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Self-Defense Against a Violent Flash Mob
Human Events ^ | 08/30/2011 | Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D

Posted on 08/31/2011 3:27:45 PM PDT by neverdem

Wyatt Earp disbursed many a lynch mob with his resolute demeanor standing behind his Colt .45 six shooters or a shotgun. Was his threat overkill? I don’t think so! It worked and usually, not a shot was fired. Check that thought. What about a “flash mob?"

Kevin Costner as Wyatt Earp

Are they less or more deadly than what Earp encountered? And do you have the reputation of a Marshall Wyatt Earp?

Does the pictured 12 gauge 15-round Kel-Tec Scatter Gun send out the wrong idea? I don’t think so. One might want a scatter gun if confronted by a violent mob. However, one is unlikely to be prepared as such. I am trying to convey the seriousness of the situation. Do you have a problem shooting twenty or more violent hoodlums intent on beating you down to the ground?

Kel-Tec KSG 15 shot 12-gauge

A “flash mob” is defined as a group of people who assemble rapidly in a public place, perform an odd and apparently pointless act for a brief period, and then disperse. Flash mobs typically are organized via social media, viral emails and cell phone texts. Until recently, flash mobs were organized for purposes of diversion, street theater, and artistic expression. However, recently, the phenomenon has taken a violent turn.

In recent flash mob attacks both in Europe and in the United States, large, loosely organized wolf packs of teenagers bent on committing violent mayhem have struck in public places, and have seriously injured innocent people caught by surprise in the crowd.

Those injured were in a place they had a right to be, and they were not in places where they would have expected to be targeted for victimization, such as in high crime locations. What can you as a law abiding citizen do to protect yourself and your loved ones from this blight?

Let’s not confuse cause with effect!

It does not matter why violent hooligans choose to get swept up in a viral tidal wave of violent behavior. What matters to those innocently caught up in it is how to get out of it alive with intact limbs.


Let’s define our terms. “Flash mob” is a politically correct term for riot. The objective of the rioters is to hurt people. Whether the rioters are drunk, mean, evil, politically motivated, disenfranchised, or whatever, is irrelevant. They are violent criminal actors, or VCA’s. If you are unlucky enough to be caught in their path, they are threatening your life and limb. It is like being a Jew caught in the path of Nazi Storm Troopers in pre-World War II Germany. So, let’s get our meaning straight. There is nothing cute or politically correct about a violent flash mob. So, be aware.

Be A.W.A.R.E.

Being A.W.A.R.E. entails being Alert, being Willing, having a good Attitude, being Ready, and being Even tempered.


You need to watch your 360 so you can see trouble coming in advance. Often you can see early warning signs. Since action is faster than reaction, if you see trouble coming, you can stack the deck in your favor. That ideally will mean beating feet out of there. However, this may not be possible. Flash mobs descend like a tornado and you can be caught unaware, or be trapped in a situation where you cannot safely retreat. So, are you willing?

Willing If you want to survive, you must be willing to do whatever you have to do to survive a lethal force confrontation if you have no other choice.

That’s why we carry a firearm—for the gravest of extremes. Being confronted by a flash mob of violent hoodlums intent on beating you and your companions down is a grave situation. It can easily cause your death or cause you grievous bodily harm. The reality is not what is depicted in a cartoon, a slap stick comedy, or in a TV western. It is a reality horror show. The best that can happen is you get to survive with grievous injuries. You will be fighting for your life, and there will be no time to hesitate.

If you are cornered and faced with such a disparity of force, due to the number of assailants intent on doing you and your companions physical harm, and if you are in fear for your life, all of the conditions that justify the use of deadly force will have been met.

In order to survive, you need to be willing to use deadly force if you find yourself in this type of grave situation. If you truly and reasonably believe that your life, or the lives of persons under the mantle of your protection, are in imminent danger as a result of your being confronted by persons presenting an immediate and unavoidable threat of death or grave bodily harm, you are justified in employing deadly force. Do you have the necessary mindset and attitude?


Be thoughtful, willing to learn, humble, and reasonably friendly, although certainly not overly friendly. Don’t “cop an attitude” before you know the facts. However, once you know the score, your attitude needs to be congruent with the threat level with which you are confronted. Remember that lawful concealed carry is for the “good guys and gals.” It is for those who are pro-social, not anti-social. If you are not antisocial, and you have not instigated the situation, you have the right to use whatever force is necessary to repel unavoidable unlawful force directed at you--such as being attacked by a “flash mob” of VCA’s. Are you ready?


A gun will do you no good if you are not ready. Being in a state of readiness entails being alert and aware so you can observe what is going on around you. You have to be observant to notice anything out of the ordinary. Once you observe something is out of kilter, then you will orient to it in order to rapidly analyze the situation and decide what to do. Dithering means death. Once you decide, you must act.

If I am facing an oncoming mob and there is no way out, I am prepared to draw my gun and aim it at the nearest and greatest threat. If the sight of the gun doesn't stop the attackers, I am not shooting into the ground. We do not fire warning shots. I am prepared to make my first two warning shots hit center mass of the nearest lethal threat. If a third is required, it might have to be a head shot. This is called “failure to stop”. A “warning shot at the ground is totally unsafe. It could ricochet and hit someone innocent. A “warning shot” in the air will land somewhere it shouldn’t.

Even tempered

You mustn’t be impulsive, angry, or rash. These qualities do not go together with carrying a gun. They do not go along with thinking clearly or rationally. Remember that we carry a gun for self defense, not to intimidate or punish. With that said, if backed into a corner with no avenue of escape from a clearly imminent threat of death or grave bodily harm, lethal force is justified. Survival in a dire violent flash mob situation equates with shooting the most threatening and closest person, and then shooting the next until the mob decides to look for an easier target. “Even tempered” means keeping your cool and not shooting to punish. As soon as the threats turn tail, the shooting must stop. Also, if you are confronted by greater numbers and you even the odds (by downing several threats), you cannot keep shooting! We only shoot to stop the immediate threats.

