Hope (you’re armed) and Change: Welcome to the “flash riot” phenomenon.

Prior to this week I’d been doing some research on what the MSM (Main Stream Media) is referring to as “flash mobs”.

This is not the correct terminology. A “Flash Mob” is defined on Wikipedia as:

A flash mob (or flashmob)[1] is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and/or satire.[2][3] Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.[4][5][6][7][8][9] The term, coined in 2003, is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals.

The events I am referring to have some of the characteristics of a flash mob, but the purpose is not “seemingly pointless”, the point is criminal activity. This article (foxnews, simply because it is an article with a good overview of what I am talking about here, I don’t particularly care for fox) discusses some of the more recent instances of this.

I first started hearing about the flash mob idea being used for criminal activity around March 2011, when it was large groups of young urban teens looting retail stores and then dispersing before authorities could show up.

I think using the term flash mob for this behavior is degrading to the groups of flash mobbers that do this sort of thing for dance, or political commentary. I think a more accurate description would be “Flash Riot”.

Especially in light of the violent attacks against individuals that are beginning to define these incidents.

Tactically speaking, this sort of event is a nightmare of immense proportions. It can happen anywhere, at any time, and with very little to no warning.

Here is a video of the first instance that caught my attention (this is a looting expedition), courtesy of ABC 7 news: http://bcove.me/961x49h2

You can see in the video that the time from “nothing is wrong” to “wow we’re in the middle of a looting mob” is just a few seconds.

Thankfully this particular instance is non violent, but can you imagine how easily this could have turned violent (particularly when the store employee took some merchandise back from one of the looters)?

Now that the incidents are starting to turn violent (like the incident in Chicago caught on video, or the one from Philly featured at the Fox link above), and particularly with the London riots that occurred recently, this is becoming a mounting concern.

The thing that disturbs me most about this is that in many of the violent attacks, the attackers were minors. That is a whole new level of difficulty in tactical response.

This is clearly a side effect of the continuing decay of American Society (in the 50’s these punks would have just been shot as a warning to others not to do this kind of shit), but what can we do to stop it in today’s society?


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