Back in early 2012 I woke up! It was sudden and in my search for info I became extremely Paranoid from what I was seeing! I frantically began getting my affairs in order and threw money at it "Like there was no tomorrow"! I began to buy into the "Fear Porn" to the point of anxiety! Since then I have come to realize, that it was far too easy to become paralyzed by fear, and it was actually a hindrance to my preparation. Is there something to worry about? You bet your A** there is! Is freaking out gonna help? NO! Even in the best of times there are many bad things going on in the world. So my advice to those recently released from the "Matrix", is to Take a deep breath and think this out rationally. Water, food, and fire, FIRST! A hunting rifle and a handgun, preferable something with popular caliber, 9mm/22 and a crossbow, IMHO, are all you really need to get by. If an assault rifle ever became necessary, there will be plenty laying around for the taking, or one well placed arrow and you'll own everything the guy was carrying, although lets all hope it doesn't come to that. If one thinks it through properly and can find a safe place off the radar to retreat, your chances are greatly multiplied, the more remote the better. The reason I post this thread is simple, If I took all the money I spent being driven by fear and impulse, I could have bought a piece of land CASH! So think it through carefully, before you run out and spend any money on anything, and in the end you'll be better off for it!