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American Preppers Network Statement Regarding the Connecticut School Shootings

American Preppers Network Statement Regarding the Connecticut School Shootings


It has come to our attention at the American Preppers Network that certain people in the media are now trying to make a connection between the peaceful, preppers community and Nancy Lanza, mother of Adam Lanza – the monster who brutally and savagely took the lives of so many innocent children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut.

Our members, and others around the globe who share our philosophy of being prepared in times of emergency, are sickened by this event.  We too are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and to associate APN or any legitimate organization that stresses preparing for emergencies with this barbaric act goes against everything we collectively stand for.


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  1. You don’t have anything to apologize for. You’ve done nothing wrong. I am not surprised that they have thrown a bad spin on prepping on this terrible tragedy. Many of “the herd” are using this horrible incident to platform their agenda and we know that the powers that be don’t want people prepared or armed. While the nation is angry and hurting, the media will use that emotional state to fuel why guns are bad, preppers are crazy, etc – which does nothing but help those that would happily see us disarmed and unprepared.

  2. Lee Pearce says:

    My heart goes out to the families in Connecticut in the aftermath of this event. However, making such accusations regarding those that had nothing to do with what happened is in itself inexcusable. Don’t go blaming innocent people for the heartless actions of another. The American Preppers Network and their families should not be targeted.

  3. Channan Huff says:

    – Ana M. Marquez-Greene, – Dylan Hockley, – Dawn Hochsprung, – Madeleine F. Hsu, 
    – Catherine V. Hubbard, – Chase Kowalski, – Jesse Lewis, – James Mattioli , 
    – Grace McDonnell, – Anne Marie Murphy, – Emilie Parker, – Jack Pinto, – Noah Pozner, 
    – Caroline Previdi,- Jessica Rekos, – Avielle Richman, – Lauren Rousseau
    – Mary Sherlach, – Victoria Soto, – Benjamin Wheeler, – Allison N. Wyatt, 
    these are the name that matter not that evil one you posted he shall not be remembered with a name just evil. i will have no connection to that evil and i am proud to say i am a prepper. evil was not a prepper he acted as evil would. 

  4. If they are going to blame anyone but the shooter himself, then the blame should be put on violent video games. They keep the player in a constant state of high adrenaline, high stress, fear and agitation. But worse, we’ve raised a generation who think dying means pressing the reset button and the players all recover and are ready for another round. Plus I put much of the blood on the heads of the gun free zone groups who have left our schools and malls defenseless. Had the principal had a weapon when she confronted the shooter, she might still be alive and he dead before he could add to his carnage.

    • Randy Towery says:

      I feel that teachers should be encouraged to be concealed carry and a first line defense for or children. Texas allows this and even one school is doing it down there. Wish they would here.

  5. Dan says:

    Just felt this need to quote this:

    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
    (Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)
    God has a plan, we must stand together and pray and wait..It will only drive you mad trying to make sense of all that is happening around us now!

  6. Ben Dover says:

    I am a mini-prepper. Even though I don’t personally own any firearms due to my own beliefs. However, gun ownership is a right of any citizen that meets the standards set. Along with that right is an obligation for the proper use and security of the same. I spent 20 years in the military defending those rights and all others that we citizens enjoy today. When I was in school 40+ years ago we never even heard of a school shooting, but now it seems commonplace. We, as a country need to discover what has gone wrong with our society and then fix it, I believe we are running out of time to do so.
    Maybe “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is true, yet with the massive proliferation of weapons that we’ve all witnessed the past few years hasn’t helped any either. If there are more guns around then getting your hands on them is much easier. If you gotta own weapons, secure them and even think about multiple means of securing them!

  7. Chip Hoynes says:

    I’m proud that the mother was a Prepper and weapons owner. What I glean from the reports is she was a caring loving mother. I personally believe there were no flags, this was a compulsive manifestation of sorts on the part of the son, and had NOTHING to do with his mothers prudent ‘prepping’ and firearm/survival planning, nor his access to the Bushmaster. But mark my words, as Prepping parents we will be demonized further as ‘sociopath’ factories…

  8. How sad that you have to make a statement like this. Having heard much of the “narrative” about the Mother of the killer today, I’m not surprised they would jump to the conclusion she was a prepper. I know you, as well as many of us, are sick of being demonized by the talking heads.

