Preparing for a Riot?

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    It seems like there are people here that are certain that there will be widespread chaos. It also seems like there are people here who seem to want to ignore the possibility of rioting and the frequency/severity of riots past.

    I will add these thoughts to the fray:

    1) Where does the Zimmerman/Martin thing sit on the rage-o-meter?

    I say not as high as LA riots, but much MUCH higher than the BART shooting. This thing has been mentioned on national TV, by the President, and even in Congress.

    2) How wide-spread would a riot be?

    I say unless you are in the ghetto, or ghetto adjacent you're in the clear.


    In conclusion -- I'm not going to change a thing, I live in Carroll County, Maryland. 2 acre lots means that a rioter would have to walk miles to damage the equivalent of a city block, and we are very well armed.

    If I lived in Sanford, my fear would be turning into Reginald Denny -- getting ganged up on because you walked into a bad area at the WRONG time. To prepare for that I'd be aware of my surroundings, listen to the news, and carry enough ammo to fight my way to safety.

    Riots aren't a zombie apocalypse, they are a bunch of idiots setting fire to whatever surrounds them.

    Sorry if my post is wordy, I just think people are missing the middle-ground option between "everyone is paranoid" and "holy crap, Florida is going to become an urban forest fire!"

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    Riots are a definate possibility. There is a riot every couple months in the Milwaukee metro area. At the WI state fair last year, I was only 20 min away from being in the middle of that riot. Whites were pulled out of their cars, beaten and whatnot just for being White. There wasn't any reason for the riot except to have a riot. CC wasn't in effect yet, and I think that when one occurs again it might be a different outcome for the rioters. It's sad how much Milwaukee has slid in the past 10 years. I'm glad I live far from the actual city, and it won't spill out this far.

    I'm considering getting an AR-15 pistol, as it would really handle some business if something went down and I was trapped in the city doing work. Our CC permit is limited to pistols since AR has a pistol varient I would think that counts.

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    Really not much you can do to survive if caught in the middle of a riot if a group wants to do you harm. Sure, you can take out some of them but by enraging them, the sheer numbers and riot frenzy will eventually overpower any single person. Your gun will probably be used against you.

    Even if defending from home won't work. They can set fire to a house. Only chance is to group up with gun owning neighbors.

    In the end, probably the best thing to do is relocate or work in a less volatile area or city.

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    I'm not overly concerned ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasgo View Post
    Really not much you can do to survive if caught in the middle of a riot if a group wants to do you harm. Sure, you can take out some of them but by enraging them, the sheer numbers and riot frenzy will eventually overpower any single person. Your gun will probably be used against you.

    Even if defending from home won't work. They can set fire to a house. Only chance is to group up with gun owning neighbors.

    In the end, probably the best thing to do is relocate or work in a less volatile area or city.
    apparently you missed the posts that said people involved in mobs or riots are usually weak minded followers and that shooting one or two of them will generally get the rest of them to scatter, then you need to be careful as the less smart try to attack again.
    the only thing they would be able to do with my gun if they got it from me is hit me with it because I would empty out during a struggle for control

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    The possibility of riots has led me to making smaller, concealable fuel tanks for a holstered flame thrower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadguy View Post
    The possibility of riots has led me to making smaller, concealable fuel tanks for a holstered flame thrower.
    Isn't that just a paint can and a bic lighter?

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    I'm not looking for any trouble...neither are my close neighbors.
    If trouble comes to our neighborhood, we are all going to turn into Korean shopkeepers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    I'm not overly concerned ........

    I am SUPER JEALOUS of the M1!!!! I have wanted one forever, but always seem to end up buying a handgun instead...
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    WOW!... It seems that a few folks are looking forward to some public disorder. Like a few others here I have found myself in the middle of what you'd think of as a riot.

    Riots happen all the time. Any and every group has rioted at one time or another. IME Riots can happen for any reason, not just percieved injustice.

    Riots can be huge, or they can be small... or anywhere in between.

    IMO a firearm isnt the answer. You may well run out of ammo before you run out of rioters. You would likely be overwhelmed and firearm taken from you and used against you or others. The idea that if you shoot a few people, the rest will scatter is not something I'd depend on. Also consider that the rioters may well have their own guns... And maybe gun's bigger and holding more rounds of ammo than yours.

    In this situation I dont see a big general riot condition. I do see smaller roving mobs of trouble makers using this subject... or any reason to act out. I am going to be on my pee's n q's during the trial, and on point as it winds down. I dont know there will be trouble, but it's certainly possible. I'd be specially wary around high, and middle schools. I do plan to take some precaution.

    1) Keep all cars filled with gas.
    2) Avoid school's
    3) Try to stay as close to home as possible.
    4) Pay close attention to the news.
    5) Check in with, and maintain closer contact than usual with family members.
    6) Have a plan for all of us to get home, and to get out of dodge if me must. (very unlikely)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret Spuk View Post
    WOW!... It seems that a few folks are looking forward to some public disorder.
    Yup, and that's pretty pathetic when you think about it.
    Especially when coupled with pics of firearms the imaginative think they will use to protect themselves instead of
    adhering to the few smart ideas Secret Spuk posted at the bottom of post 70.

    Per Secret S.
    1) Keep all cars filled with gas.
    2) Avoid school's
    3) Try to stay as close to home as possible.
    4) Pay close attention to the news.
    5) Check in with, and maintain closer contact than usual with family members.
    6) Have a plan for all of us to get home, and to get out of dodge if me must. (very unlikely)

    All, excellent suggestions.
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    As a general matter of course, I try my best to be prepared for whatever the winds of change may blow my way. No special preparations needed.
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    There was a street, which I had to drive down , where 'riots ' at the time were frequent, and crowds were stopping cars, pulling out people and beating them ... some to death. When I drove down the street..... I didn't really think about it, but I had all the windows down and was playing Thorogood's .... "BAD TO THE BONE" ..... at nearly full volume.

    People stared at me weird, but no-one bothered me ..... even though several others were getting stopped and thoroughly harrassed, cars beat on, etc. ....... then I realized what song I was playing...... LMAO.

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    I'm not going to contribute to the "it will/won't/maybe/shoulda/coulda/woulda" debate, but I will add that if you want to keep a finger on the pulse of your community, go out now and get a decent police/fire/EMS scanner and learn how to use it. It'll cost you a couple of bills for a good one, but when things go sideways, information is key. It's not about going to the incident, it's about knowing if an incident is coming to you. Just my .02...
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