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Pat Henry
The Prepper Journal
April 4th, 2013
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Vigilantes

Yesterday I read about hundreds of armed vigilantes in a small Mexico town . This was preceded earlier by reports of townspeople capturing and murdering several men, displaying their bodies propped up in lawn chairs for the world to see. Their captors had written signs on some of the dead men as a warning to those who came to loot and kill. On the surface, with so much violence associated with the drug wars in Mexico, this seemed like a positive development purely from the aspect of people taking justice back into their own hands. Their corrupt officials not caring to protect them anymore were ignored and the town was saying “we aren’t going to take it anymore”.

Now, however things appear to be evolving and so are my thoughts on this subject. The “Vigilantes” are setting up road blocks, arresting police officers, conducting searches of homes for weapons and increasing their presence everywhere. I fear that the vigilantes could wind up being just as dangerous to the citizens of that town as the gangs and corrupt police. I also wonder if that type of scenario isn’t what we have in store for us here.

An article in the Global Post states the simple motivation for the vigilantes:

“The federal and state governments haven’t been able to do anything,” said Evert Castro, an Ayutla municipal councilman. “And we don’t have the capacity to fight these criminals. So the people got tired and decided to act on their own. We see this as a good thing.”

We are supposed to be a society of laws. For this to work people have to obey the laws and those who don’t are supposed to be dealt with fairly and in a just manner. When this happens, you have an equilibrium that is maintained and for the most part people live together in a civilized manner.

When you take the laws, justice and fairness away as we have seen for years in Mexico and one could argue that this is happening here to a different level as well, society becomes unbalanced. Injustice rules and people can be taken advantage of.

What if the rule of law no longer applied to your community? This is something we discuss in prepper circles daily, but usually in theory. Hypothetical scenarios that we use to either bolster our argument or use as rationale to make decisions. WROL (Without Rule of Law) is nothing that any of us should want to live through. I know that some may say (as I initially did) “Great! These people will clean up their own streets.” Really?

What is the difference between police searching through your house without cause or warrant and a gang of vigilantes? What makes getting stopped on the side of the road by a gang of armed vigilantes and having your car searched any better than going through some random checkpoint setup by the government? Are they really better off now in Mexico?

Source Daily Mail:

In January, hundreds of armed vigilantes made a series of arrests and imposed curfews in Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoap. They also manned checkpoints and claimed they had arrested at least 30 suspected criminals. One of the masked vigilantes said: ‘They kill, extort, rape. You do know if they are drugs dealers, thugs, who want to grab everything. ‘We want to return peace and tranquility to the entire population. Only the people can restore order.

If society devolves to the point where “only the people can restore order” do you trust that all of the other “people” will be fairer, less prone to corruption than anyone else? I am not for one second stating that only government or the police can protect you. What I am saying is that the people who are entrusted by our society to ensure justice must be just themselves. If the gang of people who are trying to protect your town are no better than the ones they ran off, killed or arrested, where does that put you? What can you do now to put yourself on a level footing in your neighborhood or community?

Know your neighbors

This is a simple one. Knowing your neighbors and how they will react, what their thoughts and philosophies are will help you deal with them if a situation arises where some form of resistance or vigilantism is planned. You want the people around you to know you, be able to vouch for your character and hopefully protect you from any lawlessness that is caused. If you are part of the team responsible for “restoring order” you will have a supreme advantage if you know the people you are working with and supposedly protecting. It should also go without saying that you have a supreme responsibility also to your fellow man.

Practice OPSEC

As much as possible, you want to be prudent in what you say, how you say it and to whom you say it to. OPSEC is keeping essential information about you or your family as quiet as possible. You don’t want to brag about supplies, preps you have or someone could easily say: “Hey, Joe has a whole bunch of ammo. We could take it from him.” This is just one example, but could carry over into a lot of other aspects of survival.

Ensure you have the right stuff

When and if chaos ensues, the last thing you want is to be without the essentials. You need a decent store of food. You need water and I would recommend a means of defending yourself. I am not trying to be an alarmist, but I do believe the writing is on the wall for our society and I am preparing. You should evaluate your life, your situation and make sure you have plans to take care of your family if it all goes sideways. Make sure you have this taken care of now and you are not trying to make it to the sporting goods store after the riots have started.

Prepare to Get Out of Dodge if necessary

It may be wise for you to leave. If we are back to a wild west, Mad Max type of world, you may want to get out of town. Prepare yourself now by clearly thinking and analyzing your decision to bug out or bug in. Knowing what you want to do, preparing for that eventuality is a start, but situations are dynamic. Think through your options well in advance of needing to employ them. If you have to get out of dodge, make sure you have a plan, a great vehicle and options. If you intend to hunker down, make sure you know your neighborhood or town. Intelligence like this could help you make decisions on the fly.

