If society crumbles due to economic, political, or social reasons, you can expect violent crime, looting, rape, assault, murder, etc., to reach unprecedented levels never before seen in modern times. Police will be unable or unwilling to respond to cries for help as they will be looking to protect there own families. In short you are on your own and you will need to be prepared accordingly to deal with this type of scenario.
If law and order breaks down you must be sufficiently armed with the will and the skill to do what you can to protect yourself and your family. Do not go looking for trouble; but if trouble finds you there may not be anyone else available to assist you in many circumstances.
Two main types of threats you might face are career criminals who use the societal collapse as just another excuse to commit violent crimes and formerly good people who have been driven to do bad things based on circumstances; meaning they didn’t prepare and now they are trying to take food, water and other supplies from those who did prepare.
If you don’t own firerams or have access to them and you don’t know how to use them efficiently and properly; you will find yourself at a distinct disadvantage. You should familiarize yourself with firearms and the proper methods of loading, unloading, target acquisition, maintenance, and which firearms, gauges, and calibers are best for which situations. Be prepared because when all is said and done you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and security.
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