Avoid and flee if you can. However, if you cannot, and you find yourself backed into a corner, be prepared to attack anyone whom you can identify as the "leader" as fast and as hard as you can. Make him an example!


A “violent flash mob” is a riot. Violent flash mobs can kill. If you are caught in a violent flash mob, your life is in imminent danger. If you must employ deadly force to repel deadly force, you cannot afford to hesitate. A wise tactician has recently stated: “Use the (attackers’) overconfidence in numbers and you being an easy target as a ‘surprise’. No ‘warnings’...don't let them see it coming. Go from being a wide eyed ‘victim’ to being on the attack. By the time they realize what is happening and even start to should already have several on the ground and on your way to a possible escape! If you happen to be in your vehicle when the attack comes...use reverse as much as you can...the rear of just about any vehicle can take a lot of punishment and still keep going. You don't want holes in your radiator or an airbag in your face.”

This is not taking the law into your own hands or vigilante justice. It is self defense and survival. Survival depends upon emergency first aid. If you are unlucky enough to be caught up in a violent flash mob, “emergency first aid” is doing whatever you must to neutralize the threats to your life and limb until you can escape and the professionals arrive.

Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., psychologist and NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, trains law abiding citizens in the defensive use of firearms. His company, Personal Defense Solutions, LLC, also runs the classes required to obtain the Florida, Virginia, and Utah non-resident multi-state CCW permits. To learn more visit, Personal Defense Solutions.

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1 posted on 08/31/2011 3:27:48 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Wyatt Earp disbursed many a lynch mob

I doubt it. He may have DISPERSED one or two drunken assemblies ...

2 posted on 08/31/2011 3:29:56 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: neverdem
Load the first 5 rounds with nonlethal ordinance and the last 10 with OO buckshot.

If the first 5 don't get their attention......the last 10 will.

3 posted on 08/31/2011 3:32:55 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: neverdem


4 posted on 08/31/2011 3:34:02 PM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: neverdem

“What can you as a law abiding citizen do to protect yourself and your loved ones from this blight?”

Shoot them.
Shoot them a lot.

Shoot them in the head.
Shoot them on the spot.

Shoot them in the groin.
Shoot them in their guts.

When they turn to run,
Shoot them in their butts.

(with apologies to Dr. Suess.

5 posted on 08/31/2011 3:34:06 PM PDT by Grunthor (Perry.)
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To: neverdem

Wasp spray, then a .45 loaded with snake shot.

6 posted on 08/31/2011 3:34:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach government employees how to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: IronJack

I used to live in Dodge City, KS. not an expert on Wyatt Earp but according to Western historian Louis L’Amore, the idea of a single gunman saving a town from outlaws because the citizens were all sheep is nonsense.

He said most of those people were veterans of the War Between The States and were not scared of anything.

I suspect most flash mobs on the other hand are composed of cowardly bullies who would probably not stand up at all to an armed citizen unless they had him caught unawares.

7 posted on 08/31/2011 3:35:48 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: neverdem

Good read. Thanks for the post. BTTT.

8 posted on 08/31/2011 3:36:13 PM PDT by PA Engineer (SP/XX12: Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: neverdem

Izmash IZ-109 Saiga-12 with 30-round Wraith Drum Magazines loaded with OO buck should do the job nicely.

9 posted on 08/31/2011 3:38:09 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: wolfcreek

Play for keeps. Think ahaed. Kil lthe first five then see who wants to be next. Brenneke slugs are highly effective.

But I don’t carry a shotgun. I do carry a Glock mod 20, though.

10 posted on 08/31/2011 3:38:47 PM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: neverdem

Remember to wear gloves when you load ammo into your weapons so as to not leave fingerprints.

11 posted on 08/31/2011 3:40:17 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: neverdem

Better yet, just avoid cities. Works for me.

12 posted on 08/31/2011 3:40:17 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: DarthVader

For cleaning up those nasty messes!

13 posted on 08/31/2011 3:40:36 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: neverdem
When the enemy organizes an army against you then you organize a stronger army against the enemy and go on the attack. That's how it works. That's how it's always worked. To do otherwise always fails.

14 posted on 08/31/2011 3:42:54 PM PDT by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: neverdem

You forgot to include “Lawyer Up.” Most of the flash mob incidents are taking place in liberal no-gun zones. If you defend yourself be prepared to be arrested, charged and prosecuted because you killed an underprivileged future Doctor, Scientist, Nobel Laureate who was just beating you to death out of boredom.

15 posted on 08/31/2011 3:44:31 PM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: neverdem
i think this'll work and they won't mistake your intentions...

of course, if they're especially dense... positionally as well as mentally... you may want to pick up one of these:

16 posted on 08/31/2011 3:46:01 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: neverdem
Self-Defense Against a Violent Flash Mob

17 posted on 08/31/2011 3:46:24 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: neverdem

Question for CC experts:

How does one conceal a 12-gauge shotgun?

Violin case?

18 posted on 08/31/2011 3:48:20 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: sten
Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas is on Free Republic in a post by sten... don't forget the fuel and the ammo and I will not forget your cookies and scotch.


19 posted on 08/31/2011 3:51:22 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: neverdem

If you don't have thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket/purse, there's Hi-Point firearms, where all the pistols are UNDER $200 with a full lifetime, transferable warranty.

20 posted on 08/31/2011 3:57:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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