04 December 2007

Hollywood Portrays People Who Prepare For Emergencies As Psychos

In the 1980s and 1990s, being more than just a little prepared for an emergency of any kind usually raised an eyebrow from the unwashed masses. We saw it at our PRO Gun Shows in Ohio when we sponsored "Preparedness Expos" prior to the millenium. Then, after 9-11, the government started running commercials telling you what to have on hand in case of a natural or man-made disaster. Those commercial still run today, and ads still appear in major metro newspapers. As a nation, we watched Hurricane Katrina, and it reinforced my belief that being prepared is better than not having supplies on hand. Other folks who had never thought about what they would do in an emergency watched that disaster unfold, and many are better prepared than they used to be. Today, you can go into Lowe's, Home Depot, Target and other big box retailers and pick up emergency kits, which include instructions for other food and water items you should keep on hand, including camping gear, batteries for flashlights, etc. The American Red Cross has a long list of recommendations on what to stockpile for an eventual emergency.

In the wake of Katrina, many more homeowners now keep a firearm on hand in case of emergency. The lawlessness that erupted after just a few days in New Orleans will not be repeated, or visited upon them, many Americans have decided.

So now comes one of the many CSI flavors on television, with clear evidence that Hollywood still is without a clue to how mainstream America thinks. After viewing the episode, JimmyB, author of Conservative UAW Guy, asks himself and his readers an important question: "Does That Mean Boyscouts Are Psychos?"

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