(header image source: National Geographic Channel)
A couple of weeks ago, National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers” profiled a man in Tacoma, Washington named Tyler Smith. Mr. Smith, “to protect his family” is preparing to take your things!
You read right… he is planning to forcefully take from you what he and his group will need to survive. Sounds crazy, right?
National Geographic Channel has had many comments across the internet chastising them for airing this guy. Why? Because basically, he’s not a prepper, he’s a terrorist! He says they’re prepping for catastrophic domestic terrorist attacks, but all the while, they’re preparing to become part of the problem instead of part of the solution. Batten down the hatches, folks, this “marauder” is dead serious.
With his cousin Christian, and a network of fellow preppers, Tyler is preparing for martial law. Stockpiling only six months of food, his team of marauders plans to go door-to-door to take what they need by force. To defend themselves, this band of preppers constantly trains and practices for the day they will go on the offensive. Tyler plans to create “apocalypse armor” to keep him safe while marauding, protecting him from bullets, axes, and anything else that he may encounter come Doomsday. (source)
Since the airing of this episode on November 12, Tyler has taken a lot of heat on his Facebook page (which has since been deleted) and had this to say in response:
idk what is worse the people that cant tell the difference between entertainment/tv hype? or the people that are commenting way beyond things I said talking about killing my family and raping my wife and or killing me preemptively I said I would do whatever is necessary to survive and if that means kicking in doors then yes that is the guy I will be. get a f****** life you troll keyboard warrior pieces of s*** its reality tv if you thought entertainment wasn’t a possibility swallow your own 12 gauge barrel. Armor was meant to be for tv use only notice my modern plate carrier in pics above. and just so yall know your feeding into another show I have airing and your filling my pockets so for my house payments sake and new truck payment keep talking! if you thought anyone in there right mind would say that for free and not be expecting a reward you all are fools…as for my personal skills I know I can get better i know physical training is a top issue that’s all time consuming objectives and I am definitely working on it. better yet live your live prep and get ready because the end is coming. if you think your morals will survive the end times good luck and watch the whole episode and turn off selective hearing.
So apparently, he’s just doing these shows for the money. Tyler, are you putting on a show for the cameras? This is supposed to be “reality” tv, so why would you “make” armor just for the cameras if you do not intend to use it? You must have been paid well by NatGeo to look like a fool. I can say this much – I would NEVER sell myself out or risk my integrity by going on reality TV and “putting on a show” saying I was coming to take anything from anybody. If it came to it, I would sooner say “If you want what I have, you’ll have to kill me to get it… and that won’t be an easy task.”
The biggest problem I have is that I thought “Doomsday Preppers” was supposed to be a show for preppers and people who want to become preppers. With the episode featuring Mr. Smith, it’s becoming more of a freak show than anything. There are still some good points and tips to the show, but they’re getting further and further apart.
I just don’t know what to think, honestly. I mean, am I supposed to be scared of this guy coming to take my stuff, or laugh because he was putting on a show for the cameras? Of course, I laughed, but it was because I was assuming he was being legitimately serious. Either way, I’m not afraid of him. I doubt many folks are.
A final tip, Tyler: Don’t let your mouth write a check your behind just can’t cash. Someday, someone will put you to the test. Either they will ambush you when you aren’t ready, or they will be ready when you attempt to ambush them. Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. You might learn a thing or two.
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