Guns & Patriots

Self-Defense Against a Violent Flash Mob

Wyatt Earp disbursed many a lynch mob with his resolute demeanor standing behind his Colt .45 six shooters or a shotgun. Was his threat overkill? I don’t think so! It worked and usually, not a shot was fired. Check that thought. What about a “flash mob?”

Kevin Costner as Wyatt Earp

Are they less or more deadly than what Earp encountered? And do you have the reputation of a Marshall Wyatt Earp?

Does the pictured 12 gauge 15-round Kel-Tec Scatter Gun send out the wrong idea? I don’t think so. One might want a scatter gun if confronted by a violent mob. However, one is unlikely to be prepared as such. I am trying to convey the seriousness of the situation. Do you have a problem shooting twenty or more violent hoodlums intent on beating you down to the ground?

Kel-Tec KSG 15 shot 12 gauge

Kel-Tec KSG 15 shot 12-gauge 

A “flash mob” is defined as a group of people who assemble rapidly in a public place, perform an odd and apparently pointless act for a brief period, and then disperse. Flash mobs typically are organized via social media, viral emails and cell phone texts. Until recently, flash mobs were organized for purposes of diversion, street theater, and artistic expression. However, recently, the phenomenon has taken a violent turn.

 In recent flash mob attacks both in Europe and in the United States, large, loosely organized wolf packs of teenagers bent on committing violent mayhem have struck in public places, and have seriously injured innocent people caught by surprise in the crowd.

Those injured were in a place they had a right to be, and they were not in places where they would have expected to be targeted for victimization, such as in high crime locations. What can you as a law abiding citizen do to protect yourself and your loved ones from this blight?

Let’s not confuse cause with effect!

 It does not matter why violent hooligans choose to get swept up in a viral tidal wave of violent behavior. What matters to those innocently caught up in it is how to get out of it alive with intact limbs.


Let’s define our terms. “Flash mob” is a politically correct term for riot. The objective of the rioters is to hurt people. Whether the rioters are drunk, mean, evil, politically motivated, disenfranchised, or whatever, is irrelevant. They are violent criminal actors, or VCA’s. If you are unlucky enough to be caught in their path, they are threatening your life and limb. It is like being a Jew caught in the path of Nazi Storm Troopers in pre-World War II Germany. So, let’s get our meaning straight. There is nothing cute or politically correct about a violent flash mob. So, be aware. 

Be A.W.A.R.E.

Being A.W.A.R.E. entails being Alert, being Willing, having a good Attitude, being Ready, and being Even tempered.


You need to watch your 360 so you can see trouble coming in advance. Often you can see early warning signs. Since action is faster than reaction, if you see trouble coming, you can stack the deck in your favor. That ideally will mean beating feet out of there. However, this may not be possible. Flash mobs descend like a tornado and you can be caught unaware, or be trapped in a situation where you cannot safely retreat. So, are you willing?

If you want to survive, you must be willing to do whatever you have to do to survive a lethal force confrontation if you have no other choice.

That’s why we carry a firearm—for the gravest of extremes. Being confronted by a flash mob of violent hoodlums intent on beating you and your companions down is a grave situation. It can easily cause your death or cause you grievous bodily harm. The reality is not what is depicted in a cartoon, a slap stick comedy, or in a TV western. It is a reality horror show. The best that can happen is you get to survive with grievous injuries. You will be fighting for your life, and there will be no time to hesitate.

If you are cornered and faced with such a disparity of force, due to the number of assailants intent on doing you and your companions physical harm, and if you are in fear for your life, all of the conditions that justify the use of deadly force will have been met.

In order to survive, you need to be willing to use deadly force if you find yourself in this type of grave situation. If you truly and reasonably believe that your life, or the lives of persons under the mantle of your protection, are in imminent danger as a result of your being confronted by persons presenting an immediate and unavoidable threat of death or grave bodily harm, you are justified in employing deadly force. Do you have the necessary mindset and attitude?


Be thoughtful, willing to learn, humble, and reasonably friendly, although certainly not overly friendly. Don’t “cop an attitude” before you know the facts. However, once you know the score, your attitude needs to be congruent with the threat level with which you are confronted. Remember that lawful concealed carry is for the “good guys and gals.” It is for those who are pro-social, not anti-social. If you are not antisocial, and you have not instigated the situation, you have the right to use whatever force is necessary to repel unavoidable unlawful force directed at you–such as being attacked by a “flash mob” of VCA’s. Are you ready?


A gun will do you no good if you are not ready. Being in a state of readiness entails being alert and aware so you can observe what is going on around you. You have to be observant to notice anything out of the ordinary. Once you observe something is out of kilter, then you will orient to it in order to rapidly analyze the situation and decide what to do. Dithering means death. Once you decide, you must act.

If I am facing an oncoming mob and there is no way out, I am prepared to draw my gun and aim it at the nearest and greatest threat. If the sight of the gun doesn’t stop the attackers, I am not shooting into the ground. We do not fire warning shots. I am prepared to make my first two warning shots hit center mass of the nearest lethal threat. If a third is required, it might have to be a head shot.  This is called “failure to stop”. A “warning shot at the ground is totally unsafe. It could ricochet and hit someone innocent. A “warning shot” in the air will land somewhere it shouldn’t.

