Liberal Preppers Are "Tired Of Being Perceived As Wusses" - Stock Up On Guns, Food As Trumpocalypse Looms

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Submitted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh via Vocativ

With Trump on the horizon, the survivalist movement — long a pastime of the right — is picking up progressive converts fast.

Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election.

An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.

“I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?'” said Waugh, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later backed Hillary Clinton. “The answer was absolutely not.”

With Trump now days away from assuming the White House, Waugh’s preparing for the worst. He’s made “bug-out bags” stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He’s begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in Gunnison County, Colorado, which he’s determined to be a “liberal safe-haven.” Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal.

His advice to others on the left fearful of the next four years? “Get ready. Pay attention. Keep your wits about you.”

Waugh’s not alone. He is among a new cadre embracing extreme self-reliance in the wake of Trump’s surprising victory. Long a calling among conservatives spooked by big government boogymen and calamitous natural disasters, the so-called prepper movement is gaining a decisively liberal following.

“We’re tired of being perceived as wusses who won’t survive when shit hits the fan,” said Stacy, a Texas Democrat who recently caught the prepper bug. She spoke with Vocativ on the condition we not publish her last name. “I, for one, don’t like to be thought of as some precious snowflake.”

After years cast as a fringe survival group, preppers entered a kind of golden age during the Obama presidency. A horrific housing crash and the spectacle of Hurricane Sandy helped give rise to reality television shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunker, and fueled a multi-billion dollar survival industry. Branded by some as a foreign-born, gun-grabbing socialist, Obama aroused deep suspicion among the patriot groups, right-wing conservatives, and apocalyptic Christians at the center of the growing movement.

Trump’s provocative posturing and unpredictability is now inspiring a fresh wave of panic on the left. Those who spoke with Vocativ have envisioned scenarios that could lead to military coups led by loyalists of the president-elect and internment camps packed with political opponents, bloody social unrest and an all-out civil or nuclear war. Sound bonkers? Perhaps. But, for many, so was the prospect of a President Trump.

“It’s the nature of the political beast,” said Kevin O’Brien, a conservative prepper and realtor who specializes in off-the-grid properties in eastern Tennessee. “Obama had many on the right really wound up. Now it’s the left’s turn.”

Lib preppers

 

The signs of change are surely in the air. Groups that cater to gun-toting bleeding hearts — such as the aptly named Liberal Gun Club — say they’ve seen a surge in paid membership since the election. Candid talk of disaster preparedness among progressives is showing up on social media. Even companies that outfit luxury “safe rooms” — which protect their wealthy owners from bombs, bullets, and chemical attacks — attribute recent boosts in business to the incoming administration.

“I don’t think we’d have the same level of interest if Hillary had been elected president,” Tom Gaffney, whose fortified home shelters at Gaffco Ballistics run as high as $400,000, told Vocativ in an interview.

Looking for likeminded folks to weather the Trumpocalypse, Waugh started a private Facebook group called the Liberal Prepper shortly after the election. In nine weeks, it’s drummed up more than 750 members, all of whom are individually screened and vetted, Waugh said. Dozens more flock to it daily.

Few are wasting precious time. They trade tips on survival swag and solicit recommendations for solar panels, firearms, and raising chickens. There are discussions on homesteading and home safety. Links to news stories about the president-elect or signs of instability around the globe are never in short supply.

Occasionally, posts on the Liberal Prepper seem to veer close to parody. One debate thread last week centered around the merits of stocking up on recycled toilet paper rolls versus buying Angel Soft, a brand produced by Koch industries, a notorious climate change foe. And in another discussion, vegetarian and vegan members talked about the best meat- and dairy-free food supplies to have during a sustained crisis.

In a smaller Facebook group, Progressive Liberal Preppers, members who blacksmith, bow hunt, and operate ham radios are eager to teach their skills with others, said one the site’s administrators, who goes by the name of Blythe Bonnie. “The next thing we’re going to do is a class on home brewing and winemaking,” said Bonnie, a lifelong Democrat and 70-year-old now living in Arkansas.

