Family Defense in a Societal Collapse Scenario

Written by Skip Coryell on October 5, 2013

I’ve done hundreds of radio interviews over the past few years, but every once in a while one of them stands head and shoulders above the rest. This past week, I was on the Genesis Radio network with Vince Finelli and his USA Prepares radio broadcast talking about family security in a societal collapse scenario.

(You can listen to the broadcast here.)

Is it just me, or is the world becoming a more dangerous place? We’ve got roving bands of bikers pulling families out of their SUVs and beating them to near death; workplace shootings, school shootings, people setting themselves on fire on the National Mall, and shoot-outs on the Capitol steps. Folks, it’s not getting better; it’s getting worse, and the social fabric that holds us all together is unraveling at a record pace. This article isn’t about why, but, just as important, how can you protect the ones you love when evil visits your door.

I recently read a quote by Rob Pincus, founder of I.C.E training company and co-author (with Mark Walters) of Lessons from Unarmed America, that pretty much sums it up:

“Evil Exists.
You may be visited by Evil.
You should be prepared to Defend Yourself against that Evil.”

And that’s what I discussed with Vinnie Finelli on his radio show. Evil exists, and when our social fabric is rent, that evil will be unleashed upon a world of sheep with no means, attitude or ability to defend itself. First, you have to understand that all of society is man-made; it’s artificial, unnatural and temporary. The clean, orderly culture we have today of fiber optics, FaceBook and Twitter cannot last. Nothing lasts forever except God, the Earth and the sky.

So you and the ones you love should begin to prepare for the next big change.

Change # 1 – Mindset

The great teacher, Lt. Colonel David Grossman, tells us there are three kinds of people in the world: sheep, sheepdogs and wolves. Most of society are sheep; they stand on the hill grazing and say “baa” as they’re being slaughtered. They are a helpless lot and viciously deny the existence of evil. When they see a sheepdog, they become terrified, because fangs remind sheep they are defenseless against the wolf. In many regards, human sheep are like my two-year-old daughter. When she covers her eyes with her hands, she thinks I can’t see her. We play a fun game of hide and seek that way. My daughter will outgrow that game, because I will teach her the real world.

When I teach a concealed carry class, I look on as sheep grow into something better: sheepdogs. It’s fun and satisfying to watch, because I enjoy teaching people how to protect the ones they love.

But in a societal collapse scenario, I believe a fourth kind of person will have to emerge: Fierce and compassionate Warriors.

As society continues to unravel, sheepdogs will be forced to harden and become more efficient killing machines. The skills they learned in an eight-hour concealed carry class will not be enough. In eight hours I can teach someone how to be safe with a pistol, a few tactics, and how to not be a danger to society or themselves. But the skills needed in a world governed by the law of the jungle will be more advanced. That sheep-like mindset will have to die in order for families to live.

In my NRA classes I teach my students to “shoot until the threat stops”. That’s a sanitized, politically correct way of saying “Kill the bad guys.” In reality, you stop the threat by causing massive tissue damage and blood loss. That’s going to be a tough transition for people who’ve spent their entire lives grazing on the side of the hill, living and thinking as sheep.

In the radio interview Vinnie asked me this: “In a societal collapse scenario, people will come to your door wanting food. They are at your door. You have only enough food for you and your family. What do you tell that person?”

My priorities in life have always been “God, Family and Country” in that order. God comes first, then my family, and then everyone else. That unprepared, hungry man is everyone else. I have to turn him away, and if he refuses to leave, I have to repel him to protect my family. In a grid-down society, there will be no police protection, no nine-one-one, and no help from the government. It’s just you and the balls you brought to the game. You got no balls – you die. You got no skills – you die.

It’s black and white.

At that point in time you have to transition from civilian sheepdog into tenacious military warrior. And that doesn’t happen overnight. Your family should begin transforming into a post-apocalyptic Special Forces Fire Team. The family is the basic building block of society. That building block has become compromised, and therefore our society is crumbling. In a societal collapse scenario, only families grounded in traditional basics of “real” life will survive. That means coming together as one. You live for the family; you are ready to die for the family. You are tenacious, indomitable and unstoppable.

I highly recommend you begin acquiring advanced fighting skills and warrior mindsets for your family. I’m not talking about some mamby-pamby, milk toast, wussified four-hour class in pistol safety. I’m talking hard-core, advanced tactics. Check out Rob Pincus at I.C.E Training ( He’ll get you started on the path from sheepdog to tenacious warrior.

Image: Statue of James McKenzie’s sheepdog ‘Friday’. Shore of Lake Tekapo, New Zealand; source: Flickr; author: paddy patterson from glasgow, scotland; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Skip Coryell lives with his wife and children in Michigan. Skip Coryell is the author of nine books including  Blood in the Streets: Concealed Carry and the OK Corral; RKBA: Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; The God Virus, and We Hold These Truths. He is the founder of The Second Amendment March and the President of White Feather Press. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, a Marine Corps veteran, and co-host of the syndicated radio show Frontlines of Freedom. Skip also hosts the weekly podcast The Home Defense Show, which can be heard 24/7 at For more details on Skip Coryell, or to contact him personally, go to his website at