It's actually a good point you make MM. Guns aren't the beat all if and when the world goes to heck.
My stance on it is there's no harm in being prepared and having a plan in the event that an emergency happens. Be it an earthquake, flood or some
truly devastating event like multiple nukes...
I count myself amongst the ones that IS able to manage without all my doo dads and gear.
I know how to get gear and supplies without a gun or even a knife. Most people I'd like to think, that have invested some real thought and made sure
they learned continuously about survival techniques...could if they had to make do with little more than the clothes on their backs.
I have no gun and no intention to get one. Then again I'm canadian LOL it's not really a pre-requisite for us
I thinkyou are a bit erroneous in your labeling of "survivalists" as "rambo and ramboette" wanna bes though.
It's not just about the gear and nifty supplies...it's the mind set as well. The knowledge that in a really terrible situation we know what we CAN
do..we know our limits and faults and we've (I'd hope most of us have) considered what might happen if we were unable for whatever reason to reach
I consider myself a survivalist but you know I have a life outside of being prepared. I don't sit around waiting, gear at my side, for some
cataclysmic event to happen so I can use all my "cool" stuff.
I have to work, go to school, take care of a kid and cats, pay bills...blah blah blah. The survival prep is because I need to know I have taken
measures to be prepared for a variety of things. Especially as a single mother...no man around to save us when things get tough...you learn to
improvise and you learn to do a heck of a lot on your own.The knowledge isn't just applicable in a Situation X...it's useful all through my life.
Being absolutely broke for most of it has actually helped as well...being able to settle for far less and/or nothing, is a great skill when suddenly
all the excess and luxuries are gone.
The gear isn't all there is to it. Knowing what to do and being confident enough to do it is just as important.
Sorry you see it the way you do...I get tired of all the guns and ammo talk sometimes but nearly all are knowledgeable and /or skilled in far more. I
think it may be a fairly small part of the picture you've seen or looked into.
My only real beef with the whole thing is that it's mainly geared to MEN surviving LOL...face it...you guys wouldn't last a day without us chicks
Hope that offers you at least an "unarmed" insight into it...for what it matters