Rise of the Prepper – Could the Recent Popularity Cause Problems for Preppers?

As Americans grow concerned about our future; Guns, Gold and Emergency Food are all selling at record levels. From T.V. Shows about preppers, to a number of states preparing so-called Doomsday Bills, it seems that the prepper lifestyle is going mainstream.

So what does that Mean for Preppers?

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In my opinion, if you haven’t stocked up on what you need – NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT!

With Guns, Gold and Emergency Food sales at a record high, there’s a growing concern that shortages are about to hit the marketplace. As people begin to stock up on preparedness related items, we will likely see nationwide shortages similar to what happened during the elections in 2008.

According to the FBI, Americans are buying a record number of guns. It started right around last Christmas, when over 1.5 million background checks were requested by gun dealers in December of 2011. That’s the highest number of background checks ever requested in a single month, and according to the latest numbers it looks like sales are expected to rise.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 10.8 million firearms were sold in 2011, an increase of over 50% from the previous ten years.

So What’s causing the spike in Demand?

While some say that T.V. shows like National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” or Discovery’s “Doomsday Bunkers” are causing the spike in sales, I think there are a number of factors that are more likely to blame.

Gun Control – Everyone from the NRA to the Tea Party is warning that should President Obama be re-elected, we will likely see a major assault on the Second Amendment. They argue that with his need to be re-elected gone, there will be nothing stopping him from going after your Second Amendment Rights.

In fact, many think that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spilled the beans when he said that the Obama administration:

 “Has consistently favored the reinstitution of the assault weapons ban. It is something that we think was useful in the past with regard to the reduction that we’ve seen in crime and certainly would have a positive impact on our relationship and the crime situation in Mexico.”

Economic Collapse – A number of financial analysts, many of whom predicted the 2008 crisis, are starting to warn Americans to prepare for another financial crash. With the U.S. Debt clock quickly approaching $15.5 trillion in debt, some say it’s only a matter of time before this country plunges into a Financial Armageddon.

Rise in Violent Crime – As the economy plunges deeper into the Abyss, violent crimes and home invasions are on the rise. Although some anti-gun politicians would rather see law-abiding citizens become victims, most Americans are starting to wake up to the fact that the Government will not be able to protect them. People are finally starting to realize that the only way to ensure their safety is to learn how to protect themselves.

Assault on the Constitution – From the government passing bills that allow for the detainment of U.S. Citizens without a trail, to FBI Director Robert Mueller telling congress that he wasn’t sure if the Obama Administration’s policy of extra-judicial killings of American citizens applied to people inside the United States, our government seems to be spiraling out of control. The current Political Climate is probably one of the biggest reasons for the spike in emergency preparedness sales.

While the reasons are many, one thing is for sure. Over the next year, it will become increasingly more difficult to stock up on any items that have to do with prepping. If you have any shortcomings in your Emergency Inventory now is the time to fix it.

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8 Comments

  1. Having food during the times of a natural disaster or emergency situation is crucial for comfort as well as survival. For long-term emergency food storage freeze dried or dehydrated food is ideal. They are lightweight and nutritious with a long shelf life, in some cases up to 30 years.

  2. For ammo I usually have no problems ordering on line from either Sportsmen’s Guide or Cabellas. Usually receive my oder within a few days.

  3. America, Wake up. We are headed for total martial law. If you don’t think so you will suffer. Look back over the last ten years and see how far they have come. I have traveled many times and been stopped by tsa, and bags searched. They ask why I have gold & silver? I have seen drill’s in Seattle where they shut down major streets. I have seen police training with military here in California. I also go to many gun shows and people are starting to arm them selves, and at times ammo can be hard to find. Just look at how society is slowly breaking down. Our world is changing, and we need to be awake. When they come for our guns, it’s going to get ugly really fast. Go and google, British people turning in there guns, and see what they have to say. Live Free or Die. Are we living free?

  4. I was on a prepper show a few years back on CBC I was made to look like a fool I was approached awhile back to do another one and I declined.Its suddenly very trendy and cool.On the other hand hoarding has become the new witch hunt and I think it will move from pets and junk to food and other supplies as the state sees fit.
    Im at the point where Im just taking any course I can and polishing up sewing and knitting skills.Also learning some basic home repair and carpentry that as a woman I never tried.
    My biggest challenge is scaling down on the foods I eat to the most simplest meals that do without alot of processed materials Questioning the basis of these so called Canada Food Guides .What do we really need to stay fit and healthy Bringing life down to a very simple level without the gadgets Yes Im on the internet now but how long will that last .Before that there was book,cards,games and conversation even letter writing

  5. Gotta get back to the garden.
    I can understand stocking up on guns,food and provisions you need for survival. But gold?
    never understood the value of gold that people would give their lives for it.
    If you know how to live off the land. you don’t need it.
    This world provides freely everything you need to live and survive on it.
    If we cling on to the monetary system then we are real idiots.It is what created this mess in the first place.
    When it fall it will be the end of a long oppression that has for long since done nothing but rob us of our true freedoms.
    If we cannot be co-exist,learn to share and be civil without money. then we deserve to go extinct.Freedom does not mean reckless abandonment.
    Kaos, lawlessness only threatens our freedoms and demands, our lives to be policed.
    Which is a comprimise on our Freedom. Which we see in the world today.

  6. What it looks like to me, as in 2008, the gun and ammo industry is using irrational fears as a marketing tool to drive up prices and increase their own profits. Unfortunately the sheeple, and preppers are amongst those sheeple, are buying into the fear mongering and helping to create these problems. These same sheeple then will turn around and moan and groan about the problems they helped to create. So much for self-reliance.

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