Over the weekend, hundreds of teens joined forces to harass, mug and beat peaceful residents of the disarmed city of Chicago.
Things got pretty bad and very quickly, with a lot of innocent shoppers and tourists caught in the middle of a very chaotic situation.
In May of 2011, Tess Pennington warned of the rising epidemic of teenage flash mobs and noted how the trend would soon become even more dangerous as criminal gangs realized the potential for overwhelming law enforcement and having their way with large groups of individuals who have no means of protecting themselves:
It is a fact that when people’s basic needs are not met, they will act out. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before these senseless acts of violence will not be limited to only misguided youth, but reach out to others who feel they need to take their own desperation into their hands. Due to the recent increase in unemployment, and under stimulated economy there will be an increase in crime, and violent mob attacks are surely to increase. That being said, what will the local and state police force do to deter these attacks? Will they create a police state and place a police officer on every street corner? Is that what this is coming to?
Why not put the power back into each individuals hands? While the teenage mobs are looting the stores, what were the witnesses doing? Did they call the police, did they try and stop them or were they one of the many onlookers? Instead of looking around and wondering what can be done, start taking personal responsibility for your city.
With advancements in mobile social media communication, mass mob attacks involving hundreds of people at once will spread, especially as those with criminal inclinations realize their potential.
Now, imagine a situation where you’re taking a leisurely stroll through the city with your family when you’re approached by dozens of mob-crazed individuals who have no qualms about robbing you or hurting those you love.
Police are powerless, because they show up after the fact, and even if they do get their as the situation is developing, there are way too many mobsters for law enforcement to get a handle on the situation before someone gets hurt.
So, how do you stop them?
Perhaps a pair of scissors as recommended by Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano?
Maybe try to talk them down and if that doesn’t work, just let them maim or kill us, as one Second Amendment opponent recently suggested?
Or, perhaps we can hug it out?
Realistically, there is only ONE solution, and it requires that you have on your person multiple high capacity magazines and a semi-automatic weapon capable of discharging a hail of bullets in rapid succession.
If there were ever a case for why high capacity magazines belong in the holster belt of every American, the events in Chicago over the last two days are it.
Only the individual citizen, in real-time, will have any chance of protecting themselves in an active mob scenario.
When the bodies start hitting the floor you better believe mob members will think twice about pursuing their new found strategy of attacking innocent people. Moreover, those who are likely being empowered by the success of such mobs to go out and do the same in their own cities will reconsider the risks versus reward.
Chicago is a gun-free zone. It is also the murder capital of the United States, with over 500 killed last year. With law abiding citizens having been disarmed, there is nothing to stop brazen attacks like what happened this weekend from continuing, and spreading.
Put the power back in the hands of Americans.
Let the people arm themselves – heavily.