Author of Be Ready for Anything and Build a Better Pantry on a Budget online course
The importance of logic and accurate information in stressful times cannot be overstated.
With the gun control mess occurring in Virginia right now, there have been a lot of rumors, a lot of interpretations, and a lot of allegations from anonymous sources.
I haven’t written this to call anyone out. I’m certain that the people covering this story have honorable intentions. I’ve written this because I want to remind everyone that reason is our greatest weapon in the battle against tyranny.
What we know vs. what some guy said
I cannot confirm whether any of these current rumors circulating right now are true or not. Neither can I predict if they’ll come to pass. I try to provide balanced information based on provable sources.
Sometimes readers get angry about this and accuse me of passing on “misinformation.” It’s unfortunate they feel that it is misinformation, but I only publish what I have a source to corroborate. I might speculate but then I make sure that I’ve pointed out my thoughts are mere speculation and that there’s no evidence of this.
At times like this, more than ever, we have to work in the realm of what we know versus what the gossip is. What we know is the wording of the bills on the table, the statements from elected officials, and the statements from the National Guard.
This doesn’t mean to completely rule out the rumors. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that communications could be taken down in a “rebel” area. It’s important to plan for all the possibilities. But I don’t think me running a story full of suppositions and anonymous sources is actually helpful at all. I don’t want to fan the flames of an already volatile situation with things that I cannot prove.
It’s irresponsible. I won’t do it.
My goal is to help you get prepared for the things which are most likely. To do that, I have to focus on what we know.
Logic, not hysteria, will win the day.
Like the rest of you, I’m good and mad about this. However, I’m trying to go about this from a place of reason. I’m trying to go about my reporting using old-school journalism – remember back in the days when we were supposed to be unbiased?
Cooler heads are needed in situations such as these. Practical information and advice are necessary.
If you get hysterical and get all worked up about the boundless possibilities of a tyrannical state, you’re not thinking logically and that will get you nowhere good. Humans can only function at a high level of adrenaline for a certain amount of time. You’re going to crash if you keep yourself completely worked up all the time.
I’m not suggesting you underestimate the possibilities. Let me be perfectly clear when I tell you that I would not rule anything out. This is a move that has been strategically planned, as I wrote before. We must be strategic in our responses. Get organized with your family, friends, and neighbors and make sure that lacking another, yours is the voice of reason.
Work with what you know, first.
Work with the things you know, first. Then move on to other scenarios.
I urge you to sit down and make reasonable plans. Obviously you want to cover possibilities like loss of comms or loss of power, but you don’t need to go out and spend thousands of dollars on generators for this.
If you’re buying anything, focus on alternative communications that cannot be taken down as easily as cellphone towers and phone lines. Alternate communications devices much better options than going out and blowing the bank account on a generator that would only be valuable for a week or two, depending on how much fuel you can store. We bloggers all need to make a living and cover our costs, of course, and there’s nothing wrong with an affiliate link here and there. But be wary of any breathless story that urges you to spend thousands of dollars based on hearsay.
Think about the things that are most likely, and plan for those first. If you’ve been prepping for a while you’ll probably find you are ready for a lot of it but that you may need to fill some holes.
If you lost power, isn’t this one of the major reasons you prep? Sure, it would be inconvenient and even unpleasant, but ask anyone from California if it’s absolutely the end of the world. Check your preps and make sure you have what you need on hand. (If you feel unprepared for a lengthy power outage, this PDF guide can help and I marked it down to $5.)
Communication is likely to be one of those holes. Satellite phones are painfully expensive, but CB radios, ham radio, and even walkie talkies for nearby neighbors are all affordable investments that could be used in a variety of circumstances, not just this one.
Remember, we are resilient enough that a few days of inconveniences will not take us down.
You have the power here.
Should a worst-case-scenario occur, it’s only as powerful as you allow it to be.
Let’s imagine, for example, the rumor about the Governor wiping out power and comms is true. If you move flawlessly over to your backup plan, the state government has made themselves seem like tyrants in front of the country and the world and you are minimally affected.
Qualify your responses first based on what you know, then based on the possibilities. But understand that the possibilities are as of yet unknown. You can predict what will happen in a pandemic far more easily than you can predict what will happen in a fight against tyranny.
Regardless of the situation, reacting calmly and methodically is always going to be better than losing your ever-lovin’ mind and rushing around in a panic. Panic kills, whether the situation is slow-moving like this one or fast-moving, like an immediate life-and-death scenario.
This is a prime example of prepping versus survival. You have time – this law will not go through (if it does pass) until January. Meanwhile, don’t spend the next month in a blind frenzy based on what you see on websites or forums. Take it all into consideration but for cryin’ out loud, keep your s**t together.
Did you ever think these scare tactics might be leaked deliberately?
Has it crossed your mind that rooting these seeds of fear might be deliberate? Of course, an enemy would want to see you discombobulated – this is classic Art of War stuff. If you feel under attack already, you’re going to have worn yourself out by the time things have actually come to fruition.
By no means am I suggesting that you do not take the treasonous threats against the Second Amendment seriously. I’m not suggesting you overlook the potential ramifications of the anti-paramilitary bill and its vague wording. It would be bad for militias but in its current incarnation, I don’t think it’s as far-reaching as banning instruction on the use of guns or self-defense. This isn’t to say that it couldn’t be one day used for that, but at this point, I think the purpose of that bill is to strike down opposition to the gun bill.
Think about it: If you were in a position of power and you wanted to have your “enemy” scrambling, wouldn’t a deliberate “leak” of an extreme scenario be a good tool for this purpose?