While most of these liberal preppers say they are readying for any disaster — natural, manmade, or even zombie —  a doomsday scenario at the hands of a President Trump continues to be a primary concern.

“With the new administration I worry about Nazi-style camps that would include my wife, our twins and myself,” said Melissa Letos, who lives with her family on a five-acre spread near Portland, Oregon. In a recent interview, she said she raises chickens, strives to keep a year’s supply of canned food, and is able to hold her own with a firearm. She and her family plan to a build a bunker-style basement in the future.

Even as Letos and other liberals brace for bedlam, some longtime preppers worry that others in the movement have let their guard down. Michael Snyder, author of The Economic Collapse blog, recently warned against those on the right who seemed overly optimistic about a Trump presidency. “Everyone is feeling so good about things, very few people still seem interested in prepping for hard times ahead,” he wrote, raising the specter of financial instability in Europe and a potential trade war with China. “It is almost as if the apocalypse has been canceled and the future history of the U.S. has been rewritten with a much happier ending.”

For Waugh and his liberal peers, the apocalypse may have just begun. “Fear is an unfortunate catalyst for a lot of folks,” he said. “But there are still too many caught up in the idea that the system is infallible and that it will persevere and prevail.”

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Richard Chesler's picture

No training.

Good luck libturds!

Post-Truth Society's picture

At least these fools see Trump for what he really is: a Muslim and the Anti-Christ.

NoDebt's picture

"One debate thread last week centered around the merits of stocking up on recycled toilet paper rolls versus buying Angel Soft, a brand produced by Koch industries, a notorious climate change foe. And in another discussion, vegetarian and vegan members talked about the best meat- and dairy-free food supplies to have during a sustained crisis."

Needing 3 bathrooms in your bunker is really going to drive up the cost, too.  Didn't think about that one, did you?  Good luck, idiots.

 

38BWD22's picture

 

 

"With Trump now days away from assuming the White House, Waugh’s preparing for the worst. He’s made “bug-out bags” stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He’s begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in Gunnison County, Colorado, which he’s determined to be a “liberal safe-haven.” Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal."

 

With their three cats.

I wonder if he can do a headshot at 7 yards with his 9mm.  Doubt it.

 

Blankman's picture

Probably declared cats also.  Wouldn't want the cats hurting someone...

 

Took my kid to the range even he said the 9mm smith and wesson was harder to control than my P226 in .45

 

.45 more stopping power more control. 

 

9mm is a starter pistol for people who don't know better.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Lefty crackpots & Conspiracy theorists. Remember to wear your tinfoil shiny side out!!

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) TruxtonSpangler Jan 18, 2017 4:00 AM

"I can't make anything with these f*&^ing safety pins!" -MacGyver

Lynx Dogood's picture

Even my .40's have less kick than our 9mm's. .45 is great also, just a little to big a grip for the kids smaller hands.

Barney Fife's picture

This is also BS. Sorry, but no way a 9 mm has more recoil than a 40 S&W. 

Chuck Walla's picture

Indeed, the .40 is very snappy.

post turtle saver's picture

the .357 magnum revolver should be your starter and finishing pistol... .38 special for practice and it can still get the job done, .357 when you want it to stop and drop on the spot...

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

No need for the Libtards to go to the shooting range.  When the going gets tough, take the "Snowflake Escape Route".  Place the barrel in your mouth and pull the trigger vigorously until you're in your Safe-Space.  Problem solved for everyone.

surfer4444's picture

only if you are an extremely poor shot....accuracy over power is the anthem of a true marksman

surfer4444's picture

only if you are an extremely poor shot....accuracy over power is the anthem of a true marksman

Barney Fife's picture

"45 has more stopping power". 

Utter, complete myth. Give me a 9 mm with Corbon 115 gr +P+ against your bogus, does-not-align-wiith-physics big-bullet mythology and I'll have better muzzle energy, 2X the ammo, and better shot control. 

Been shooting 40 years and own literally every handgun caliber imaginable, including 45 ACP. 