Even tempered

You mustn’t be impulsive, angry, or rash. These qualities do not go together with carrying a gun. They do not go along with thinking clearly or rationally. Remember that we carry a gun for self defense, not to intimidate or punish. With that said, if backed into a corner with no avenue of escape from a clearly imminent threat of death or grave bodily harm, lethal force is justified. Survival in a dire violent flash mob situation equates with shooting the most threatening and closest person, and then shooting the next until the mob decides to look for an easier target. “Even tempered” means keeping your cool and not shooting to punish. As soon as the threats turn tail, the shooting must stop. Also, if you are confronted by greater numbers and you even the odds (by downing several threats), you cannot keep shooting! We only shoot to stop the immediate threats. 

Avoid and flee if you can. However, if you cannot, and you find yourself backed into a corner, be prepared to attack anyone whom you can identify as the “leader” as fast and as hard as you can. Make him an example! 


A “violent flash mob” is a riot. Violent flash mobs can kill. If you are caught in a violent flash mob, your life is in imminent danger. If you must employ deadly force to repel deadly force, you cannot afford to hesitate. A wise tactician has recently stated: “Use the (attackers’) overconfidence in numbers and you being an easy target as a ‘surprise’. No ‘warnings’…don’t let them see it coming. Go from being a wide eyed ‘victim’ to being on the attack. By the time they realize what is happening and even start to react…you should already have several on the ground and on your way to a possible escape! If you happen to be in your vehicle when the attack comes…use reverse as much as you can…the rear of just about any vehicle can take a lot of punishment and still keep going. You don’t want holes in your radiator or an airbag in your face.”

This is not taking the law into your own hands or vigilante justice. It is self defense and survival. Survival depends upon emergency first aid. If you are unlucky enough to be caught up in a violent flash mob, “emergency first aid” is doing whatever you must to neutralize the threats to your life and limb until you can escape and the professionals arrive.

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  • ironked

    A rose by any other name…Amway is legal, the Mafia is not. A “flash mob” is just a quick way, via mobile social media, to foment a conspiracy. No one was hurt in the upper-middle-class Gaithersburg MD 2AM c-store invasion by a mass of black youth. No one person stole more than $10-20 in goods. The total loss was huge, though. A little resistance by the clerk could have turned tragic. It was pulled together by text on mobile phones. There has been talk of prosecuting participants using conspiracy laws.

  • truckdriver1402


    to those who want to make the good, bad , and the bad, the victims

    OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR DECADES NOW HAVE SIGNALED THAT REVENGE ON SOCIETY ( OK, I MEAN WHITE SOCIETY, IS ACCEPTABLE) LOOK AT THE CRY FROM people to not commit crimes against their own….. as opposed to not committing crimes at all

    The connection between schools and flash mobs and OUR RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES?


    Some are educated not only on how and why to attack but how to “plead” their way out of it


  • victorbarney

    Glad that you mentioned Wyatt Earp, because it was he who fought the “Irish” mob in Tombstone to get famous, although a brother got killed there and he also got thrown out of there in the aftermath! Lucky for him that he was the “only” survivor of that period that lived to tell the story, isn’t it? Do you know just how these “Irish” gangs got to America? I say this because it was against the federal law for Roman Catholics to even come to America before the civil war. Did you know that? Sorry, Roman Catholics out there, but that is history! As I was saying earlier, the Roman Catholics first got here as “Jesuits” and they came here with the second group of pilgrims and no doubt had different reasons besides black slavery for having a civil war! I have always wondered if that was the real reason that they(Dan) were left out of being protected from the “Anti-Christ”(Marxist) over Israel by the seed of Joseph, not Judah(Gen. 48:16) in the last days? You do know that 12,000 from each tribe of Israel gets protected from the Anti-Christ(Marxist) over Israel by the seed of Joseph, right? However, the tribe of Dan is left out and they are the Irish? Also, that more gentiles are saved an actual Israelites? Just asking…

  • cogito_ergo_tuebor

    If a firearm is not availabe — or even in addition to a firearm — simultaneous attacks by FM members can be thwarted by a broadcast spraying of intense pepper spray, followed by a sprint away from the scene. I carry a 5.3 (5  3/10) million SHU, 15% can of  spray that has 15 squirts in it. I’d rather use it than a gun, but if I can’t run fast enough to get away from the remaining attackers, I will be forced to fire on them.

  • DaleWarren

    I plan to carry a nice can of pepper gel along with my firearm.  I like the pepper gel (at least in theory) as it is less likely to drift back, and it is sticky.  There is no level of escalation with a firearm in Missouri, if you break leather, your life had better be in danger.

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  • Maxine Gridi

    This is truly reminiscent of the Old South cowardly racist KKK flash mobs — that attacked innocent (and most importantly — UNARMED) helpless black people!  Once some free black people — as citizens — were permitted to (some degree) arm themselves, the cowardly racist KKK flash mobs were then substantially reduced! 

    Hmmmmm … wonder why that was???

