In the last six months we have seen the country change in ways many of us would have never imagined. In March, we were headed home from Florida after a week-long event that was by far one of the best we have attended, and both set new personal records – and won some cool prizes.
While I was there, a family member called, concerned about the rush on toilet paper – of all things. I did not know what advice to give but that if it worried them that much, get the appropriate supplies. At this point if you weren’t prepared, it was already too late.
We missed the initial rush of crazy on both ends because we were out of state, then travelling back into our state – it was like the nation was in a super tornado, but we were in the eye, and it was all around us.
Returning home, much changed. Lockdowns, shortages, and tyrannical orders in abundance. We stayed at home, limited travel, but again, we were not seriously affected. Jobs and chores didn’t subside – but our hobbies and entertainment, time together but away from home, was stunted. These were obvious, and overt changes. But, we were lucky then.
We saw, and heard of, many other changes in everyday life. People were scared, but also angry, depressed, and distraught. There’s not enough money to buy all the supplies and classes that someone needs to take to start from scratch, more drinking going on, eating poorly, fighting with spouses, children, and avoidance. Regrets. Did we really need to play video games so much?
Have you noticed this, though? We are avoiding each other more than ever before. Some are not afraid to shake hands, clap each other on the back, or even hug. But others are afraid. Afraid of each other, afraid of snitches, afraid of what tyrannical state actors will do; they set up arbitrary rules for themselves, or those whom they are managing – rules that are often are meaningless when dozens of people are gathered.
Sure, the rules look good for standing in line, but when it’s time to take a break, or have a meal? Most are still gathered like nothing is wrong. Yet, in many ways we have changed our behavior in small ways. Plastic cups, to-go boxes inside restaurants, disposable eating utensils, worrying about your cough… or someone else’s sneeze nearby.
When we start to talk about, and pay attention to, the violence that is happening in the country, you can notice fundamental differences between what is happening here and what happened in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, the people there were protesting the oncoming tyranny that was starting to press down on them. They were peaceful, did not destroy shops, businesses, burn down stores or homes, and came up with interesting and smart tactics to combat the tyrannical police state. They cared for each other, cleaned up their streets, and protected one another.
In the United States over the last four-plus months, no one cares. No one cares about each other, or really, themselves. Some rioters and violent actors seem to have get-out-of-jail-free cards. There is an obvious dichotomy that not many have seen, and fewer have mentioned.
If a violent rioter attacks a police building, an innocent person travelling by, burns up a shop, a police car, any common person’s car, or violently attacks someone trying to protect their property, nothing happens. There have been some cases of FBI and local police picking up one or two here for extreme levels of threats and violence, but not many. They are protected, although usually arrested, then released without bail. Just check out Andy Ngo’s twitter page and you can see dozens of instances of this. ( https://twitter.com/mrandyngo?lang=en )
If a common, average, every day person engages in self-defense, they are charged, arrested, have their defensive weapons taken away, and sometimes released, with charges pending. If a shop owner dares to be open (the government’s ordnances be damned), they are fined, forced to close, lose one or more various licenses, or are called a public health threat. Normal people, assuming their own levels of risk, trying to go about their lives, treated worse than those burning down the cities.
This creates a level of confusion in the average, public school-educated citizen. Rules for me, but not for thee? There’s so much going on, many of us are missing the small changes, that mean big problems.
Think about what you have seen the last few months and what has changed. Think also, and more importantly about what you no longer see.
I’ve given this some thought, but I ask you out there to help out with this, too.
- The mob has increased their tempo. Portland has seen over 100 night of violent riots. We’ve gone from initial angry riots now to SIEGE WARFARE. Eventually, the cops are going to get tired. The citizens are going to get tired. The cops will enforce the law on the citizens that stand up to fight the mob, but not the rioters. Seen.
- You’ve seen Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Los Angelos, Baltimore, New York… but what about the small towns in middle-country? Small towns in NC, Kansas, Indiana, Utah, Nebraska, South Dakota? Violent actors show up, sometimes violent actors are driven away. One account in Central Indiana is that they showed up in 2-3 buses, spoke for 20-30 minutes, and then left. Why? The whole town and surrounding area stood up to protect their town. The mindset is a bit different out there. Unseen.
- No one is talking about shortages, except maybe in ammo/guns. There’s a lot more to this. Anything gun related is heavily backordered, unavailable, or prices have skyrocketed. There are no primers, powder, or bullets, or very little, available in the open market. What you can find is 3-10x the price of what it was, normally. Ammo is as much as $59/box 50 9mm, primers are going for $620+, normally $130-200. Powder: who makes powder, domestically in the United States? Seen/Unseen.
- Did anyone else notice how hard it is to find a good quality flashlight in a local hardware store? Unseen?
- Less Police presence on the roads, not as many traffic stops, hiding, looking for speeders, and siren noise in areas outside of cities – I’ve noticed this near us. Have you? Unseen?
- More people on the gun ranges, but less people taking part in gun events. The CMP and NRA nationals were cancelled this year, as well as many other National events that involve firearms. USPSA, IPSC, BenchRest, etc. Anything that was early-middle year (summer), was cancelled. A lot more people holding their ammo, rather than using it. Unseen.
- The housing market is BONKERS. Lots that have been sitting empty for 10+ years are having houses go up in just a few weeks. Unseen.
- Uhaul trucks are as much as 10x the rate going from major “problem areas” (CA, Chicago, NY, Detroit, etc), than going into them. Seen.
- Aluminum is up as much as 300%. Gun parts are affected by this, and some are unobtanium.
- No movies. I really just want some movie theatre popcorn. Seen… or unseen?
- Boats, ATVs, Campers, camping equipment, bicycles… scarce to rare. Unseen.
- This is probably the biggest notable change that I have come across. The mob no longer flees when gunshots are heard, when they are shot at, or even when those around them are hit. They may disengage briefly, but generally, the crowd has lingered closely, and does not completely depart. This major change needs to be understood at personal level deeper than what can be expressed in writing. If you are engaged by the mob, and must defend yourself, you will not be able to win alone. The Rittenhouse case will not be the only example of this that we will see. He got lucky he was only attacked by four people, and not a dozen. DO NOT EXPECT THE MOB TO BACK OFF. Unseen.
It’s time for all of us to think about #12 in particular, and deeply consider the situations we may find ourselves in. Yes, many of us live in suburban, or even rural areas, with enclaves of people that can still be considered high-trust societies. If they completely take over the cities, or burn them to the ground, where are they going next? You may be safe now, but you won’t be later.
Are you going to engage 2-10 angry people, at arms-length, and expect to get out safely? Like was said recently – a weapon is not a magic talisman against the mob, or communists. It should be a last resort, when you’re backed into a corner, or need to create an exit. Should you have been there in the first place? Agreed, you may not have had a choice in the matter.
When it’s time to Go Kinetic™, well, that’s a different situation.
You might get one or two, but can you get more and get out alive, and have as good of a defense as Rittenhouse? We have no idea what kinds of situations we will be in over the course of the next few days, weeks, or years. I know there’s more. Please contribute.
Like Bracken says, Bosnia x Rawanda, on steroids. Local, local, local.