Still CC with a 9mm, and for good reason. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I'm guessing he gets stuck somewhere and ends up eating the cats. Wait, strike that, he must be a vegan. Ok, the cats will survive by eating him.

Miffed

NoDebt's picture

All kidding aside (and believe me, there is a METRIC SHIT TON OF KIDDING AROUND I COULD DO ON THIS SUBJECT)..... is this shit for real?  This can't be for fucking real.  I feel like I'm in the fucking twilight zone.

The "preppers" I know don't give a shit what party you identify with.  They don't like government, period.  They think it's all spiraling out of control no matter who's in charge and there's really nothing left to do but.... prep and wait for it to all fall down.  They're not pro-this or anti-that.  They're apocalyptic motherfuckers who are determined to exercise their God-given right to survive whatever the fuck happens.  And, frankly, I got not a goddamed problem in the world with that with that.

I think somebody's pulling our leg here.  This whole article don't feel right to me.  Something's up.  I smell propoganda.

 

 

Blankenstein's picture

The article comes from Vocative which is partnered with MSNBC.......

 

"Vocativ, the digital news startup that debuted a content partnership with MSNBC on Monday, is investing in its domestic coverage"

http://www.politico.com/media/story/2014/02/vocativ-hires-a-west-coast-b...

Norwegianfish's picture

must be expensive to stock up on that organic kale.

Post-Truth Society's picture

Consider the following:

A) Trump is the Muslim Anti-Christ (see below). He plans, together with his Jew daughter Ivanka and Jew son-in-law Kushner to unite all Muslims and Jews to fight against Christianity in the battle of Armageddon.

B) Donald = 6 letters, original Germanic spelling Drumpf = 6 letters.  His father’s middle name is Christ, also 6 letters.  (Christ - quite an unusual middle name, don’t you think?)  And so, as the son shall be set against the father, Donald Trump is the Anti-Christ, 666 in the flesh.

C) The triangular shape of Trump Tower, viewed from above, in New York points east to the Kaaba in Mecca.

D) The crown jewel of the Kushner real estate empire is a building at 666 Fifth Avenue.  He recently held talks with Chinese investors to redevelop the property.

E) Trump has publicly expressed admiration for Sharia law, notably their rules on divorce. Why did Trump go out of his way to address a pending $2B real estate deal in Dubai at his first press conference?

F) Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, will be Trump’s point man on working with Israel.  Meanwhile Trump courts Russia, to allow him access to Syria. He needs both these alliances to prepare for the final battle in Israel.

G) The Time magazine cover which appeared to show devil’s horns on Trump was a bread crumb from a Higher Power, likely guiding the hand of the photo editor.  (Note also, that the horns came from the letter M - for Muslim.)

H) Hubris. Trump did not mention God even once during his victory speech.  Even after Reince Priebus strongly prompted Trump by saying "God Bless. Thank God.", Trump swiftly ignored him and thanked the RNC and secret service instead.

 

Bill of Rights's picture

Did your university professor teach you this lol

Lynx Dogood's picture

How do people get to your level of stupid and still breath with out a air hose shoved down your throat?

antidisestablishmentarianismishness's picture

That was one of the most intelligent and interesting comments I've ever seen on ZH.  But the bar is quite low.

ReZn8r's picture

And you are fucking stupid. Period! Don't reproduce.

Bill of Rights's picture

That's a new one ha ha ha stupid cunt

Chuck Walla's picture

If you get paid for this kind of piffle, well done. You won't sway anyone here, but if you feel better, well, that's what's important, Snowflake.

mofreedom's picture

These mentally retarded leftists better be screened to the hilt and their meds taken into account to the max. These folk can hardly tie their own shoes on a sober day.

God Help Us!!!

nmewn's picture

Meh...I prefer to call them "targets of opportunity"...one way or the other...lmao!

