In case you haven’t heard the reports yet, a gunman being described as an anti-government “survivalist” has kidnapped a young boy in Alabama. The stories state he is holding the boy hostage in a homemade bunker of some sort on his property. Police have been able to make contact with the gunman through some sort of PVC tube that runs into the bunker. They’ve sent down medications the boy needs, as well as coloring books and crayons.
As of this writing, the reports seem to indicate the gunman does not know the young boy. He took the boy from a school bus after shooting dead the bus driver.
Make no mistake, this is a tragic situation and one that we can only pray ends well.
I do find it interesting how much the media is focusing on this guy being a supposed survivalist. Well, really, I don’t know that it is incorrect to use that term, to be honest. He dug out a bunker in his backyard, supposedly stocked it with food and gear, and feared some sort of major collapse was coming. Assuming those are indeed facts and not suppositions, kind of hard to argue that he isn’t a survivalist.
My point though is the media is using the term “survivalist” in a very disparaging way. Like anyone who is a survivalist should immediately be thought of as being a loony whack job with violent tendencies, prone to paranoia.
I hate the fact that this guy snatched a young boy. I also hate that the media taking this situation as yet another opportunity to try and sway public opinion against preppers.