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Still Getting Worse — How Far Can It Go?

This is a stock photo from another incident. Not a recent riot.

Certain cities within the United States are an absolute mess right now with little to no coverage of the incidents taking place. This is going to be a bit of a different article than you're used to reading of mine because I'm offering up some advice based on my opinions and things that I'm seeing.

I study this stuff, probably more than the average American does, just because I have to know it so I can effectively communicate things to you, our readers. So what's the deal? What's going on?

I'm sure you've heard of the mass rioting taking place. And most recently in Kenosha, Wisconsin things are melting down, quite literally because of fires right in the streets. Here's the thing about Kenosha, many people haven't even heard of it. And, those who have probably didn't know it was even in Wisconsin.

The Kenosha population was just over 100,000 people in 2018 making it a medium sized city. When a person thinks about violent crime, this is not the city that usually comes to mind like NYC, LA, Chicago, Baltimore, etc.

Kenosha sits almost smack dab in the middle of Milwaukee and Chicago and you've got a 1 in 295 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime there.

Unless, of course, there are riots taking place. If that's the case, then your chances go up quite considerably.

The last few nights, for example, you had a good chance of getting hurt if you were there.

I had a bunch of videos I was going to embed, but they go against our family friendly guidelines for language and gore. Simply go to Twitter and search for “Kenosha riots” and you'll get a lot of wretched stuff to watch uploaded by citizens, not necessarily the news media.

So what's the point with all of this?

Well, there are a couple of points.

The first one is gun related and much easier to discuss, so I'll start there. If you're not armed all the time, to include inside your house, you are wrong.

Fix this immediately because you never know when bad stuff is going to happen. We are currently in a huge mess as a nation and I don't see it getting better any time soon. And in fact, I think there's going to be violence no matter what the outcome is in November.

I hope I'm wrong.

But because I'm probably not wrong, I strongly suggest you not only have your gun, but also medical equipment. I saw another disturbing video of a dude who was shot in the upper arm in a recent riot and it's a bloody mess.

That is one of the reasons why trauma gear is so important. I don't know that guy, but I can say with about a 93.7 percent certainty that he didn't wake up thinking he was going to get shot. That sort of stuff just kind of happens.

We recommend this company for trauma gear.

The other point, which is a bit of a different topic for me on this blog, though I do say this out loud to my friends, is that you need to move out of your city if at all possible. On the bare minimum, stay OUT of your city.

If you live in or near a city with a population greater than 15,000 people you should move out of there ASAP.

If you have the means, of course.

Because here's the thing … I started this article saying that certain cities are a mess but the truth is that ANY city can be that mess. Any city is susceptible to this mass rioting, and the rioters don't seem to care about anything except their riot.

They don't care who or what they damage along the way.

I think there is value in weighing the benefits of getting out of your city now while you're able to. And if you cannot get out because of familial, monetary, or other constraints, avoidance is the next best thing.

This means that if stuff is popping off in your local city that you don't go there to watch it. This also means not going out to places, or at least limiting the amount of time you spend out at places. Does that suck? Yeah, sure. But you have a zero percent chance of getting caught up in a riot if you're not there.

Last month my local medium-sized city (92,000 people) was on the verge of meltdown. It's about 45 minutes away and we never went close to it. Where I live is less than 10,000 people but it's spread out over a large area and is very safe because most of us are armed.

But we weren't always this blessed. We moved down here from Pennsylvania in a very populated area north of Philly and I wanted to get to a better area just because people can be unpredictable.

It's almost always better to be in an area with less people who are willing to help take care of each other than in a big city where the goal is to hurt others.

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below. Would you or have you already considered moving?

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31 Responses to Still Getting Worse — How Far Can It Go?

