Flash Mobs Turning Violent
I think we all agree that the best self-defense scenario is one where you don't have to use your firearm. We do the best we can to avoid dangerous situations, areas known for violence, ect. Enter the "flash mob". What started out as "a social experiment designed to poke fun at hipsters"....Flash mob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...has now turned into a self-defense nightmare. Imagine sitting outside at a nice restaurant in a relatively safe neighborhood when hundreds of youths suddenly show up and start acting unruly. They surround you and your date/spouse hurling insults or committing acts of violence towards you. Perhaps you are just walking down the sidewalk, or showing up for work. Suddenly you are surrounded and a target.
Police use pepper spray to break up Country Club Plaza crowds - KansasCity.com
Flash Mobs Take Violent Turn in Philadelphia - NYTimes.com
While some of us may up our SA on Friday and Saturday nights (being the "party nights") or in certain neighborhoods, I'm concerned that this latest trend will creep beyond this and we may find ourselves in one of these situations at any given time and place, especially during the Summer months. These mobs stretch police resources thin, cause confusion, and make it possible to commit acts of violence and crime with little chance of getting caught. Enter a CC permit holder or police officers forced to defend themselves with lethal force and now you are much closer to an all out riot.
Even though we take the time to avoid the bad neighborhoods, late night outings, bad situations, ect, it would seem that might not be enough. If the youth mob decides to target your neighborhood, you may be hip deep in it before you realize what's going on.
Take for instance, this weekend's incident at The Plaza in Kansas City. Honestly, this area has had its fair share of crime in the last 20 years or so, but it's still considered a reasonably safe area in the public eye. The police had been aware of the increasing youth crowds in the recent weeks, so they beefed up their presence in the area. Even with that, these mobs weren't deterred.
This trend, my Second Amendment friends, really disturbs me and really brings home that you have to rely on yourself for protection. Here's hoping none of us end up the test case for such a nightmare.