Never let your principles be compromised

I was going to say “Above all else” before never let your morals be compromised. It is easy to say what you would “never” do when you are sitting in front of a computer. I can easily say I would never do anything bad to another unless my life or my family’s lives depended on it, but that isn’t completely honest. We are all human and are subject to weakness for a million reasons. What I try to do is live like I should and act as God leads me. I know I will make mistakes, but I try to think about situations I may be faced with. Imagining how you will act is no substitute for the real moment, but it does give your brain some practice thinking through the ramifications of your actions. Even developing a personal threat escalation plan, while just an exercise, can be beneficial. State out loud what you will or will not abide as your conscience leads you. Try to maintain that moral compass as straight as possible. You may fall, but having a direction in the first place will point you back to the right path much quicker.

I fear for our civilization but I will not sit idly by and watch it crumble and consume us. I will make plans, prepare my family as best as I can and try to be a force for good. Besides praying, I don’t think any of us can do much more than that.

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  • Apex predator

    be ready,be vigilant and most of all..be ready to pull the trigger…hesitation costs lives

  • cptden1

    I hope you are wrong but I think you are right, great example of how things can be similar, thats exactly what I expect should things go wrong, watch out for zealots

  • Bligtash

    Watch out for snitches. They will be everywhere once a collapse happens and people you thought you could trust will turn against you for a few crackers and government cheese.

  • http://T Evie

    My community has sustainability fairs and such. They appear to be ways to support corporations and businesses.
    $5.00 for a muffin is not substainable, when I do not get answers such as where is the money going. I can certainly bake or buy a muffin for much less. Bananna walnut can be made for about $1.00 for 12.

  • http://T Evie

    Maybe that is why more mexicans are coming to the USA. So they can do whatever and be welcomed.
    The people there had no choice, many were being killed while the people who were suppose to stop this did nothing.

  • cindy

    There is man named Selco,who survived the Balkan War back in the 1990s.He has a website http://www.shtfschool.com where he shares his experiences and observations

  • Anonymous

    I fear that the vigilantes could wind up being just as dangerous to the citizens of that town as the gangs and corrupt police.

    This is exactly what the liberty movement idiots are aiming to pull off. The only liberty they are interested in is the liberty to run amok.

    • Heimdall

      I don’t know specifically to whom you refer as there are a lot of very different people and groups who believe in the constitution and liberty and reject the organized crime that is collectivist authoritarianism or totalitarianism. As things stand now, the communist idiots and the communist enablers, including GOP neocon authoritarians, have claimed the right to extrajudicial killings or imprisonment of American citizens, unlimited extrajudicial or semi-judicial rubber-stamped spying on American citizens, torture of those who criminal liars CALL terrorists, spying on all electronic communication, illegal foreign wars in which congress does not declare war (which is in contravention of Constitutional requirments), extrajudicial drone killings and spying, and on and on.

      In other words, those who have seized control of our country are exactly like these vigilantes or worse. Worse really because their network committed the crimes of terrorism that allowed them to seize power in the first place. I think that you ought to engage in some self-reflection before you call others idiots. I am afraid that you are a low information commenter.

      • Heimdall

        P.S. In other words, the authorities in the United States of America ARE running amok and have been running amok in earnest since 2001 and were running amok on a lesser scale earlier. Those who support them are also corrupt organized criminals.

        • Heimdall

          P.P.S. Torture does not elicit truthful responses. That is why the organized criminals use it. They wish to elicit “confessions” that corroborate their LIES and cover up their crimes against humanity. Only an idiot would believe the “confessions.”

  • Heimdall

    Well, I don’t know how we are going to have the right stuff if ignoramuses with enormous amounts of hubris, Colorado rep. and gun grabber Diana DeGette, for example, legislating away our 2nd ammendment rights.

    This shows just how immensely STUPID AND IGNORANT the arrogant Democrat gun-grabbers really are. These are the ignorami that call us stupid! What an outrage. DeGette is an absolute idiot, and an arrogant one at that! Please read the quote in the following article:
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/04/gun_control_bill_sponsor_displays_laughable_ignorance_about_guns.html

  • Heimdall

    P.S. DeGette’s comment about Denver cops coming to your rescue in time was ridiculous. Denver cops don’t show up for an hour. I was accosted by a thug in a large pickup truck who was menacing me with his truck in a park parking lot in Denver. When I moved, he would follow me and line his truck up again in a menacing manner, acting as if he were going to ram me. It was completely unprovoked unless being a white guy in a Denver park is provacative. I believe that it was a race-based attack. I would have been better off if I had had my 12 guage and .40 handgun for defense. I called the police and gave them his license number and they did not show up after an hour! The subhuman piece of garbage accosting me high-tailed it when I called the cops, though. The cops said that they would send a squad-car over to get my complaint and never did. Denver cops are at best Keystone Cops.At worst, they are corrupt thugs who give beatings to innocent citizens (do a word search for Denver police brutality and see some terrible atrocities).