  1. R Hamil August 26, 2020 at 7:05 pm #

    I agree, stay away, minimize possible contacts with the ludicrous minded mobs. Always carry, and be prepared, AND maintain situational awareness… In traffic of you’ve got to drive, be aware of lanes and exit points from traffic. Know how to use your vehicle to retreat. Keep it locked at all times for goodness sake. In addition to a good first aid AND trauma kit, have water and snacks tucked away in the vehicle. Since of us still have to drive to work. Watch that parking lot before going out of the vehicle. Keep that bloody mobile phone in a pocket or bag… Hand as free as possible while walking to and from buildings. Eyes OPEN and head on a swivel. And no matter how passionate you feel, NO slogans on your attire. Blend into the background… I’m done, maybe…

  2. Cary August 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

    Thanks for this Josh.
    I live in a suburb of an Ohio city.
    the police chief and I are very close. He has assured me that the kind of activity going on in Kenosha et all, will NEVER happen in his jurisdiction. I’m pretty sure he’s prepping just in case.

  3. James Hand August 26, 2020 at 7:08 pm #

    All these points re constantly on my mind, and they should be on everybody’s mind.
    Our country is on the verge of being taken over by the Leftist.
    How do you think we ought to deal with these predators?
    Is it getting to that 2nd Amendment foundational time again?
    I pray not, but I am prepared.
    God Bless America!

  4. Ronald Lowe August 26, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

    My mother died year before Last… I have seriously considered moving away ever since!… It’s just that I am a Disabled veteran and it is hard enough just for me to get around…. Because I don’t have any charge accounts or credit cards… I don’t have any credit even though I pay all my bills on time … which means I can’t get a mortgage for another home

  5. Col. Douglass August 26, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

    Planning to retire at end of December from a VERY populated city 45 min from NYC – and can’t wait to leave this liberal stronghold. I hope to go south to at least VA, but that state is now too liberal presently. Will take my firearms and Instructor business with me, and as a widower I don’t have to worry about entanglements with a spouse’s needs.

    • Brat, Army, One (1) Each. August 27, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

      I live in The Fan District in Richmond, VA, our capital as you are no doubt aware. We are in the midst of some unpleasant events which started (ostensibly) with the demands for the removal of our many Confederate monuments. I live between two of the streets (Broad and Monument) and within four blocks of several now pedestals, formerly statues, and within blocks of VCU, all of which have seen a lot of action. The graffitti-covered and barricaded Lee statue is left and its removal is held up in litigation until the end of October. In the meantime, the Lee Circle (rechristened Marcus David Peters Circle) is under occupation by groups who mean to beat the 381 days record set when Montgomery was under protest in the ’60s. They have been granted permits to cook food now, which gives you an idea of our Mayor’s mindset. There are still weekly marches (the last just a couple of nights ago through the Fan), but fewer out and out riots with broken windows and fires. Only a couple of people have been beaten or shot at (yes, how jaded does that sound?) There was one murder a few weeks ago directly attributed to the mob. There are bills before our legislature to further limit our rights, and placate the movement. More and more of our local candidates are “woke.”

      Northern Virginia is a suburb of Washington. You can surmise what is the current state up there. The Portsmouth area further south has seen its share of grief.

      I regret to inform you that it seems Virginia, what we used to call our Commonwealth, is most probably lost. Should you decide to move to Central VA, I suggest Hanover County, which may prove to be a holdout.


  6. Steve August 26, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

    I concur wholeheartedly! I too, left North, North Philly for my current small town where people help others. I am fortunate to have the means to do so. Our community is well protected with very competent individuals & families. Y’all be safe out there.

  7. Don August 26, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

    I am totally with you in the moving out of town I am currently trying to find another house for my family to live in now in a much smaller town smaller location we’re like you say we can all band together trying to get this done is proving difficult but I’m not giving up I’m working on it there’s some members of my family to think oh all the stuff will never come here we’re not going to be a part of it well I hope it never does but I don’t wanna be here when it does it’s already a town of high crime and all this other crap that goes with it drugs you name it. I’m doing the best I can to prepare for the worst animal supplies whatever I can on a very limited budget that I have but hopefully what I’ve done and what I can do will help and we will all get through it

  8. Stephen August 26, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    Yes, we are actively looking for a home in another state, one that is not Democrat friendly. I used to think that democrats were just like republicans accept with a slightly different point of view. But now I look at their platform and what they are promoting and it is against my values. In fact most of it is pure evil. I say that with great sadness. I wish they loved America like I do. But it seems like the indoctrination that the students are getting now in even grade school and high school let alone the universities suggests that America is bad, capitalism is bad, and only socialism and marxism is good.

