A disturbing and brutal game, that became popular among teenage gang members in urban cities last year, is sweeping the streets again as teenage thugs target innocent victims across the country.
Last week in Upper Darby, Pa., four teens viciously attacked a 58-year-old homeless man and then posted the video to Facebook, a disturbing trend that has the so-called “knockout game” popping up again throughout the country.
The crime, which was originally connected to gang initiations, has spread outside of the gang world with people now seeking fame by posting videos of these vicious attacks on social media. With social media and other forms of video sharing, teens with no gang affiliation are now taking part in this disgusting trend.
The Knockout Game gained notoriety last year as teenage thugs began stalking innocent people on the streets and then viciously attacking them in an attempt to knock them out with a single blow. The game, which was responsible for numerous deaths last year, has taken on an even uglier aspect with many now taking to social media to brag about their crimes, and post videos of their vicious attacks.
After two “Knockout Game” attacks left a number of people in Baltimore, Maryland seriously injured this month, the city’s mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is calling for parents to become more involved in their kids’ lives.
She told reporters today that, “They don’t understand the consequences, if you knock someone out, you could think it’s a joke and you’ll hurt somebody — that person could die. And then your life is ruined for some stupidity that you and your friends think is fun. It’s just not worth it.”
Sadly – something politicians like the mayor of Baltimore fail to understand – is I believe these kids know exactly what they are doing; they just don’t care about the consequences. We are living in a time where a large portion of this country’s youths don’t value life or care about the consequences of their actions. In fact, they’re so proud of what they’re doing they’re now using the internet to tell everyone about it.
Protecting yourself from these types of attacks:
Consider carrying a firearm: In my opinion, these types of crimes highlight the very real need to carry a firearm. When you have a whole generation of people not only entertaining themselves by watching these videos online, but also taking part in the attacks so they can gain some sort of fame, we have a problem that’s not going to get better anytime soon.
Study the art of Self Defense: Being prepared means being able to defend yourself from an attack, and thanks to our wonderful society it also means knowing how to survive an attack that may come from a number of attackers at the same time.
Situational Awareness: Being able to protect yourself begins with having a good sense of what’s going on around you. That means putting down the phone and paying attention to your environment. As I suggested in a previous article, about protecting yourself during a flash mob situation, being keenly aware your environment is one of the most important safety precautions you can take in any situation.