In September last year I wrote about 'The Changing Urban Self-Defense Environment'. Amongst other things, I warned of the growth of the phenomenon of 'flash mobs', frequently with criminal tendencies.
Just such a mob appears to have caused a fair amount of chaos near Houston, TX earlier this month. Fox reports:
Authorities say one person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting during a packed beach party on the Texas Gulf Coast.
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... word of mouth about an unauthorized beach party spread on social media, drawing thousands to Surfside Beach, about 40 miles south of Galveston. Surfside Beach officials told The Facts that the party was not permitted nor authorized.
The Facts quoted a witness as saying the party began peacefully, but fights broke out and there was heavy drinking and also drug use.
There's more at the link.
It seems there was a great deal of criminal activity going on, which was not mentioned by the news media. A correspondent wrote to James Wesley Rawles at SurvivalBlog:
The crowd turned sour towards the locals who did not want them parking or defecating in their yards.
Several residents had to stand on their front porches with weapons displayed to keep groups of hundreds from passing through their property. Several rental beach houses were broken into and one contact said the volume of human feces and trash was unbelievable. The roads were impassable for hours, trapping the residents who may have wanted to evacuate.
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One LEO had made two arrest at the beach, but threatening crowds intimidated the officer, who un-cuffed the suspect and released them back to the throngs.
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Bottom line: never underestimate the rate a mob situation may develop, maintain a vigil, keep informed and have a way out and especially have a trigger point when to evacuate or seek cover.
Again, more at the link.
I don't think there's any way one could possibly stand up against a 20,000-strong 'flash mob' if it turned violent - not even against a hundred! We've got to be realistic. Sure, you might shoot half a dozen of them if things turn ugly, and thereby protect your family and preserve your property - but then you'd probably find yourself in a similar situation to the unfortunate George Zimmerman, convicted in the court of public opinion before any formal legal process has been completed. You'll almost certainly face murder charges, whether or not the circumstances warranted them, because the authorities will be under enormous pressure to be seen to be doing something in order to placate public opinion. In the face of that sort of pressure, your individual rights are likely to be thrown out the window.
If you learn of something like that going down in your neighborhood, it's no good farting against thunder, as we used to say in Africa. I suggest that if possible, you should put your emergency evacuation plan into operation before the 'flash mob' arrives. If you haven't yet prepared and rehearsed such a plan, it's time you did! Read the three links provided, and start working out where you'll go to get out of the way until such time as the 'flash mob' has dispersed. Take your 'bug out' kit with you, of course. If your home is trashed, yes, you'll be subject to enormous inconvenience and expense . . . but that's what insurance is for. If you try to stand up to the mob on your own, you'll probably be even worse off.
Of course, you may not receive sufficient warning of such an event to implement your evacuation plan. In that case, I can only suggest working with your neighbors (with whom you've hopefully already established cordial relationships) to secure your area as best you can. I don't suggest doing so alone - you'll represent a challenge to the more macho among the flash-mobbers, and be a very tempting target to those with criminal tendencies. There's greater strength in numbers. Also, talk to local law enforcement. If they can't or won't protect you, you'll have to decide for yourself whether to stay put, or go to another location such as a police or fire station where you might be safer.
For myself, I'll almost certainly apply an old military maxim:
I can always buy new possessions and clean up my property, but I've only got one family, and each of us has only one life. No 'flash mob' is worth risking either!