Events in Baltimore a few days ago highlight, yet again, the danger in many urban centers of so-called "flash mobs" and/or uncontrolled youth violence. It's happened on the "Magnificent Mile" in Chicago, repeatedly (note how the video clips linked in that article have been removed, presumably because they showed a racial reality that's not politically correct). It's happened at the county fairgrounds near Milwaukee, WI. It's happened in Louisville, KY. It's happened in Miami Beach, FL. Last week, it came to Baltimore.
I've written often in the past about this danger to your security, if you live in any of those cities, or anywhere where feral urban youth are present in large numbers (whether or not they're in or near to your neighborhood). Follow these links if you'd like to learn more.
- The changing urban self-defense environment
- How would you deal with a 20,000-strong 'flash mob'?
- A criminal 'flash mob' at work
- Flash mobs strike again
- Criminal 'flash mobs' - a growing peril to your safety
Increasingly, this sort of thing is a reality in modern US cities. If you live in or near that sort of urban environment, you need to take this into account in your emergency preparations and personal security precautions. To summarize John Farnam's famous advice:
- Don’t go to stupid places.
- Don’t associate with stupid people.
- Don’t do stupid things.
What's the solution to these crimes (because, let's face it, they are crimes, not just bored youth working off their frustrations)? I certainly don't think it's more money for education or job programs. These kids aren't learning because they don't want to learn. The majority of them come from single-parent homes, where they have few (if any) positive adult role models. One can't even say that strict discipline, up to and including corporal punishment, would work any more. Nowadays, that would be regarded as abuse. I have no easy answers for dealing with feral youth. Instead, I offer suggestions for your safety and security. That's about the best any of us can do under such circumstances.
(If corporal punishment is abuse then, believe you me, by modern standards both of my parents would have been locked up for child abuse, given the way they raised their children! On the other hand, their kids didn't turn into feral youths. Cause and effect, perhaps?)