    • Dave Moff says:

      It wasn’t quite 40+ years ago, but I know what you mean about the school environment of a generation ago. I lived in a rural area. Half of the kids carried pocketknives and nobody thought twice about it–on a farm, it’s an indispensable tool. One day, I took a gun to school–a Civil War-vintage muzzleloader belonging to my father which was used in a history class presentation. I walked home from school with it over my shoulder and no one batted an eye.

      And yes, now and then somebody’s temper flared up and there’d be some fisticuffs in the parking lot, which were generally put quickly to a stop and that was the end of it. There were no shootings, no “security drills”, no metal detectors at the doors or lockdowns. Of course, as should be obvious after the above, if there had been “zero tolerance” in those days, most of us never would have made it through high school or would have been jailed long before we had the chance to graduate.

  9. The sheep always have to point fingers and blame anything but the real problem. Both the Democrats and the Republican parties have themselves become infused with whackos pointing fingers at anything but the root of our ills.

  10. When you point a finger at anything, remember there is always three pointing back at whomever is actually pointing the single finger.

  11. Clive Morgan says:

    You should not have to make this statement and you have NOTHING to apologize for.

    • Dave Moff says:

      I would HOPE that at some point people will take note of the fact that the killer here stole his weapons from a Federally-licensed owner who he murdered. At age 20, he was not old enough to legally possess a handgun in most states (if indeed not at the Federal level), and his possession of a misnamed “assault rifle” was very possible unlawful as well (it certainly was when he killed and stole to acquire it). Trying to find a scapegoat will neither comfort the families of the victims nor prevent the next homicidal maniac from running amok. Nor, of course, will some of the “reasonable gun control” actions, like placing your firearms ownership rights at the whim of politicians and/or police.

  12. those in power will always point a finger in the direction of the easiest target, but always fail to point it in the real direction of failed policies or the real culprit, This travesty is just like all witch hunts, we must come together as a whole and stand firm of The constitution and the rights of everyone and not base judgement of the acts of a few.

  13. So she was a prepper? RIP.

  14. Ben Barbash says:

    I’m glad you made a statement, the blame certainly doesn’t belong with you guys but the NRA is taking alot of heat with their silence. Better to be preemptive and frame the topic yourselves.

  15. Thanks for releasing this statement, it’s important that the media and the non-preppers understand where we are coming from.

  16. Sean Fowler says:

    The damage is already done. Even if the press releases a retraction tomorrow the public will remember and associate this psycho with preppers.

  17. Earl Kees says:

    The media and BHO will take sights on any form of prepping. Prepping to them means less people that will by dependant on the gov WTSHTF and less people that can be easily controled

  18. I have been told that some people consider pepers as domestic terrorists and we are not and the liberal media is just going to make this worse now and use this tragedy as a way to manipulate people and push there political agenda

  19. James Bur says:

    What do you expect the liberal bias media to do? Tell the truth? No they like to blame honest law abiding people and glorify psychos!

  20. Beth says:

    I haven’t seen an major media making this connection, but regardless, I think this is a good opportunity for the Prepper Network to make a point about firearm safety and security (whether Nancy practiced it or not). You have shows like Doomsday Preppers where one guy blows his thumb off and other nearly deafens a friend during shooting, plus numerous episodes of guns lying all over the place… its a bad message to be spreading. Lets respond by SHOWING the responsible side of preppers and launch efforts (articles, videos, etc) to spread firearm safety, training, and proper arms storage.

    • Dave Moff says:

      Quite agree with you, Beth. Prepping is not building a bunker and filling it with guns, contrary to the popular view. Weapons are a very small part of it. Materials and study of methods to be self-reliant, to form communities with neighbors, to look after ourselves and our children when sick or injured if there is no one to do so–those are the core values of prepping. Half a century ago, every farmer worth his salt was a prepper, able to maintain and repair machinery, treat a sick animal, harvest and store food, and in general be self-reliant in ways we can no longer imagine. Back then, the knowledge was called “basic skills”–and I’d love to see them taught once again as many if not most are still likely to be useful.

      The idea that “prepping” means dressing in camouflage and having your picture taken with various ugly guns is absurd. If you live in a cold climate and keep a kerosene heater around in case of a power outage–you’re a prepper. If you keep your pantry stocked whenever there’s a deal on food with a decent shelf-life….you’re a prepper. And if you keep basic tools in your car and have acquired the knowledge to deal with the most likely mechanical failures that would otherwise leave you dependent on AAA or the like….that’s prepping, too.

