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Group attacks by urban youth. The ultimate conundrum.
by Solomon Shorter
Dateline Chicago: Chicago police are examining a video and interviewing witnesses to try to find out who was among a gang of young people who attacked and stabbed a 25-year-old man in the Lakeview neighborhood late Sunday.
Dateline Dallas: “In the process of them walking out, tried to stop a student with a lot of things in his hands and when I tried to do that, he shoved me out into the parking lot and swung at me,” Thomas said.
Thomas then says several men then pulled him to the ground and started kicking and punching him.
“I was terrified,” he said. “At first, I thought I would be able to get back into the store, and once they got me on the ground, I thought they were going to kill me.”
Thomas suffered cuts on his nose, eyes and lip. He still has a bruised rib and bicep. He told us his injuries would have been worse if two girls hadn’t stepped in.
“I’m very grateful for that,” said Thomas. “If it wasn’t for them, I could have lost my life.”
The Sad Truth:
What I’m going to tell you will strike some people as wrong. It will also strike some as stereotyping and many will frown at the implications.
The sad truth is this. If you see a group of young people in their teens and twenties then your best bet is to avoid them like a plague. The examples above are just a couple that were found doing an extremely simple Google search. The reality is that we’re seeing this more and more.
Avoidance is your best bet. No matter what your skill level. No matter how well armed you are. No matter how in shape you are, you can’t handle an attack by multiple attackers without expecting to sustain damage yourself. If you can walk away, take a different route…hell…even turn, around then that should be your first course of action.
But what if avoidance isn’t possible? This is where it gets sketchy. I’ve attempted to research how the top trainers today are instructing their students (I’m talking martial artist, knife guys and gun guys) on dealing with attacks from multiple attackers and its almost non-existant.
Marine Corps Martial Arts teaches dealing with attacks from two, at most three attackers and it basically comes down to being aggressive and prioritizing your attack.
That’s for the battlefield. What about for the streets when you’re out to catch dinner and a movie with a loved one?
My advice, if you can’t avoid it, is to beat the escalation curve. You have to get aggressive, while acting totally defensive.
At the first sign of hostility from the group you need to be ready to respond with deadly force. Urban Youth are now doing what they call the “Knock out game”…you win if you are
able to sucker punch an unsuspecting person with the results of them losing consciousness.
Stay alert, stay alive and expect these conditions to persist.
Last but not least. If you are confronted with this no win situation you should expect to engage at least two of the group with deadly force…maybe three or more if the group is large enough. That’s why I am not a fan of the mini-9mm’s like the Smith and Wesson Shield.
They don’t hold enough rounds to make it through an engagement and that’s if everything goes right! A standard capacity 15 round magazine in 9mm should be your baseline and even with that I would highly recommend you carry a spare magazine.
We live in lethal times. Urban centers are inherently dangerous and with some of the new trends that are being seen by law enforcement, those dangers are going to increase. Police should be stopping large groups of youth on sight but political correctness is preventing that. You know and I know what large groups mean. Someone will be assaulted. Someone might be raped. Someone might be killed. Don’t let that someone be you.
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