    That is why every American citizen has been granted by the U.S. Constitution the right to keep and keep arms — so that decent, law-abiding individual American citizens can defend themselves and their loved ones — against lawless mobs and/or tyranny! 

  • 33Charlemagne

    Violent flash mobs are basically bullies not warriors! They
    want to stroke their egos by frightening, harming or robbing people who cannot
    fight back.  Dealing with somebody who
    can hurt them is not what most of these dirt bags have bargained for. In most
    cases the mere sight of a gun should be enough to cool their jets! But I agree
    with the good doctor if you have to shoot; shoot to kill it’s better to be
    tried by 12 than carried by six!

  • Nate Tanguay

    Why are we afraid of the justice system when we have full control over it?  It’s because we don’t know or don’t take the time to learn about our total power over it.  It is called Jury Nullification.  Read it, study it, teach it so when/if you’re arrested for defending yourself the Jury will then nullify the charge.  Or don’t bother.

  • Rattlerjake

    It also should be noted that people living in these areas are often the ones who voted for the liberal gun haters, so in a way it is poetic justice.  You learn from experience and I’ll bet that victims that were in the riots and mobs in London, MN, etc. are now thinking differently about guns.

  • ironked

    Then it’s Natural Selection.

  • DauTieng59

    I would never advise people to show your weapon. When you decide to pull the weapon, you need to have your target already picked out and begin firing. A show of weapon can get you diarmed quickly, firing will move the force away from you; showing most likely will at best freeze the mob with the possiblity of a resurge your way. Firing turns the tide away from you.

  • celticwaryor

    Do you really think a can of pepper spray will actually deter a mob?  Do you have any idea how fast someone can close that 23 ‘ of  distance?  While you might slow down one or two at the front of the pack, the rest of the mob will be on you by the time your can of pepper spray sputters to a stop!  Pepper spray might work in a situation where there are only a couple of assailants, but a mob?  I think not.

  • Sherry Robinson Murphy-Kleine

    And Missouri at the state fair!!!

  • Nate Tanguay

    33 Charlemagne

       It was not my intent to impart all the knowledge taught in my 40 hour course at the Academy, but merely to advise about the language we sometimes use over a couple of beers that usually comes back to bite us in the ass.  Kbuzz is starting to get it.  I never inferred to not ever use deadly force.  Of course you do if your life is in danger.  Shooting center mass to stop is not the same as an execution.  You shoot to prevent a further threat.  It’s the terminology that gets you in trouble.  If he dies it’s at his own hands, not yours.  And yes, I’d rather face a jury than the undertaker.  If you want to know my feelings on the subject go to:  But don’t join my warriors unless you are fully committed, stop being defensive and stop twisting the meanings of what we warriors say.  You’re a Warrior or a slave.

  • Nate Tanguay

    I do, almost every day.  Now that you know it you now must teach it also.  It is not knowledge unless you give it away.  Send it to all your email accounts, put it on Facebook, etc. 
    (But don’t tell your mother-in-law, we want her to get sent up the river).

  • Charles1Martel

    The flash mob that was a bunch of musicians playing patriotic music in store is totally different from the flash mobs in the UK and other places that turned violent.  Like “hacker”, which originally didn’t connote crime, “flash mob” is quickly losing its innocent connotation.

  • Slinger56

    Well said! Allot of people want to talk, and they should not. By the way,,,,HKP7,,,,a GREAT gun!


    The US Constitution does NOT give us the right to bear arms.  Our Creator gave us the right.  We have a God given right to protect ourselves and our families.  The Constitution merely acknowledges that we have this right.

  • p309

    We have not been “granted the right” by the US Constitution. The Constitution merely affirms that it is our GOD GIVEN RIGHT to self defense, to arm oneself.

  • dandtschmidt

    Dear Sir, I appreciate your article. I realize race baiting has become the accepted norm in some areas and circles. I am a retired police and corrections officer, I come from a mixed heritage, I have Jewish, native American.scotch Irish, and German ancestry. I have been on the receiving end of this because of my dark looks and black hair. I try to and want to respect all races, but I have noticed a lot of black people have no respect for anything or anybody and want to take out their anger and hatred on other races especially when they feel they are entitled to everything. As a retired officer I realize the police cannot be everywhere and protect everybody, but we must be able to protect ourselves and our families. I am prepared to do this and have taught my family to stand up for themselves and defend their selves and their families. I pray to the heavens that this will not get worse but I am afraid that as time goes on the entitlement and mentality that so many have that it will get worse. Stand strong and be not afraid to defend yourselves, your family and your country.  God Bless America and God Bless the 2nd Amendment!

  • SigArmored

    You’re theorys on self defense are flawed.

  • kebozarth

    The Right of Self Defense is a God-given unalienable Right secured and protected by Article II of our Bill of Rights.

  • Keven Cabra

    Florida just passed a law similar to Az’s. It is based on the 2nd ammendment. Me personally I don’t like guns. I’ve always been partial to explosives. Alas the use of hand grenade’s is currently outlawed in the USA. In Britan the sales of aluminum ball bats went up 6000% during the rioting. A disarmed people will find a way to defend themselves. Want my gun? Take it, I know where to find more.

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