  9. Rich A. August 26, 2020 at 7:40 pm #

    Joshua – I understand your concern – no one could have predicted some of the changes that have occurred, literally over night. But I have more confidence that there are many more good people than there are bad. The incidents that we all have witnessed have become normalized by the prevalence of social media and the internet. All of America is not burning. I live in a city of 100k right next to a city of 500k and protests have been peaceful. I believe “havens” like this are much more normal than the surprising violent “cities.” If I thought the way you suggest, I would have moved out of California because of mudslides and earthquakes long ago. The emphasis should be, as you also recommend, on preparation.

  10. Erwin Brady August 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

    Yes, I agree about the Second Amendment. But I see a bigger picture, that includes a major part about guns. I look at the AntiChrist One World Government. The United States makes the AntiChrist One World Government’s last hurdle to conquering the entire globe. All kinds of things happen nowadays simultaneously, not coincidentally, as a deliberate strategy by the NWO to destabilize us to conquer us. As you might be able to tell by the language I use, I come from the perspective of Bible End Times Prophecies. That gets way, way too lenghty here. But at least I offer my few words here to touch on the topic.

    Thank you.

    Good evening.

  11. Steven Arnold August 26, 2020 at 7:43 pm #

    The problem is the veterans and patriotic people of our big cities and under 50k who are Republicans will not arm themselves nationwide and build their own resistance militias against BLM and Antifa groups. There is power in American patriotic militias that take a stand in the state and or town they live in! Will it happen……? Freedom hangs on this premise.

    • Jeff September 9, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

      It won’t happen. Militias where I am are an absolute joke. All they do is chat online – no training, mobilization, organization or meetups at all. In the east there’s awesome militias but in the west you’re on your own.

  12. Dan Bowman August 26, 2020 at 7:43 pm #

    Your right. Six years ago my wife & I move out to the country. Pop. 205
    All the neighbors & ourselves are well armed and we are all Veterans.
    We are currently in the process of downsizing to a place one dirt road over.
    We feel safer.

  13. Steven Arnold August 26, 2020 at 7:49 pm #

    There is no other way except by military detachments against these criminals. They hate America and are ENEMIES AGAINST OUR FREEDOM AND OUR COUNTRY. A oath is taken by every American who is patriotic to defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic(Right here in AMERICA)!

  14. John Shriver August 26, 2020 at 8:18 pm #

    Thanks for your insight. We need to be very selective about where we go and be very alert and aware of our surroundings. These are troubling times which are threatening our republic and constitution. Belief in God and serving Him and to serve others should be our goal. As a Responsibly Armed Citizen I will protect my self and the ones I love. Stay Safe and Train Often

  15. Shawn August 26, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

    For more than ten years I’ve been reading that signs of the imminent collapse of the United States were becoming more apparent. As I recall, the opinion was that we?d fracture into 5 or 6 smaller regional nations. Each time we considered moving for job opportunities, I asked myself who my new home would end up with. I want no part of a California dominant country, that?s for sure!

  16. Rick Gabler August 26, 2020 at 8:39 pm #

    I wish my wife and daughters would understand all this. They hate that I have a gun and a C&C license.

    • gary Ivy August 26, 2020 at 10:30 pm #

      Hope they are able to be seeing these riots and the damage mobs can do to innocent people.

    • Jeff August 27, 2020 at 4:59 am #

      Rick Gabler – my daughter is hardcore against guns, and my ex is not a fan either, so I understand where you’re coming from.

