing what you will do in these moments will make all the difference in the world. If and when the SHTF, preppers will be better off than 99 percent of the masses because it was expected. It was prepared for and decisions have been made for months to years ahead of time of what will need to be done if…it…happens. Preppers won’t be in a panic such as what we saw in the wake of hurricane Sandy, they were prepared. Having these decisions made ahead of time will lead to an increased level of sanity when the world has become insane around them.
There are a multitude of different scenarios that could play out. I believe it will help people to have a plan for when they do. It would be impossible to be comprehensive in this article, however the following are three key scenarios we should all be prepared to face.
Defining Moment #1: What if comprehensive gun control laws are passed
What if the government passes laws that ban the possession of a gun you have? As we all know, there is a major push across this nation by the left to ban different types of guns, ammunition, magazines and the list goes on and on. These laws go against everything the founding fathers of the United States meant when they passed the 2nd Amendment guaranteeing our rights to bear arms. That being said, what if the government bans them anyways? We only need to look as far as the state of New York to see that it is happening, Constitutional or not.
A defining moment with respect to this scenario will be if a law is passed that says you have 30 days to hand in all of your guns, ammunition and magazines with the penalty of non compliance being felony charges and imprisonment. It is already unlawful for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. By not handing the government your weapons, if discovered you too will become a felon. What are you doing on day 30? Will you comply and line up to throw your guns on the pile and walk away a law abiding citizen, knowing full well that you are also now in position to become a victim to the violent act of a criminal who didn’t care about the law?
It is easier for someone to say “Out of my cold dead hands!!!” than it is to actually prevent that from happening. With the big brother state of government that we live in, it is hard to believe that they don’t know where a lot of the guns are; however I do recognize that they have no idea where most guns are. What if they decide that they will start checking residences of people who recently purchased firearms, but did not report them or turn them in? When they arrive at your door what will you do? We need only look to the door to door searches by armed police to see that in a crisis, the government does not feel the 4th Amendment is valid.
You can have all of the web gear you want, an arsenal of firearms at your disposal, but present one example of a swat team that has not been able to take a residence when ordered to do so. Face it, they aren’t going to send Barney Fife over to collect. If they believe you are armed and are going to cause a problem, it will be more like what happened to 46 year old Terry Porter when he told someone that he was a prepper and that he was irritated that Obama got elected. If they want to be in your house, they have the means, method and ability to do it. The gun confiscation after hurricane Katrina is another example of what can happen when martial law has been declared.
If all of America thumbed their noses at the law it would be a different story, but I believe most will comply with the law out of fear of being throw in jail. Just look at how there was nobody moving during the Boston lock down. Parents will need to make a decision as to whether they want to comply and allow their firearms to be confiscated or turn them in and be able to continue to protect and provide for their families as best they can. This can’t be done while in prison or after they are dead. Most will be thinking to themselves that they want to remain out of prison and will justify turning in their guns because it is extremely hard to get employment with a felony charge on your resume.
I pray that such legislation doesn’t come to pass, but I am also a realist. There will be new gun legislation passed and if not, the likelihood of executive orders mandating the same will come to pass. Maybe it will be whittled down to just closing some loop holes at gun shows, but maybe it will be escalated to full blown disarmament. I am not advocating you to do anything either way, that is your decision. I am just saying know what you will do prior to the defining moment based upon your situation.
Defining Moment #2: Friends and neighbors in need in a post SHTF scenario
Preppers are, by definition, prepared people. It is also well known that most people are not prepared. Most typically have a week or maybe two weeks of food stored away. They have little to no means of providing food when store shelves are bare or electricity if the grid does down and actually believe that the government could not let anything like this happen. But what if it does?
Imagine a scenario of an EMP going off such as in the book “One Second After”. The technology exists. What will you do when your neighbor shows up on your doorstep with his six year old little girl at his side pleading for help? It will be obvious within a month who is being well fed and whose rib cages are starting to show. As I wrote in a previous article, “Is a stranger more likely to watch their children starve or are they more likely to tell their wife “I’m going to get us some food and will return with it or die trying.”
The prepared need to ask a different question. When they arrive at my doorstep, what will you do? Will you give them some of your preps as charity? Every meal you give out gets you closer to the time when you will be telling your family, as you head out the door, “I’m going to get us some food and will return with it or die trying.” This is a huge decision to make because we need to have resolve in our minds what we are going to do when this day comes. In a SHTF situation there can be no indecisiveness.
I’m not talking about the neighbors charging your door with a battering ram like in the Twilight episode entitled “The Shelter” that can be viewed on Youtube. I’m talking about a peaceful knock on your door asking for help. Will you give him some of your supplies, moving you closer to the point where your family may become malnourished?
By handing over food or supplies, you are also telling him that you have enough to view what you gave him as extra. Your gift will only get them fed for a few days before they are out again. Guess where they may decide to come knocking? What if you see the neighbor’s little girl picking and eating carrots out of your garden? Do you kick her off of your property as though she is a thief instead of a starving child?
I dread the day that this scenario takes place, but preppers can be more prepared to face it after much consideration. I hope all that are preparing are also preparing for some form of charity as well.
What will you do when this defining moment takes place?
Defining Moment #3: The zombie’s are out
Let’s face it. The current financial path of our country is completely unsustainable and there likely is no way out without a reset occurring. We are on the cusp of reaching the debt limit of our country. Foreign countries are moving away from trading between themselves utilizing the greenback. Even historical allies such as Australia have struck deals with China to trade in their own currencies. The amount of our currency in circulation around the world is staggering because many are still using it as the world currency. These days are likely numbered.
Already there are agreements in place between countries to trade utilizing their own currencies. China has been hoarding gold for years with the intention of replacing the US dollar with a gold backed yuan in as the new world currency. It will be backed by something tangible instead of a promise. If you are a foreign country, which currency would you prefer to use?
If and when this scenario takes place, all bets are off. No longer will other countries be willing to send us commodities that are worth something to receive back paper created by a print button. There will be massive inflation with food and oil prices becoming unaffordable. Stores will be emptied resulting in massive civil unrest. Just imagine what would have taken place in the regions affected by hurricane Sandy if it wasn’t life as usual 100 miles inland? If there wasn’t relief and aid flooding in to the area?
Now imagine this on a nationwide scale.
This defining moment scenario is featured on the Twilight Zone’s “The Shelter” scenario. Good people will turn ruthless and do anything they need to do when it comes to protecting and feeding their families. What will you do when they show up at your door? Are you prepared to take a life to save yours? Are you prepared to defend your property and family to the end? This is a SHTF nightmare situation where people will lose their sense of civility; a world where the fit and prepared will survive and the weak and unprepared won’t. You may have your Mossberg on standby, but there is a huge difference between having it and pulling the trigger.
As Clint Eastwood said in the movie Unforgiven, “It’s a hell of a thing killin’ a man. You take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.”
What will you do when you experience your upcoming defining moment?
I pray every day that these things never come to pass and that my children will be able to grow up in the land of the free and the home of the brave as I have. But know this; you will have in your life a defining moment in the upcoming world we live in. By taking some time now to write down different scenarios and analyze your response to different situations you will at least have the luxury of defining the moment on your terms instead of the alternative where you allow the moment to define you.
I look forward to the discussion and different scenarios that you can envision that are possible defining moments.