You head out in the minivan for a fun-filled day with the family at your local mall or the fair. The next thing you know all hell breaks loose and hundreds of individuals are attacking shop keepers, stealing, and violently attacking patrons.
The police, as is typically the case during such incidents, are nowhere to be found until it’s too late.
This is exactly what happened in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin State Fair when hundreds of individuals attacked patrons and passersby:
Witnesses’ accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.
Authorities have not given official estimates of the number of people involved in the attacks.
“It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people,” said Norb Roffers of Wind Lake in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ. He left the State Fair Entrance near the corner of South 84th Street and West Schlinger Avenue in West Allis.
“They were attacking everybody for no reason whatsoever.”
“It was 100% racial,” claimed Eric, an Iraq war veteran from St. Francis who says young people beat on his car.
“I had a black couple on my right side, and these black kids were running in between all the cars, and they were pounding on my doors and trying to open up doors on my car, and they didn’t do one thing to this black couple that was in this car next to us. They just kept walking right past their car. They were looking in everybody’s windshield as they were running by, seeing who was white and who was black. Guarantee it.”
Eric, a war veteran, said that the scene he saw Thursday outside State Fair compares to what he saw in combat.
“That rated right up there with it. When I saw the amount of kids coming down the road, all I kept thinking was, ‘There’s not enough cops to handle this.’ There’s no way. It would have taken the National Guard to control the number of kids that were coming off the road. They were knocking people off their motorcycles.”
Another witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “it was like a scene you needed the National Guard to control.”
Source: TMJ 4
Earlier this year Tess Pennington wrote Teenage Mobs: A Rising Epidemic, in which she discussed mob mentality and future trends. Within a week flash mobs became front page news as loosely tied large groups of individuals coordinating via text messages and social networks began robbing pharmacies, convenience stores, jewelry stores, and other businesses. As the success of these types of “mob” attacks becomes more apparent to teens, gangs, and would-be criminals, Pennington says that their frequency is likely to increase:
It is a fact that when people’s basic needs are not met, they will act out. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before these senseless acts of violence will not be limited to only misguided youth, but reach out to others who feel they need to take their own desperation into their hands. Due to the recent increase in unemployment, and an under stimulated economy there will be an increase in crime, and violent mob attacks are sure to increase, as well.
Source: Ready Nutrition
For the time being these attacks seem to be limited to teenagers, but it won’t be long before we see professional criminal organizations begin to use them to coordinate higher-end robberies or even vendettas against others. As was pointed out in the afforementioned article, researchers suggest that it takes only 5% of a group to influence the actions of the other 95%. When the call goes out, the mob will act without even knowing why – they just will.
This is exactly what happened in Wisconsin when they began vandalizing fair storefronts and robbing them, eventually turning their attention to patrons. In this case it is reported that the majority of the mob was black individuals, and the targets became white people.
This trend is going to expand across the country, and thus, we must start taking even more precautions when out in public, especially at large events.
If you see trouble brewing, our advice, just as we recommended in the event of riots, protests and civil unrest, is to get out and get home. But this may not always be possible, as you may end up stuck in the middle of it.
Because of the extreme violence displayed in Wisconsin and in past cases, we cautiously advise our readers to consider arming themselves (and learning lethal self defense techniques). While the laws in each state are different, if you feel your life or the lives of your loved ones are threatened you may be justified in using extreme force. Though most of these flash mobs are made up of teens, they are nonetheless dangerous and a threat to the lives and well being of others.
While some may argue that a mob cannot be stopped, consider that it may be made up of tens or hundreds of individuals, but not many of them know each other. And even if they do, we are hard pressed to believe that they have any loyalty to each other if bullets start flying. A warning shot may be enough. If not, there’s always the other sixteen rounds in the magazine.