Wildings and other mob situations

Last night, Milwaukee experienced the second “wilding” incident in a little over a month. In both of these incidents, groups of young adults went on a rampage, destroying property and beating people seemingly at random. Witnesses report they believe the beatings were racially motivated due to all of the victims being white, the aggressors being black, and apparently there were racial slurs being spoken or yelled at the victims while they were being assaulted.

While these types of incidents are certainly not new, they do seem to be increasing in frequency. What can you do to prevent becoming a victim yourself?

First, be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the world around you rather than walking around with proverbial blinders on. If you begin seeing small groups of people gathering and looking aggressive, leave the area.

Avoid being trapped without a good escape route. Know where you are in relation to points of egress at all times. This is good to remember no matter where you go. If there’s only one exit from an area, what are the odds that the threat will be between you and it? Plan accordingly.

If something happens, leave immediately
. Don’t stick around trying to get good snapshots with your camera phone or updating your Facebook status. Get the hell out of there! Get you and your family as far away from the violence as possible. Then, when the shakes subside, post whatever you want on FB and Twitter.

If you are trying to get past or through a mob, go perpendicular to the traffic flow. You’ll move quicker and expend less energy going that route than trying to muscle your way through the pack moving in the opposite direction.

Above all, don’t be stupid. You are not Chuck Norris and this isn’t Hollywood. If you or your family are directly attacked, then by all means defend you and yours. But, the objective should be to deter the attack long enough to flee to safety, not try and show off the flashy moves you learned by watching Steven Seagal flicks. And for those who carry firearms (presumably in a legal manner), remember the applicable laws for the use of deadly force in self-defense.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

3 thoughts on “Wildings and other mob situations”

  1. …in other words, think like a rabbit. (be aware, know where the exits are, just run – you can talk later, etc….)
    yup; from what I have observed in our rabbits, that works; & it explains why there are still so many rabbits around, even though they are still as small & tasty as ever. 🙂

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