    DeGette needs emergency surgery to remove her head from her anal sphincter.

  • Heimdall

    To clarify, I got tired of waiting for the cops and left after an hour and I was told that they did not get the guy, they needed my report first and they apparently had no interest in taking it.

    I had been using the library wi-fi in the parking lot in order to read articles at sites like this one. It is allowed to sit in the parking lot and use the library wi-fi. That is why the library leaves it on after hours.

  • Heimdall

    It seemed to be some Mexican guys who apparently run whites out of the park (even though that is a white neighborhood).

    I am pretty good at wrestling, judo, karate, and jujitsu, in that order, but you will often be arrested even when you are just defending yourself. I also had a severe right shoulder injury (torn rotator cuff) at the time.

  • Anonymous

    My take on the Absolute top list of priorities when SHTF:

    I feel SHTF is an opportunity to take our communities back and purge the assholes from society. The key is to Join Together.

    1. Hunker down in your house. Maintain OPSEC, avoid pockets of violence when you venture out, eliminate crazed people who infringe upon your home’s boundaries (silently, preferably).
    2. Your only two missions in the beginning should be A) making little missions to maintain your survival situation, gathering food etc. and B) searching your immediate area to find the other ‘good’ people, and soliciting to meet as a group with other such people.
    3. Once you ‘good people’ meet up, identify a place to move into for medium-term security.
    4. Move there. Set up a temporary defensive community. Continue bolstering supplies/information/ranks of AAA-quality good people for your little ‘squad’.
    5. Once intermediately settled, begin discussing long-term plans for ideas of places to really SETTLE to long-term.
    6. Split up or move together to execute step 5.
    7. Once you’ve reached your long-term settlement A) spread word of that community so that other such groups join your frontier community, B) set up long-term habitation/defense plans.
    8. Get to work rebuilding society :)

    Ideas:
    -Depending on the level of chaos in your area, silent eliminations in defense might be preferable. I’m gonna look into a crossbow (not kidding).
    -OPSEC in all things.
    -No coddling of stragglers. Strong, clear words – you pull your weight or you leave. One chance. If people can’t agree to that, kick them out of your squad ASAP.
    -Eyes toward electricity – we need to think of ways to restore the Internet after such a collapse. Massive benefits will be wrought the sooner that is done, for defense and development.
    -Prejudge NO ONE, positive or negatively. Good people and bad come in every form imaginable.

  • Row Weil

    My take on the Absolute top list of priorities when SHTF:

    I feel SHTF is an opportunity to take our communities back and purge the assholes from society. The key is to Join Together.

    1. Hunker down in your house. Maintain OPSEC, avoid pockets of violence when you venture out, eliminate crazed people who infringe upon your home’s boundaries (silently, preferably).
    2. Your only two missions in the beginning should be A) making little missions to maintain your survival situation, gathering food etc. and B) searching your immediate area to find the other ‘good’ people, and soliciting to meet as a group with other such people.
    3. Once you ‘good people’ meet up, identify a place to move into for medium-term security.
    4. Move there. Set up a temporary defensive community. Continue bolstering supplies/information/ranks of AAA-quality good people for your little ‘squad’.
    5. Once intermediately settled, begin discussing long-term plans for ideas of places to really SETTLE to long-term.
    6. Split up or move together to execute step 5.
    7. Once you’ve reached your long-term settlement A) spread word of that community so that other such groups join your frontier community, B) set up long-term habitation/defense plans.
    8. Get to work rebuilding society :)

    Ideas:
    -Depending on the level of chaos in your area, silent eliminations in defense might be preferable. I’m gonna look into a crossbow (not kidding).
    -OPSEC in all things.
    -No coddling of stragglers. Strong, clear words – you pull your weight or you leave. One chance. If people can’t agree to that, kick them out of your squad ASAP.
    -Eyes toward electricity – we need to think of ways to restore the Internet after such a collapse. Massive benefits will be wrought the sooner that is done, for defense and development.
    -Prejudge NO ONE, positive or negatively. Good people and bad come in every form imaginable.

    • Row Weil

      Oh Dear – comments glitched out – sorry for the SPAM :(

  • http://T Evie

    I heard these kinds of takeovers are the norm in Detroit, Chicago and some border towns.
    Where is the military, national gaurd or un?

  • Heimdall

    When people say, “we are the authorities, only the authorities can have guns,” you know that you are dealing with organized criminals.

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