Coming to a Location Near You: Civil Unrest
The Survival Mom
It's not my
imagination. Angry groups of people are gathering together more
and more often, protesting perceived injustice, failure of leadership,
the financial malpractice by our government and banks, and just
about any unpopular
decision made by a governing body. Sometimes these groups go
so far as to cast their anger,
and blame, on those far from the source of their original complaint.
They may even show up at the private
homes of individuals they have targeted for one reason or another.
Riots and mobs
have long been a part of life in second and third world countries,
and as America's fortunes continue to spiral downward, it's highly
likely that, at some point in the future, you will be confronted
with surviving an encounter with a mob.
a small group of self-identified, "anarchists" attacked a Starbucks
in New York City.
of Anarchists Attack Starbucks"
article, a few facts jumped out at me.
- Only 25
people were involved in the group.
- Those inside
Starbucks must have been terrified with no place to go and probably
no forms of self-defense.
- The anarchists
advertised their event.
- Some were
wearing masks, increasing their anonymity.
- They were
willing to attack private property and law enforcement alike.
problem with people
unpredictable and as a general rule, the larger the group, the lower
the overall IQ. How else can you explain the crazy college students
who go out and burn police cars to celebrate winning a championship
game? Think about it. These young people had to present their high
school transcripts and take at least one admissions test in order
to be accepted. Then, they set cars on fire because their team won
or lost a game. A large group of people with a lower collective
IQ and fueled by alcohol is an even deadlier combination.
when it comes to protests and demonstrations is that it increases
the cloak of anonymity that people believe they have. They feel
free to do what they have always wanted to do but felt constrained
by the fear of being identified. Look at this photo of a protest
that took place in Iran and you'll see what I mean. How likely will
anyone remember the dark-haired guy in the white shirt a third of
the way from the front?
Many of these
groups are made up of cowardly bullies who would never
confront a police officer on his/her own or break windows or strip
innocent bystanders, but when they are part of a larger group,
they're emboldened to do things that they would never do alone.
A final issue
with mobs of people is that they adjust their behavior to that of
those around them. You can see this occasionally in photos and videos
when one protester will glance at others around him and raise his
voice, increase his level of anger, raise his fist, etc. The mob,
not the individual, is in control.
does law enforcement come in?
I spoke with
a few individuals in various law enforcement departments, and here
is the gist of their advice: You're pretty much on your own if you
are ever caught in a riot or other violent demonstration.
Police and other law enforcement departments have multiple plans
for dealing with angry mobs. What they don't have are plans for
rescuing you if
you are caught in the middle. You absolutely must have a plan for
staying safe. Not
for taking on a hundred people single handed, just staying safe
and getting away.
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