Why Self-Defense is an Important Preparedness Skill: Good Samaritan Viciously Attacked by Gang in Broad Daylight

Mob Attack outside Gas Station

When it comes to preparedness, I’m a big proponent of studying and intensely training in the art of self-defense. In fact, I believe it’s such an important part of the preparedness puzzle that I devoted an entire section of my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World, to the topic of self-defense and criminal behavior.

It can happen anywhere…

People often let their guard down when traveling in familiar areas; many live with an “it can never happen here” attitude.

This morning, I watched a video of a man being savagely beaten by a mob of gang members outside a gas station; the video highlights how quickly things can go bad. The man, Orrden Williams Jr., was trying to be a Good Samaritan by walking an elderly lady to her vehicle after she was frightened by a group of gang members who were yelling and throwing up gang signs in the area.

As soon as Williams stepped foot outside the gas station, the teens charged the man and began violently attacking him in broad daylight. Orrden Williams Jr. recounted his experience last night on the Hannity Show on Fox News.

What you can do to protect yourself.

I often tell people that you can’t count on 911 to keep you safe; you must be able, and ready to defend yourself from the very real dangers present in today’s society. That being said, in this case the smartest action may have been to just call the police before attempting to exit the building.

While I’m all for being a Good Samaritan and helping people out, when you have a large group of thugs displaying aggressive behavior you need to think about the bigger picture. Part of situational awareness is having a sense of what may happen; in this case, walking into the Lion’s Den probably wasn’t the best course of action.

Self-Defense Tips for Dealing with Large Mobs

  • Arm yourself: If ever you needed a reason to justify carrying a gun, this is definitely one of them. In my opinion, violence in this country is reaching epidemic proportions, and everyone needs to be prepared to protect themselves and their families.
  • Study the art of Self Defense: Being prepared means knowing the ins and outs of self defense; that means going beyond just “carrying a gun.” Any idiot can carry a gun; but knowing how to use it properly in a self-defense situation – or knowing what to do should it fail – is something that takes practice and commitment.
  • Situational Awareness: Being able to protect yourself begins with having a good sense of what’s going on around you. In this case that should have started before even pulling into this gas station. With this many thuggish individuals loitering in the area, this gas station was a ticking time bomb. 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.
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8 Comments

  1. This kind of violence is increasing and can happen in a flash! It just happened to me at the edgewater casino in Laughlin Nevada this week. No metro police will show up on private property! Stay away from crowds! Especially those on drugs or drinking!!!

  2. This gentleman is a true hero. I wish there were thousands more like him in every city. I hope the city he resides in rewards him in some way, and his family appreciates what a brave and thoughtful man he is.

    • Wow: You are so correct in saying we wish there were many more like him. It took a serious set of morals to do what he did. He did nothing less than offer his life for hers, and that is very very commendable. I hope he is healing well. May Christ bless him all the days of his life. thanks

  3. He’s a “better” man than me. If a group jumps me then there is going to be a serious situation and some people will end up with more holes than they started with. I don’t carry concealed because I enjoy the extra weight on my belt.

    • The weight of the pistol doesn’t change just because its concealed. I carry concealed because there are those that will instigate a problem if they see you openly carrying,including the police.

  4. I don’t think I would have shown the same restraint he did with the weapon, after seeing the large crowd, the second it got violent with the shove, I would have drawn.

    next, you can ALWAYS use KEYS as a weapon, hold them between your fingers and go for soft tissue targets, like the neck, groin, or eyes.

    if it was me several kids would have gone to the hospital dead or severely maimed.

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