A local prepper is now wondering whether it’s OK to start shooting people yet. Dave Bagwell, who has been preparing for a “doomsday scenario” for over 15 years, has been following the developments of the COVID-19 epidemic with great interest. He is hoping that he can start using the 20,000 rounds of ammunition he has stockpiled in his bunker “very soon.”
“I’ve got a few guns, mostly for personal protection,” Bagwell said, motioning to the 39 guns that he has also stored in the bunker, “but I haven’t had to use them so far.” While society is not yet on the brink of collapse, he contends that “it’s just a matter of time before the shit hits the fan.” A nuclear war would have been his preference, he explained, “but an epidemic is pretty sweet, too.”
Being able to shoot a person without consequences is one of Bagwell’s lifelong dreams. Ten years ago, he outfitted his suburban home with an array of cameras and security equipment in the hopes that he might get to shoot an intruder. He has also carried a concealed handgun for over 20 years, but hasn’t been able to use it. “A black guy got really angry at Red Robin one time, and I thought that it might be my chance,” he remembered, “but he left before things could get out of hand.”
Bagwell spends most afternoons practicing his marksmanship on several human-shaped targets in his backyard. In the evening, he pores over the latest news about the epidemic, looking for signs that he can starting shooting people.
“It’s gotten crazy around some grocery stores, but I don’t think that they’ll be the tipping point,” he believes. “Once the government starts clamping down on free movement, then there will be riots. I’ll definitely be able to start shooting then. I really hope so, anyway.”