      I REALLY want to be around like minded Patriots who are pro 2nd Amendment, believe in self defense and are armed like me. I have driven out east where I’m at and LOVE it – out in the country and……well let’s just say you can tell they are seriously pro gun.

      So Joshua – to answer your question yes I have SERIOUSLY thought about moving and, since I’m waiting on a response to an investor looking at buying my rental property, if and when this thing sells (and I hope it does) I will be moving east out into the country to get away from major cities. Where I’m looking at going is rural cities, with everything spread out, and a population of less than 7,000 people. My kind of place.

  17. David Yarbrough August 26, 2020 at 9:16 pm #

    These are truly troubling times. A prudent man prepares for the worst and prays for the best. Being ever vigilant and the 1st line defender for his family and self.

  18. Don Peat August 26, 2020 at 10:36 pm #

    I moved from CT five years ago to rural MS. Huge cultural difference, to say the least. In CT, you didn’t tell anyone you owned guns. Down here, they’re everywhere. I feel very safe, being more than 45 miles from even a small city. So glad I moved when I did!

  19. Donna August 27, 2020 at 5:22 am #

    Why not talk about what we can do to remain the United States of America? Or are we looking forward to a civil war?

  20. Kent Stafford August 27, 2020 at 6:33 am #

    Great words to live in safer area. We need to be ready for the worst, prepare yourself as no one else will do it for you. Pray for protection from satan, as he is getting into more people all over the world. May God Bless America and all believers in the world.

  21. Shane August 27, 2020 at 6:45 am #

    Good read. We are looking to move out of Colorado for those very reasons, and many more. The past 7 years Colorado has become unbearable in population and outrageously expensive.

  22. Kevin August 27, 2020 at 6:54 am #

    I finally got my wife to at least carry pepper spray. I am a 7 year ex sailor, and have been in some sh*t holes of the world. They have come HERE. I WILL fight to defend the rights the forefathers set aside for the citizens. I WILL protect what is mine and my family. I was taught “central body mass” and I believe that totally. DO NOT TRY ME. 1776 AGAIN. MOLAN LABE!!!!

  23. Kknechg August 27, 2020 at 7:20 am #

    Yes we moved from tax and spend Ct to rural Tn ( a very pro gun state) 2 yrs ago.they dont tolerate that kind of behaviour here for very long.nashville had some issues for a couple nites but they made it punishable by jail time.and some did go to jail.the govenor signed new bills making it very overnighting on state property in the capitol area amongst other laws.if other cities followed suit these problems would fade away.

  24. Nicholas Di Guiseppi August 27, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    staying vigil and cautious is the primary objective. As mentioned, stay away from the big cities if there is a hint of trouble. If you happen to be at the place of insurrection, back off and find an exit to a safer area and move away from the crowd. Do not be a hero, and let the law enforcement handle the situation.

  25. Linda Ford August 27, 2020 at 8:40 am #

    Thank you for keeping us informed. My husband and I moved about 6 years ago from what has now become one of the most hated States to beautiful Idaho. We are in a small rual town and for the most part are like minded when it comes to 2A and political affiliation. We are older and retired and understand the need to be ever ready. We are prepared and vigilant and greatful to have both active and retired military personal as our neighbors. I believe the way we were raised has prepared us for hard times and for that I am greatful to my pioneering grand parents and parents.
    God, Country, and Family

  26. Yogi August 27, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

    Pretty good article. I am one of those who live in a perfect (my opinion) place and also can not afford to move. I live in a popular beach city in Orange County CA. I have a 300 Blackout AR15 next to the front door and carry my Glock 30 every where I go, except into the shower. My city is run by Republicans

  27. Grandmama August 28, 2020 at 7:28 pm #

    I live in the middle of farm country, but that doesn’t mean I’m safe. What worries me is I cannot find ammo for my gun. I have some that I was buying a little at a time, but COVID hit and now you can’t get it anywhere.

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