A few years ago I wrote about the changing urban self-defense environment. Earlier this year I warned about the growing danger from criminal 'flash mobs'. If you needed evidence that I was right, and that it's not worth the risk to life and limb to shop in big-city malls any more, this video provides it. It was taken by a bystander at the Poplar Plaza shopping mall in Memphis, TN.
Yes, that's feral youth on the prowl, looking for victims - a criminal 'flash mob' at work. WREG reports:
Three people, two of them teens, are recovering at home after being brutally attacked by a mob of teenagers in a busy shopping plaza at Poplar and Highland.
The vicious parking lot brawl was caught on cell phone video.
The disturbing video shows a high school kid lying still on the ground while others repeatedly kicked and stomped on his head. The teen attacked is an employee of Kroger.
“They followed hitting him with a pumpkin. He was already unconscious, so all you could see was blood and pumpkins,” said a witness who did not want to be identified. He is a friend of the victims.
The witness says the mob of young teens viciously ran through the Poplar Plaza parking lot assaulting complete strangers.
It was maybe about 100 to 125 kids. It was a lot of kids,” said the witness.
. . .
There were so many kids, the security guards couldn't control the violent crowd.
“They were playing a game called ‘point them out, knock them out.’ Where they would point someone out and attempt to knock them out or fight them. There was no real reason behind it.”
. . .
The teen watched the angry mob beat his friends until they couldn’t move. But he says what’s even more terrifying, more traumatizing is that this is second the weekend he's witnessed a mob of violent kids attack random people in the shopping plaza parking lot.
He's not sure it won`t happen again.
There's more at the link. It's been confirmed that this wasn't the first such incident at that mall.
Another report indicates that four teenagers have been arrested for involvement in this crime. One of them in particular caught my eye.
A 15-year-old is charged with aggravated riot, and acting in concert: to wit aggravated assault.
According to Mayor Wharton, the teen was out on gun related charges at the time of the attack.
Wharton said the teen was not enrolled in school and his mother was previously charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Again, more at the link.
Now, imagine you're going about your lawful business, shopping for (perhaps with) your family at a neighborhood supermarket . . . and this goes down in front of you. What are you going to do to protect your loved ones?
- If you don't have any way to defend yourself, you're going to find yourselves at the mercy of a bunch of hopped-up, excited, out-of-control teenage thugs. Good luck with that.
- If you're armed, and you draw your gun to deter the attackers, they may not be scared. They're acting like a gang of thugs, with all the 'mob mentality' consequences that entails. They may dare you to shoot them, and rush you when you don't.
- If you shoot one or two, you'd better hope that the others are deterred before they reach you. If one of them knocks the gun out of your hand or holds on to it until others arrive, they'll stomp you into the ground - not to mention what they may do to your family.
- Even if you succeed in stopping the attack, if you're white and the flash mob is predominantly black, you're going to be pilloried in the press and by the 'politically correct' establishment. They aren't interested in the fact that you legitimately exercised your right to self-defense. The racial tensions in this country are at such a pitch that your rights will - again I say, will - be ignored by those sections of the community.
You literally can't win in such a situation. Even if your actions are justified by events and circumstances, and the cops say there's no grounds to arrest you, and a grand jury no-true-bills you, you'll still have to deal with a large section of society who will be convinced that you acted out of racial animus. That's the way it is in these United States at present. You'll live the rest of your life hoping that you don't run into someone or some group who, based on that belief, will try to 'avenge' those you shot, or who might target your home, and pets, and even your family, for revenge attacks. You'll be demonized, just as George Zimmerman was and still is, even after he was acquitted. You want justice? Dream on.
I can already mentally envision some readers shaking their heads and saying, "But it's not like that in my town! Things are peaceful here!" Think about this:
- Thousands of illegal immigrant kids have just flooded over the border - many of them active members of criminal gangs. Have any of them arrived in or near your town? The Obama administration has refused to say where they were sent. Does it give you a warm fuzzy feeling to realize that hard-core members of gangs like MS-13 may now be living within striking distance of you, sent there by your own government?
- What's to stop feral youth traveling to where you are? They have cars too.
- Remember the situation after Hurricane Katrina, when crime spiked in many cities that took in refugees (here, for example, is Houston's experience). Want to bet that can't or won't happen again - perhaps near you? If so, you have greater faith in humanity and Mother Nature than I do.
I strongly recommend and endorse the advice given by John Farnam in March 2003:
The best way to handle any potentially injurious encounter is: Don’t be there. Arrange to be somewhere else. Don’t go to stupid places. Don’t associate with stupid people. Don’t do stupid things. This is the advice I give to all students of defensive firearms. Winning a gunfight, or any other potentially injurious encounter, is financially and emotionally burdensome. The aftermath will become your full-time job for weeks or months afterward, and you will quickly grow weary of writing checks to lawyer(s). It is, of course, better than being dead or suffering a permanently disfiguring or disabling injury, but the “penalty” for successfully fighting for your life is still formidable.
Crowds of any kind, particularly those with an agenda, such as political rallies, demonstrations, picket lines, etc are good examples of “stupid places.” Any crowd with a high collective energy level harbors potential catastrophe. To a lesser degree, bank buildings, hospital emergency rooms, airports, government buildings, and bars (particularly crowded ones) fall into the same category. All should be avoided. When they can’t be avoided, we should make it a practice to spend only the minimum time necessary there and then quickly get out.
“A superior gunman is best defined as one who uses his superior judgment in order to keep himself out of situations that would require the use of his superior skills.”
I submit that advice holds good whether you're armed or not. "Don't go to stupid places". In today's racially charged climate, with criminal flash mobs an ever-increasing problem in many cities, the average urban shopping mall now qualifies as a "stupid place" to be.