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.