Civil unrest is on the rise.
That increases the possibility of encouraging a mob.
Here’s what you can do to protect yourself if you’re caught in the midst of a dangerous crowd.
Political rhetoric from liberals and Democrat politicians has been dialed up to an 11.
With the political temperature so high, the chances for public conflict is as high as it’s been in decades.
We’ve already seen far-left activists, such as the militant group Antifa, lash out violently all over the country.
Independent journalists have captured left-wing thugs beating up random passersby and even dragging elderly people out of their vehicles.
If you find yourself stuck in a mob for whatever reason—political rallies, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or any other crisis—there are certain principles you can follow to limit the chances of getting hurt.
First, don’t engage someone who’s in the midst of a rage fit.
Even if you have self-defense training and know how to handle yourself, do everything you can to de-escalate the situation or simply walk away.
If civil discourse is impossible, try to embrace the conflict rather than allow yourself to be provoked by it.
Once the violence starts, things can go horribly wrong.
You could be injured by the person, you could be ambushed by his cohorts, or you could severely injure the person and face criminal charges.
However, if confrontation is the only way, be assertive.
Most of these deranged activists are cowards and try to pick on people they perceive as weak.
If you present yourself as someone who isn’t afraid and isn’t to be messed with, they might scamper away before the physical conflict starts.
Self-defense should only be a last resort because the other options rarely lead anywhere good.
Next, be very mindful of your surroundings.
If you suspect some type of emotionally-charged event is taking place in your area, take precautions to avoid that part of town.
It helps to stay apprised of what’s happening locally so you can maneuver around potential hot zones.
If you’re unaware some provocative rally is taking place, you could drive right into a barricade and get boxed in.
We’ve seen Antifa members block streets and Black Lives Matter activists shut down entire freeways.
Avoid these disruptions as much as you can.
Also, don’t draw attention to yourself.
If you’re in the midst of mob chaos, keep your head down and extract yourself from the situation as quickly as possible.
Don’t go against the grain.
Fighting against the flow of people can lead to getting stampeded.
Individual responsibility withers away when people get in large groups, so don’t expect people to be courteous and help you up if you’re getting trampled.
Finally, find your way to the outskirts of a mob of people.
Being in the middle means you have a smaller chance of being able to extract yourself from the situation.
Try to get to higher ground so you have a better vantage point to assess what’s going on and how you can get to safety.
Being caught in a mob during a SHTF scenario is scary, but it doesn’t mean you have to suffer harm.