SHTF, Lock Picking Sets, Gas Siphoning Pumps and ETHICS

Remember my post on No Bull’s Guide to Looting? You don’t!? Well go read it, because I’m about to build off it on this post, build off it and give away one of … THESE!

What is it? Why it’s a gas and oil siphon pump – duh!

Sexy, huh? It also doubles as an air pump in case you need to blow up post-apocalyptic beach balls for toxic seawater fun. You can win one – today! Well, one week from today to be more precise. This is the deal, we have a new advertiser – H&J Survival Company’s Urban Survival Gear Store. They want to give a gas siphon pump away. You want to win it, don’t you? (nod yes) Did you click on their store link? I did. Watch, I’ll do it again – click!

There – just got back from their store.

What’d you think of their Essential Lock Picker Set? Sketchy? Should a preparedness based company even be selling these products? Is it … ethical? These are the questions you can answer in the comments section, and by doing so, enter to win the gas siphon pump (random commenter selected one week from today – only one comment per person).

But let’s consider ethics for a moment before you zip down to the comments section hoping to win big. What IS ethics? states:

  1. a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.
  2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
  3. moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
  4. that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.


I like – “ethics is what you do when no one else is looking.” Meaning, to me, it’s your inner value system. Number 4 in the above has value for purposes of this post, however – specifically, the motives and ends of such actions. If you’re using a gas siphon pump to move gas from YOUR car to YOUR lawn mower, there is no ethical debate to be had. If a fast spreading plague is hitting the city and you use a gas siphon pump to steal gas from a stranger in order to get out of dodge in your Dodge, there’s an ethical debate to be had.

If you use a lock picking set get into YOUR shed because you lost the key to the lock, there’s no ethical issue to be discussed. If you use a lock picking set in a SHTF situation to get into someone else’s shed without their knowing, there’s an ethical issue to be discussed.

But what of Urban Survival Gear Store marketing these products? Are most people buying a gas siphon pump for preparedness purposes buying it so they can transfer gas from their car to their mower are are they thinking it’d be helpful to move gas from someone else’s car to theirs? Are preppers that are interested in lock picking sets buying them just so they can get into their own house if they lost their keys?

Hmmm … what do you think? Comment below and have a chance to win the gas siphon pump, which I’m SURE you’ll use ONLY for ethical purposes ….

– Ranger Man