      Some folks don’t like the idea of being forced to rely on an increasingly complex and unreliable infrastructure if one of the myriad problems of day to day life comes up. I happen to be one of them. And if my car is making funny noise or otherwise misbehaving, I don’t reach for a cell phone. I reach for a tool box.

      How anyone can find that threatening is quite beyond me.

      • Thank you Dave for that excellent post. This is the aspect of “prepping” that we don’t see emphasized enough. If firearms are part of someone’s prepping plan, thats all well and good. But how about as a community we instead start focusing more on these other aspects that Dave points out, that is what true preparedness is! And when we do include firearms as part of our plans, we also include discussions about gun safety, and the appropriate tool for the job. Basic home defense does not require ten semi-automatics with high capacity magazines. We want to encourage more people to adopt a prepared way of life, not draw ridicle for allowing ourselves to be shown as radical, extremist gun nuts.

  21. Mike says:

    Prepping or Guns are not to blame, society is. If people think gun control is the answer, they are part of the problem. In the past, any 16 year old could walk into a hardware store and buy a rifle. We didn’t have these horrible incidents then. What changed? We teach our kids there is no standard, no right or wrong. We took prayer out of schools. We took the Bible out of schools. We took God out of schools. We took discipline and the teaching of morals and right and wrong out of schools. We don’t let parents discipline their children without a fear of being accused of abuse. Instead, our children are taught by what they see in violent video games and violent television shows and movies, where mass murders are rewarded. We teach our kids that human lives have no meaning and that there is no sanctity of life by legalizing the murder of millions of babies. And then we make it easy for the monsters that society has created to perpetrate these acts by having gun free zones. As if a deranged killer is going to honor a gun free zone. Instead they are safe, they know they do what they want with no opposition. So what can we do? We can put morality back in the schools. We can put prayer back in the schools. We can put the Bible and God back in the schools. We can put discipline back in the schools. Granted, the current generation is lost because these things mean nothing to them. For those, we can allow concealed carry everywhere. This will prevent mass murders until the next generation can once again be taught right and wrong and the sanctity of life. In the meantime prepping is one of the most common sense things someone can do.

  22. Just because the lying media calls me a prepper doesn’t mean I have to accept the label. I prepare for difficult times and try to live simply and efficiently. I think I’ll just call myself ready.

  23. i’m just a person out here in the world..being a prepper or not has nothing to do with this horror…it has to do with people…guns don’t kill people,people kill people,,anyone who has a mental condition should not be allowed or even shown how to shoot a gun..i don’t care who it is,its wrong !!! my heart go’s out to all the people everywhere who lose someone to a horrible thing like this,,old prepper i am!!!

  24. Ok…I must admit, I watch the NGC show . It DID cross my mind…because of this….who else amasses assault rifles that are NOT in the military or law enforcement? Yes, there are some hunters going after big game, but most think of private militias, insurgents, drug lords, criminals, and gang bangers– a minority of the population. Now we have the fully armed Preppers.

    Most people just don’t understand these kind of semi automatics weapons in their homes…..a hand gun for protection makes some sense. I think you all have to think about folks are quick to think of preppers as having arsenals of high powered weapons bunkered down somewhere. The media never portrays you guys as peaceful.

  25. I wanna say one more thing…just noticed the guns n’ ammo in the image at the top of this page. don’t you think its all too easy for some folks to make erroneous assumptions, and connect preppers with violent actions?

  26. “We would never invade America. For every American has a gun…” -Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev

    They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here? — Paul Harvey, 1994

    It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government. – Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American Revolutionary, US Founding Father and Author

    When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President of the United States

    Thomas Paine:
    Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.

    He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
    Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God — Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin on Freedom: They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    George Washington:
    It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

    Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.

    The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.

    Thomas Jefferson:
    I predict future happiness for Americans IF THEY CAN PREVENT the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government

    Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, IN TIME, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

    Gun control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It’s quicker to pull your Smith and Wesson than to dial 911 if you’re being robbed. — Lieutenant Lowell Duckett, President Black Police Caucus, Special Assistant to Washington, D.C. Police Chief

    Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate.
    Ted Nugent

    This battle for ‘common-sense’ gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses. So, expect more meaningless, if not harmful, ‘gun control’ legislation. Good news – if you’re a crook. –Larry Elder

    Gun control means control. It means control for the government and the government starts controlling the people. –Luke Scott

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