Have the read the national newspapers today? Did you watch Fox News, read Drudge, or get any of dozens of news flash emails? Are you planning to attend the next city council meeting where you live? How about the school board meeting? How do you know what is going on where you reside? Do you care? Did you take notice that the Massachusetts Attorney General just changed the state’s gun laws? How about Magpul’s departure from Colorado to Wyoming and Texas?
By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog
Winchester is expanding its ammunition manufacturing in Mississippi, when Illinois was once Olin’s stronghold. Do you wonder why all of a sudden these companies have changed residencies?
Are You Awake?
How are you feeling about national health care these days? Have you applied? Were you amazed at the personal information you had to reveal? Did your doctor ask you if you owned guns on your last visit? It’s on the form. Are you the least bit paranoid that the NSA is checking up on all your emails? Maybe mobile phone calls, too? If you belong to certain political factions in American like the Tea Party, do you fear the IRS is double checking your tax returns?
Does it bother you in the least that illegal immigrants are pouring across the southern borders under the guise of being refugees fleeing oppressive Central American governments? Are they poor kids, abandoned by their parents? Does it matter that 90 percent of them have been shown to be teenagers? Will they be carte blanche given citizenship with full entitlement benefits and voting rights in just a few years?
I just attended a local state university wildlife management course and was lectured by a state wildlife biologist that told us if we have a deer camera on our private property to take pictures of deer using corn as an attractant that we now have to have a state permit to do this. Oh, and on the permit we are to provide the GPS location of the camera on our private land. NOT!
Do you keep up at all with the numerous Executive Orders doled out on a regular basis? Did you notice the one recently stopping the importation of foreign manufactured AK-47s? Well, maybe Norinco will start making them here. Where am I going with all this that impacts our prepping and survival planning? Truth is I am not sure what the depths of the impacts are yet? If product importations are restricted then supply and demand kicks in making that product immediately more expensive in the short term and eventually non-existent in the long term. Is Tula or Wolf ammo next? I don’t personally use it for my own reasons, but you might. What if you can’t buy it any longer? All of these events can be classified as jurisdictional creep. You can just Google the term if you want to read more details and headlines.
Boil the Frog
You know the story. A frog is put into a beaker and the flame is turned up ever so slightly. The water warms slowly. The frog does not react to the water getting increasingly hot until it is too late. Soon enough the water is boiling and the frog is cooked. In terms of political fodder as the provisions of our American constitution are constantly diluted, we go on about our daily business of working, raising families, and paying out taxes not noticing we have suddenly lost some of our freedoms. It’s all incremental like the boiling water.
One day you wake up and you have to pay an entry fee into the national parks we are supposed to own as Americans. Didn’t our taxes paid on April 15th cover that? Non-resident hunting and fishing licenses escalate in price every year somewhere, even though we pay the Pittman-Robinson tax on firearms and ammunition purchases for that federal money to be turned back to state wildlife agencies. Are we not all Americans in one nation?
Are your taxes raised incrementally all the time? Federal tax brackets change, deductions are reduced or disappear, state taxes increase, sales taxes increase and municipalities can add their own little tag on percentages, local property taxes go up as the county tax collectors suddenly decide your home is arbitrarily more valuable today than it was last year.
To add further insult to injury, they have relabeled taxes to “enhancement fees” or surcharges, alternative payments, etc. If nothing else, politicians that enact these taxes are certainly creative when it comes to repackaging the taking of money from our pockets.
Diligence and Awareness
Like it or not jurisdictional creep slips up on all of us all the time from all fronts around us. It comes from the federal government down through the state houses, the county courts to our local city halls and community centers. It comes from hordes of agencies with oversight control of everything we do from registering vehicles, building permits to add a garage onto the house, postal regulations, gun registrations, health permits to bury a septic tank or a body in a casket, permits to cut a tree in the yard, neighborhood restrictions on the types of roofs we can have or where we can park our cars and on and on and on.
Also Read: A Community To Die For
A big part of our on-going responsibility as preppers is to stay on top of these things. You can plan, scrounge, buy gear, store food and water, buy guns and learn to shoot, locate a Bug Out option site, learn to light a fire in the rain, or put up a tent in the pitch black, or lock down your Bug In home, but if you pay no attention to what is going on around you outside of your little world, then how prepared for a SHTF are you really? As a prep friend of mine says, “When to pull the trigger?” is the most critical aspect of prepping for survival. We have to stay current on world events, national news, local stuff and other critical communications such as catastrophic weather on the horizon from hurricanes, tornadoes, to polar blasts. Don’t get stuck somewhere on a bridge when it hits.
As preppers we have to be a lot more sensitive to the water getting warmer. Ideally your plan is in place, and you can Bug Out at a moment’s notice. I don’t know how realistic that is for most of us. We may be at work, wife at a job on the opposite end of town, and two kids in two different schools. Work out the contingencies and know what to do. Monitor the jurisdictional creep and how it slowly but surely alters your lifestyle. Remain ever vigilant. – John