Situational Awareness, Thinking Before Doing, and Mob Attack

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by HKLovingIT, May 3, 2012.

  1. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    There's lots not to like or to get upset about in this article. I'm posting here because I think there are lessons to be learned from this.

    First takeaways, know the neighborhood you're in, what's around it, and if you're going to be there after dark, know what it's like when the sun goes down. Or unfortunately, just don't go.

    People think they have a "right" to go where they want, which is true, but they often wrongly think that thought extends to "I have a right to go where I want, and not have anything bad happen to me." Which unfortunately is not true. I wish the world was like that, but it's not.

    Lesson 2: Don't get out of the car.

    Lesson 3: 1 vs 100 is not winnable.

    Lesson 4: As pointed out in previous threads, people aren't scared of you, especially when they are in a large group.

    I don't know if these types of mob attacks are common (doubt it) or growing (possibly), or it's just the "Evening News" effect, where OMG, I saw this on the news it must be happening everywhere! I do see a fair amount of news stories of flash mob store robberies, flash mob beatings in downtown Philly, etc. Dunno. Someone in LEO with more inside scoop could comment.

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  3. jeffyjeff

    jeffyjeff awesome sauce

    lesson 5: the editor feels this attack wasn't newsworthy.

  4. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil


    Yes. The two victims are in fact reporters for the paper itself. The paper sat on it for two weeks and then published the story not as a news story but in the opinion section. Disgraceful.
  5. Good post but I disagree with Lesson 3 (although not with Lesson 2)

    If you don't get out of the car, you can certainly get out of the situation regardless of the number of people trying to stop you. If I had a choice of having a gun or being in a car, I take the car every time. The car is just too powerful and is very difficult to stop.

    Kinda reminds me of a story about my wife almost 10 years ago. She was getting off of the highway and there is a couple hundred feet of not a great strip that is about 3 miles from my home (I live in an urban area). She was with her mother and had two very young children with her. She heard a loud pop and the wheel started to shutter. She knew that the front tire had the back and forth with her mother :

    Mother :You had better pull over and check that tire"
    Wife :Nope, I'll slow down to 10mph but I'm sure as hell not stopping
    Mother : You have to stop
    Wife: No I don't
    Mother: You will ruin the rim on the car
    Wife: I might but that's replaceable, we are not.

    If my window is broken by a bystander, I am going to pull away even if there is only one person that I can see. If there are multiple people, stay in the car and get out of dodge!
  6. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Well I was referring to the male victim who got out of the car to confront the mob/rock thrower and put himself in a 1 vs 100 hands on situation. :wow:
  7. He was a journalist - he thought he was immune.

    'Hey, I'm a liberal journalist, theses guys won't hurt me.'
  8. If you google “mob attacks” “criminal flash mobs” and the like, you’ll find it is not all that uncommon. I did the research some time ago and was a bit surprised none were published for Florida in the past couple of years. A big one happened not long ago at a fair, I think it was one of the “M” states, but I don’t recall exactly.

    I read that story before; I couldn’t fathom what the person that got out of the car was thinking. What was the objective? What did he plan to accomplish? Why would anyone get out a vehicle if they know someone is trying to inflict harm? Drive through the mob is you must, getting away from there and to safety would have to be the first and main objective.

    I just did the search again and found this: and FL seems to have joined the other states:, there are several other stories as well now. :sigh:


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  10. Yes, definitely not expected on that one. Never in a million years would have thought something like that would have happened at that fair. But it did, and the response was slow. Decent part of town too.
  11. jeffyjeff

    jeffyjeff awesome sauce

    #10 jeffyjeff, May 4, 2012
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  12. People in a group will act out far more than a single individual even to the extent not characteristic of their individual nature.
  13. Bruce M

    I'd try to avoid bad neighborhoods and I would especially try to avoid groups in or near bad neighborhoods, and probably about anywhere.
  14. As these people were reporters chances are they were educated in some left ist leaning university which left them with the idea that their attackers, being just downtrodden abused people, could simply be reasoned with.

    What's the saying about "a liberal is a conservative that hasn't been victimized yet"? I'll bet these two re-think their world view now.

    All the Best,
    D. white
    #13 dwhite53, May 5, 2012
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  15. +1...
  16. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Two liberals got attacked. Maybe they'll be less liberal in the future, but I'm betting the attack wouldn't have happened but for their views.

    They would never think something racist, like going to the Attucks theater and driving through low income, predominantly minority neighborhoods is dangerous.

    They would never "profile" members of a minority group and assume they might be attacked because of their race.

    They would never be prepared to defend themselves in such an attack.

    It's fine to be angry at the press, attackers, etc., but I have very little sympathy for people who get themselves into trouble by ignoring the obvious.
    #15 Bren, May 5, 2012
    Last edited: May 5, 2012
  17. Oops, not an M state but a W state. My memory has gone upside down!

    We discussed that one at home when it happened to review the possible ways to get out of that mess. None of it was pretty, to say the least.

  18. I’ve read/heard something similar before but it’s difficult to accept that kind of reasoning. Every animal in the world, including humans, has survival instincts ingrained in them. How is it possible to condition that out of a person?

    I understand people fighting their ingrained instinct to get a job done but they do it when they are prepared and trained for that job and usually when they have the back-up of others on site to achieve their goals. Two individuals against a mob? I can think of nothing but plowing through them to safety.

  19. It isn't possible. But it is possible for people to have vastly different perceptions of just what constitutes danger. The perception of danger is one of the key triggers for the "fight or flight" survival instinct. So when a person's perspective (which is very easily conditioned) does not register "danger", their "survival instinct" is irrelevant.
  20. That is just what a 'Liberal' education does "From each according to ability to each according to need."
  21. In theory that makes sense. I just don’t know how anyone would not see danger from a 100 person mob when one throws a rock at you.
    I really dislike that quote.


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