As we all now know, the 2A rally in Richmond, Virginia on January 20, 2020 to protest the tyrannical gun laws proposed and/or passed by Governor Ralph Northam and his Democrat cronies, proved uneventful. This not only shows that gun owners are some of the most peaceful and law-abiding people in the country, but also that the hysteria drummed up in the weeks preceding the event was just that, hysteria. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “Civil War 2”, “It’s a trap”, “buffalo jump”, “false flag”, “Boogaloo”, or dozens of other terms designed to incite trepidation in members of the preparedness community, I could be writing this from the comfort of my own survival island.
In what will surely be spun as a public relations win for the tyrannical Left, there was not an ANTIFA goon or counter-protestor in sight to justify the cries of Richmond being a modern-day Lexington and Concord.
Much like other events that promised to be flashpoints of civil unrest, relentless tales of horrific outcomes at Richmond failed to play out, leaving gun owners and the preparedness minded to defend ourselves from misguided beliefs that we suffer paranoid delusions concerning the collapse of civilized society and rule of law.
Standing in stark contrast to the peaceful gathering I witnessed, almost every preparedness-themed web site I visited during the lead-up to this event used hypothetical extremes in order to stoke the embers of what is clearly a flailing “doom porn” industry– with SurvivalBlog being one of very few exceptions. Everyone from a former Navy SEAL to your garden-variety prepper used this event to promote their books, YouTube channel, or web sites in order to garner clicks and profit off the fear of others.
One thing that became clear to me in the hours following the rally is that despite what may have been their original intent, many survival-based authors and vloggers have morphed into preachers of a form of schadenfreude. Doubling down on years of failed predictions, I’ve read their responses belittling those who dared question their theories about Richmond or declined a seat on the doom train. Where once there was a modest desire to help the masses prepare in a reasonable and measured fashion, now it seems as if their only redeeming moment would be to yell those immortal words, “I TOLD YOU SO!” while standing atop a mountain of spent shell casings and MREs as the rest of the world burns around them.
Which leads me to the point of this letter: At what point do we, the rational and critical thinking members of the preparedness community, stop allowing those motivated by personal gain and notoriety to be the spokespeople for our movement? When do we stop clicking on the “Prepare for WW3!”, “Economic Collapse This Year!”, “Civil War 2 Any Day Now!” videos and articles that financially contribute to this over-the-top fearmongering?
It is my opinion that this type of notoriety only distracts from the true purpose of the preparedness mindset. It also deters new members who could potentially add to our strength as a group, but detest the thought of living in what they have been convinced is a near-constant state of fear and cynicism.
For now, the reality in Virginia is that Democrats will continue their push to disarm law-abiding citizens and any legislation they pass will be countered with lawsuits that could take years to settle in court. By all means, we should continue to prepare for the worst. Those unforeseen moments when we must defend our rights and our way of life from the forces of evil and tyrants, not to mention local or global catastrophes, always lurk in the shadows. Surely, there are enough real threats in our world that we don’t have to base our reasons for preparing on outlandish prophecies of doom and promote those that profit from them. – D.D. in Virginia