If a man publicly proclaims his intention to come into your home, point a weapon at your wife and children, and steal everything you have when a certain set of criteria are met, are you required to wait for him to act before before defending yourself?
That’s one of many questions raised by the most recent episode of Doomsday Preppers and the introduction of Tyler Smith.
Smith, 29, runs a Buckley, WA-based group that calls themselves “Spartan Survival.” In the event of a disaster, Smith and his merry band intend to attack other citizens and take what they need to survive by brute force.
I wish this was a joke, but it isn’t:
“We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.”
Most preppers, Smith says, are concerned with marauders taking their supplies. It’s not an unfounded fear, he says.
“We are those people,” he says. “We’ll kick your door in and take your supplies. … We are the marauders.”
Simply put, Smith—who admits to being a fan of Barack Obama’s redistributionist government—plans on armed robbery, home invasions, and widespread looting to support his group of bloated, inbred leeches should disaster strike.
This would seem to put the citizens of Pierce County, which includes Tacoma, in a bit of an ethical quandary. If even a minor disaster strikes and citizens see the members of Spartan Survival coming together, could they morally and ethically launch a first strike against Smith, his family (pictured above), and his group, in order to head off the attacks he’s already publicly announced?
We’ve asked the office of Pierce County Sheriff Paul A. Pastor if he has a plan in place, knowing that he has a gang of “more than 80 dues paying members” of Spartan Survival in his backyard, planning on attacking citizens in the event of a disaster. We’ll let you know if he responds.
It’s worth noting that Company A of the 19th Special Forces Group (National Guard) is based in this same small town. I rather suspect that any attempt at a “reign of terror” by Mr. Smith will end suddenly, despite the faith he has in his bathroom tile body armor.