I usually watch Doomsday Preppers, or at least tape it for later. Tuesday I settled down to watch the show , and they surprised me. Instead of the ordinary narration about how so and so was preparing and why, it was about some character who had formed his own band of would be marauders in Washington State. His plan was to take what he needed from other people. I watched maybe ten minutes of it and turned it off because I was so repulsed by the whole idea. But really, I should have watched it. The whole reason for sitting through an hour of that show is to pick up new ideas. Certainly this one should have been worthwhile in that respect.
Not that the individual on the show was very impressive. He pranced around saying "I'm going to take your stuff and there's no way you can stop me." Now, I guess maybe that could be true in Washington State, though even that seems a stretch. Back here in the South, I doubt this individual and his little band would last a week. For one thing, he seemed to assume that his victims would all be unarmed and asleep in bed when he materialized. He also seems to have discounted the fact that most people have dogs, so it wouldn't be easy to break into the house and kill everybody off in their beds. Just because this guy and his band were clowns, doesn't mean everybody who thinks that way is too.
If you remember the L.A. riots, you will recall that some of the people (and I use the term loosely) who were interviewed after attacking cars, pulling people out and beating them up said they were having a great time. The video of the kid throwing a brick into the skull of the truck driver who had been beaten up, and then pointing at him and dancing around the guy laying on the ground, is a good indication that there are people who delight in barbaric behavior.
Guns and Ammo magazine was located in a big building down town. After the riots, Guns and Ammo ran an article about the whole event as it effected them. Several other magazines, of the haute couture variety, were located in the same building. The people who worked for those regarded the Guns and Ammo staff as knuckle draggers and did their best to ignore them. They wouldn't even exchange greetings in the elevator. One of the things I remember from the article was that as the fire and smoke drew closer to the building, all these "beautiful people" from the glossy magazines started showing up in the Guns and Ammo offices, asking if they could stay there until things quieted down. Now why would that be, I wonder?
The point is, there really are some savages out there. Sometimes the threat of the law and being apprehended holds them in check. If that threat is ever removed, then these people run absolutely wild. I come across blogs occasionally where the authors are waiting for the collapse with baited breath, because that will be their opportunity to pay everyone back for everything about society the writer doesn't like. Sort of a Katrina event on a larger scale.
I remember one Doomsday Preppers show where some latter day Hippies in New England were building themselves a self sustaining group. When asked what they would do if they were confronted with violent looters, the lady who ran the thing said they would invite them to a meal and teach them to cooperate.
Good Luck with that.