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Doomsday Preppers Week 5: Hot Sauce and Helicopters

After ripping on prepper father Tom Perez for using his children to defend his $2 million compound in Texas, I feel obligated to talk about Tom Kay's daughter, who is also armed.

Training makes all the difference.

Alexis Kay is a second-degree, Tae Kwon Do black belt who makes throwing knives look freakishly effortless. She also wanted to learn to shoot an AR-15, and her father spent a considerable amount on not just her rifle, but in hiring a professional instructor. There is a world of difference between Perez all but sacrificing his children as untrained foot soldiers to guard his property and Alexis Kay deciding of her own volition that she wanted to learn to defend herself and her family.

If all else fails, and the Kay family can't survive a catastrophic earthquake, Bob has an ace up his sleeve in the form of a helicopter he purchased, along with the services of an on-call pilot. Completely practical. Why didn't I think of that?

There has been a trend this season towards Doomsday Prepper Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and Bob Kay fits the mold. The unnamed vitamin supplements he created have made him filthy rich, and in this episode, he spends nearly $40,000+ just in long-term food supplies for his family of four. He seems like a genuinely nice man, and I applaud the preparations he had built to fit his lifestyle, budget, and (rationally) feared disaster. I wonder, however, what purpose the continued focus on wealthy preppers like some of those we've seen this season is supposed to serve.