Certainly now they are seeing something we have always seen and oddly enough, they're not that crazy about it after all ;-) 

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Only a libtard can produce such a marvel of stupidity ... libtards don't realize that in a true free and open market and society detention camps for ideological ideas only are counter productive ... only a libtard can conceive that imprisonment and coercion for pure abiding to an ideology are well, measures found acceptable only by libtards ... because they don't abide and understand the non-aggression principle and that only once breaking it the individual is sentenced to a restriction of liberty as a precaution measure.

Ponk's picture

You may like to believe that there is such a thing as a 'libtard', but in reality there isn't. It's a rhetorical construction that gratifies you when you jizz hate on it, but fuck, if you think it requires much intelligence to learn how to use a gun, develop survival craft, you are a fucking moron. If you also think that 'a true free and open market' exists anywhere except in orthodox economics textbooks, or that Donald fucking Trump gives one shit about the non-aggression principle or liberty, you are the retard. These left-leaning survivalists, as someone mentioned above, should be befriended as part of a broader anti-state, anti-oligarchy alliance that privileges local, human relationships between people who treasure their autonomy.

Helix6's picture

Actually, what they've seen is the hatred and contempt you feel for them.  An AR-15 with conversion kit and weekly sessions at the target range seem in order.

skinwalker's picture

I actually consider the AR to be a dreadful design.

Helix6's picture

Not the greatest.  Think of them as training wheels.

nmewn's picture

"Actually, what they've seen is the hatred and contempt you feel for them."

It was that obvious was it? ;-)

HedgeJunkie's picture

I actually welcome liberals to the prepping community.  I commend them on their forward thinking.

Out of respect I'll stay out of their space until they become interested in other aspects and/or views.

Changing figure heads accomplished nothing; the core of our war criminal government remains unchanged.

However, my preps are due to the fact that I'm pretty fucking close to a major fault in Southern Commornia.  One significant twitch in Saint Andy and the effect will be like an EMP for a huge area, with millions of people affected. 

And my side of the shithole will get the short stick on aid allocation.  That is a given.

nmewn's picture

If they were true Liberals there wouldn't be a problem. My definition of a Liberal is someone who doesn't force people to do what they don't want to do or consciously elect people who they know would do it for them. A classical Liberal would have recoiled in horror at a president telling them to "eat your peas" and a government doubling its debt in only eight years while unleashing legions of regulators telling people that exhaling is destroying the planet & armed security agents to confiscate the peoples assets at traffic stops and fist Granny and fondle babies at airports.

No, these are not Liberals my friend.

DosZap's picture

No,agreed they are FASCISTS.

DosZap's picture

Having weapons and gear is fine, Having a weapon and not knowing what to do with it is a whole nuther ball game, Libtards should not be allowed to own firearms,they will not learn to use them and will likely shoot themselves.

unsafe-space-time's picture

Libfags are prepping. Looks like there will be a shortage of dildos and gayporn

VWAndy's picture

 Back shooters Id guess.

Lynx Dogood's picture

A high powered Daisy S/S+ BB gun is the only way to go Libs. The initial kick will wear off pretty quick. Other than that anchovies are one of the best long range food prep items along with kale phalic sticks.

 Wish you luck!

Lynx

847328_3527's picture

He bought the gun in bright pink ... to make a statement.

 

Too bad none of those LGBT'ers who were killed by the Muslim terrorist in Orlando had a gun. Many lives could have been saved.

Too bad Obama ordered the Lowrenta to stand down and not "harrass" Muslims. Many lives could have been saved.

Too bad Lowrenta ordered the fbi to stand down and not "harrass" Muslims. Many lives could have been saved.

nmewn's picture

Too bad the former head of DHS (Janet Napolitano) called returning vets "right wing extremists".

But being off target by 45 to 90 degrees on her shot (in calm wind no less...lmao!) is why everyone by her side ducks for cover when she speaks ;-)

peddling-fiction's picture

I see that the prepping kit is missing a teddy bear. Chuckle.

peddling-fiction's picture

“I, for one, don’t like to be thought of as some precious snowflake.”

Then don't act like a snowflake, you melting wuss of a snowflake.

Lynx Dogood's picture

Can't forget coloring books & therapy puppies!