Again, this isn’t to say it couldn’t happen or won’t happen. I’m saying, think it through entirely. What is practical and likely? What is so extreme it would cause censure from the rest of the nation?
The government absolutely did a lot of bad stuff in Waco and Ruby Ridge, but that was small-scale, comparatively. We’re talking about nearly an entire state here. That would be an encroachment on such a massive scale that there’d be an outcry. The President could – and probably would – take over the National Guard in a situation like this.
I don’t know if you’ve ever dealt with a narcissist, but they glory in getting a response from people. They feed off it. If they aren’t getting the response they need, they will strive to unsettle and scare their victims until they do.
Don’t let people get in your head. Reason is the enemy of tyranny. A panicking person cannot strategize effectively. The decision-making part of your brain literally shuts down when you panic.
Be calm and methodical.
This stuff is huge and it could be the start of a dark era for our country. This has the potential to change everything our Republic has stood for since it existed.
But fear and hysteria have no place in your preparations. Please consider your sources and don’t base your actions on “maybes” and “this guy said” scenarios. Preparing for the possibilities in a calm and methodical way will help you through whatever may come far more than preparing in a state of panic.
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
When you consider the proximity of Richmond VA to DC, and that Alexandria is just across the river from DC, the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery is also in Alexandria I am sure that the President, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been keeping a very close eye on the situation. The very fact that this situation in VA could boil over into DC and Maryland is also utmost in their minds. I have no doubt that there have many meetings within the Military Command Structure, what with Fort Meyer, Fort Lee, as well as other Military Bases in VA they are watching the Situation very carefully, and more then likely plans have already been prepared to Federalize the VA National Guard (Both the Army NG and the Air Force NG). Should the Governor actually cut power and shut down the Cell Phone Towers it could very well affect some of the Military Bases and other Government Facilities located in VA and not in the immediate area of Richmond.
So folks as Daisy says, stay calm and look to your resources make sure you have what you need. If you do not have a CB Radio (Mobile Unit preferably) get one and install it in you vehicle, this will enable you to stay in contact, most County Facilities have their own power systems, as do many commercial Radio and TV Stations. Above all take a chill bill and grab a cup of coffee and relax, and flip the Governor and his fellow Democrats the Bird.
Well said, Miss Daisy!
One of the biggest concerns seems to be that the government would wipe out ” comms”.
Now the only 3 “comms” that a local government can easily wipe out are; cell phones, land lines and the internet.
If you are relying on these then the truth is you are not prepared. In almost any SHTF scenario, these will be some of the first “comms” to go down.
So you better have prepped some backups and an alternative source of electricity.
Now Ham radio, CB, Aviation radio and marine radio are a whole lot of frequencies and a whole lot harder to collectively jam.
Only the Military could possibly attempt that. I doubt that more than 1 or 2 National Guard units in the whole Nation, would have that capability.
Even so, such things are very localized, take a lot of power and equipment and are directional.
So they would have to “stage”, all this equipment in the area, long before they could use it.
It would generally disrupt their communication, when their teams were in the affected area. Making them “blind” and cut off from help.
Since both the Police and the Military, rely heavily upon being able to communicate with their teams and team members with each other, this would hurt them more than anything else.
I know this post is a bit, “off topic”, but the bottom line is, that Knowledge and Reason are your friends in any event.
Know your enemy, whether it is man, nature or a wild beast, then work that knowledge and use it to your advantage.
If you haven’t gotten into ham radio comms, now is a good time to do it.
To buy and use a ham radio transmitter/transcever you will need an FCC license. You will have to take a multiple choice test to get a license. These tests are administered locally by hams, not the gov. You should probably join a ham radio club and get to know the local hams. They can explain the ins and outs of ham radio. http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club, http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class,
You will need to study for the exam. I recommend this book, but there are others. https://www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual/
You can buy ham radios online and at ham radio conventions called hamfests. http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar When you get this license you will be given a call sign. To buy a ham radio you have to give the seller your name, address, etc and your call sign. So far as I know the dealers don’t pass along this info to the gov.
However, when you get a ham radio license, the gov does publish your name, address and call sign in a public database available on the web. So your ham radio license info, including your name and address becomes public knowledge.
More info here https://www.theorganicprepper.com/category/preppers/the-information-specialist-series/
There are a few more articles on ham radio on Daisy’s site.
Oops, I meant to link to this article https://www.theorganicprepper.com/emergency-communications/
I dunno how the RUMINT (Rumor Intelligence, it was a joke in the Marines, till we could track how something that was a load of crap, could spread and seemingly reasonable people would not only believe it and pass it on, but some modified their behavior) of the VA government could/would shut off the utilities to the “rural” areas got started.
Some internet armchair general?
Maybe some low level bureaucrat made a bad joke and some yahoo overheard it and sent out a text saying it was real.
I dont rule out someone actually thought it was a good idea. Was listening to a episode of WBUR’s On Point about hurricanes, and some caller-in suggested detonating a nuclear device to disrupt the hurricane. Yes, people think of these things.
Regardless, use some reason and dare I say it, common sense.
good post–good advice Anytime hysteria is running rampant take a hard look at who will benefit from it.
Great post, Daisy. This really has the potential to start a sh*tstorm, but if everyone takes a step back, takes a deep breath, and focuses on what we DO know, we have time to plan and formulate our response. As you stated so well.
I appreciate the well thought responses. We are not in VA, but this does show that one of our weaknesses is comms. I guess I should get my HAM this year, as my prepping goal for the year. It’s been ‘on the list’, but the math/science part of the exam prep always put me off…I do know several HAM operators who have offered to help me out.
Perfect reply to everything. Nicely done.