Serendipitously, just after I posted my last article dealing with emergency preparations and the necessity to keep reserve stocks that would allow you to leave as well as remain in your home, I found this essay at The Lonely Libertarian. It's a perfect illustration of the entitlement society in action, and the 'ghetto mentality' that's developed in so many of our inner cities. She concludes:
So this was probably the first time I truly got a taste of how bad it's gotten, how far society has slipped, how poisoned the populace has become with entitlements. Some people, out of the goodness of their hearts, tried to do something nice for some people who didn't appreciate it in the least. Things are rapidly getting worse, but I'm ready.
Go read the whole thing before you continue here. It's important that you do. I'll wait.
Finished it? Good.
That, right there, is a prime example of why you need to be prepared to 'get out of Dodge' if necessary. If welfare benefits are interrupted for any length of time, or a natural disaster disrupts the normal network supporting such people, they're going to come looking for anyone and anything that can satisfy their needs. They can, and do, and will regard themselves as entitled to take what they need, even if it's your property; and they have no objection to getting physical and 'in-your-face' about it, up to and including the use of whatever violence they deem necessary to get what they want.
If you defend your home and emergency supplies against them, the odds are extremely high that you'll have to employ force to do so - perhaps lethal force. In today's politically correct society, I can almost guarantee that you'll be arrested for doing so, and sit in jail for weeks or months while you work to clear your name. If a bunch of looters get together and agree on their story, there'll be multiple 'witnesses' to perjure themselves on a stack of Bibles ten feet tall that you yelled racist epithets at them and shot at them for no reason at all - "we wuz just walkin' past on our way to the church!" Even if the cops believe you, it's not their decision whether you go home or not - it's the District Attorney's call. He or she is going to be under immense political pressure to do whatever it takes to pacify the mob. Guess who's going to get the short end of the stick under such circumstances? Go look in the mirror. That's who.
I urge you to re-read my 'lessons learned' post after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. You'll find more examples of that mentality there. It's real, and it's in almost every city and town today. If you have to face down people of that mentality, you will end up losing, no matter whether you survive or not. Far better, I think, to either be somewhere they're not, right from the get-go, or move yourself out of their way before you get shafted. YMMV, of course . . . but I know what I'll be doing, if time and circumstances permit. If they don't, I'll just have to follow Theodore Roosevelt's advice and "do what I can, with what I have, where I am".