Knock, knock ...(Neighbor door opens)
(Safety minded citizen speaks): “Sir, we are forming a rapid response team for alien invasion and fed/gov firearms confiscation raids...”
(Response from frightened neighbor): “What are you? Some kind of nut?” (He whips out his cell and dials 9-1-1): “I’d like to report a disturbed neighbor. I think he may have a GUN...”
(11 minutes later several police cars show up; officers emerge with weapons drawn...): “Place your hands behind your head. Lace your fingers and kneel...”
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(After action assessment): I pictured this turning out differently.
[I ordered the book to see how they suggest initial contacts should be made and followups.]
The book is all over the topic of your concerns. It suggests staying far away (at this stage) from the slightest hint that you are forming any kind of neighborhood militia or vigilante team.
Rather, it suggests a very low-key approach, suggesting that your neighbors might look into various options for what it calls a “neighhood protection plan.” The time for this is after your area has suffered a spate of burglaries or other crimes. Baby steps, at first. Find out who is “on board” with a NPP.
Thank those who are not interested, and move on. They are not mentally ready to digest even the baby steps, so ignore them for the time being. If and when the SHTF, most of them will suddenly realize that the NPP was a great idea all along. At that point, these timid types will be joining the already existing NPP as junior members. The very most timid or passivist might not go along with the NPP at all, ever, so you will just have to work around them.
I'm blessed that my neighbors are all for neighborhood protection, from the local free-lance socialists, to those that might want to confiscate firearms. Most of us have known each other for 30+ years.