This is a common discussion among many preppers, and was famously debated in the Video by Maine Prepper in which he laid out his reasoning for why many preppers will die in WROL (without rule of law).
I respect Maine Prepper a lot, and have been watching his videos for a long time and consider him a very intelligent individual who is very locked in regards to what is happening and what is coming, however I have to disagree with his thesis.
I agree that some preppers will die, Its a fact of life that people die and in a collapse people will die, and some preppers will be caught in the middle of situations that will be beyond their control as well as beyond their limits to prepare for. However here is my theory and belief on this subject in a quick nutshell to be expanded upon…
People will die in the collapse, some preppers will be part of these fatalities. However the amount of prepper’s who will perish will be at a much lower rate than that of the general population.
I believe that being prepared gives you the ability to survive at a higher rate than not, thus the rates will be lower overall for the prepper community, but that is no guarantee, and there never will be. 99.9% of preppers realize this, just like if you.
In an analogy form heart attacks for example will take many lives, however if you eat right and are healthy you have a much lower risk of this, but not a guarantee, if you prepare and do all the right things you can still have one, but your are much less likely to.
Preppers come in every form, type, etc. From all races, background and political beliefs, thus for every type of person there is going to be a different type of prepper, thus there are preppers who will increase their chance of not making it by their actions.
Those who are the lone wolf types will soon find they need help but cannot find it because they pissed everyone off and shunned them when they needed help and are not going to go out on a limb to help them. There are those who are firebrands thinking themselves a recasting of Red Dawn and will soon find that their movie will play out differently!
What I’m getting at is that if you are smart, if you prepare if you keep it low key, if you do not draw attention to yourself you will not be a target from overzealous government agents in certain scenarios and will comfortably ride out those troubles. If you do the same and all hell breaks loose your keeping low key and staying under the radar will not make you a juicy target “known” to have things, sure everyone would be a possible target for gangs in thieves in a total breakdown scenario, but you will be a nameless face among many others and IF they came to your home they would soon leave for a easier target because among your preparations you were prepared to defend.
If you have listened and read my posts and my general philosophy (which is not unique, I follow in the footsteps of many others) you will have the right mindset to be in a better position to ride things out than those I just spoke of.
Point is don’t sweat the stuff you cant handle, I talked about this in a few podcast’s, but what you learn in hostile environments is that you mitigate the hazards and the dangers that you can and what you cant you deal with it, by that I mean you need to be aware of it, always, but don’t let it run you ragged.
Looking at this you have two options you can either prepare or not, and when the scenario that Maine Prepper is talking about comes about, where will you better off, being prepared or being like everyone else, unprepared and up the proverbial creek?
For more expanded discussions of privacy and keeping a low profile read these other posts