Is “Zombie Apocalypse” Used to Desensitize Us?

The CDC’s “Zombie Apocalypse Tour” apparently wasn’t just a humorous and catchy way to encourage people to stay prepared for the worst case scenario. It’s now spread to law enforcement agencies around the country. Just in time for Halloween, there will be a conference in San Diego from October 29through November 2hosted by a security firm called the Halo Corporation. In addition to having expert speakers such as former CIA director Michael Hayden, this conference, called the Halo Counter-terrorism Summit, will feature “hyper-realistic” combat scenarios involving zombies. reports:

“Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel will observe the Hollywood-style production of a zombie attack as part of their emergency response training. In the scenario, a VIP and his personal detail are trapped in a village, surrounded by zombies when a bomb explodes. The VIP is wounded and his team must move through the town while dodging bullets and shooting back at the invading zombies. At one point, some members of the team are bit by zombies and must be taken to a field medical facility for decontamination and treatment. ‘No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly no one knows what a terrorist will do,’ Barker said. ‘If a law enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, “Freeze, get your hands in the air!” What’s the zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.’”

 The summit will take place on an island off the coast of San Diego, and the island will be used as training grounds. Halo has teamed up with Strategic Operations as well as a film production company to put on a “hyper-realistic” and interactive show for all the attendees for training purposes. These scenarios will be complete with explosions, bullets, role players, battle wounds, etc. Their purpose is to acclimate law enforcement to all the blood and gore of a zombie apocalypse so that they would be ready for the real thing.

The Department of Homeland Security and the CDC rationalize that if people can survive a zombie apocalypse, they can survive natural disasters, terrorist attacks and disease outbreaks. But all the TV shows and movies with zombie apocalypse themes as well as all the government training and preparing for an apocalypse seems to be more than preparing “just in case.” It’s way overboard. It comes across more as desensitization. They’re not asking us to be prepared for a real zombie apocalypse. They’re wanting us to be prepared to see blood in the streets and people being blown to bits and not think much about it.

The government’s been buying up all the ammo for the past few years and trying desperately to take away Americans’ guns. They’re gearing up for something, and whenever it comes, we’ll be desensitized and defenseless.