On last night's episode of "Doomsday Preppers," one of the individuals profiled by the National Geographic Channel show was Jason Beacham, a 15-year-old resident of Plato, Missouri, who is preparing for another economic collapse and the outbreak of anarchy in America.
Beacham, according to the show, has been "prepping" since the 2008 financial crisis, when he was just 11 years old. The mass media coverage of layoffs, the rise of Occupy Wall Street and tales of unemployment and foreclosures seemed to have instilled a sense of dread in the young boy, and he began collecting materials to survive should the spiraling economy leads to widespread lawlessness.
On the show, while speaking with his mother, Beacham laid out his doomsday scenario: "There would be two main groups. There would be the police and the army and all that, and then you have the people – people who want what you have. And no matter hidden you are, they will come from. There's going to be looters, marauders, people just trying to overtake our home."
Beacham has taken numerous steps to protect himself, including collecting respirators and gas masks and forging his own weaponry. In one segment, he was shown using a sharpening wheel to fashion a device that looks frighteningly Medieval – a composite baseball bat with numerous nails protruding from the barrel.
At least while he was crafting this "maceball bat," Beacham wore safety glasses, ensuring that if something did go wrong, he wouldn't be blinded from a flying nail or broken piece of blade.
However, that practice did not carry over into his training with firearms. Beacham had a hefty collection of guns and demonstrated shooting a number of them for the cameras. While he wore hearing protection, his eyes went without coverage.
Whether you're prepping for disaster or simply working in the shop, always wear appropriate personal protective equipment to stay safe.
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