Surviving a riot

Korean Shopkeepers during the 1992 Rodney King Riots.Bob Owens

As much as no sane person would want urban and suburban rioting, there are thugs making noise in social media that they would use the acquittal of Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman as an excuse to riot and loot on a grand scale, not just in Sanford, FL where events took place, or in Florida, but nationwide. These criminals—there’s no other way to describe them—are asserting that they will use an acquittal as a excuse nationwide to go on a rampage in many areas.  

The last time we saw rioting on a very large scale, it was very, very bad.

The simple fact of the matter is that police forces are not large enough to contain widespread rioting. In such circumstances, you working with your neighbors are your best chance of survival.

This headline was from only part-way through the 6-day long 1992 Los Angeles riot. 53 people were killed, and more than 2,000 were injured, as police were forced to abandon entire communities to mob rule.

While it is unlikely that such large-scale rioting would break out nationwide as a result of the verdict of the Zimmerman case, it isn’t a bad idea to make contingencies just in case.

The very first thing you need to do is figure out a neighborhood protection plan (NPP). If you haven’t figure done out with your neighbors, I’d suggest you get a copy of (shameless commercial plug coming) A Failure of Civility and start working with them on that, posthaste. A guy with a firearm is a threat. A group if citizens acting in concert for the defense of their community, taking advantage of their intimate knowledge of the local human and geographic terrain, is a formidable force that can face down the most determined mob.

I’d suggest that caliber is less important than magazine capacity and accuracy in such a situation, and that firearms with excellent penetration qualities and long range aren’t optimal. It’s tough to argue a case for lethal force at 400 yards even against a mob, and if your bullet is recovered from the body of a neighbor hiding in a closet, the court will still hold you responsible.

In this sort of situation, the intermediate-caliber, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle cannot be recommended enough, and I’d suggest those chambered in .223 Remington/5.56 NATO are best for this sort of situation. The 7.62×39 cartridge in most AKM and SKS variants is great combat round, but will tend to plow through more material than .223, which tends to fragment and may not penetrate as far. Likewise, .223/5.56 rifles tend to be more accurate than 7.62×39 rifles, which purposefully “loose-bored” to accommodate a wider-range of bullet widths due to the wide range (and questionable quality control) of the many nations that build ammunition for this cartridge.  I’d suggest at least five standard capacity magazines of 20-30 rounds, and a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition (more is preferable).

An accurate magazine fed semi-automatic rifle (or twelve), properly used by trained riflemen deployed in cover, can break the back of any unorganized mob.

Hopefully saner heads will prevail, and any crisis will be avoided. You can’t dictate how others will act, but it is within your power to make sure your family and friends aren’t easy victims. Get organized get trained, and plan ahead.

5 thoughts on “Surviving a riot

  1. No head shots, too low payout for rounds expended, go for gut shots to wound and maximise panic, fear and disorientation among the mob bearing down on your street. Shoot from cover, preferably at height with inter locking fields of fire and mutual support positions that allow a person to fall back while still in cover and being covered by fire from supporting positions. Don’t go straight ahead and shoot the front row, give yourself a few seconds of intel gathering and pick obvious leaders or people that the main body are congregating around for guidance or pick people with weapons first, they have the potential to harm you more than the bricks and bottles brigade. As always don’t reveal yourself or your strength too early or too heavily, leave some in reserve and don’t get sight picture mesmerised and close in on the fight, remain aloof. Also, at the end of the day have a bug out plan, route and guarded vehicles ready for the group of you, leave no one behind and if the position has become untenable, even booby trap the neighbourhood randomly so they just do not know what is dangerous and what is not. Greed will kill them as sure as bullets.

  2. The enemy controlled mass media will be going all out 24/7 inciting the blacks to riot, just as they did in the Rodney King case. The way to stop a black riot dead in its tracks is to announce in no uncertain terms that looters, arsonists, and rioters will be shot on sight. Fat chance of that happening with the Soetoro administration. And of course the occupational government has been doing everything it can to disarm the honest people so that they will be rendered defenseless. The Koreans knew exactly how to defend Koreatown in LA when the black mobs were approaching, and they had the weapons and the will and the ability to do so.

    1. Bill, Some things are JUST NOT HUMOUROUS,insinuating HUMAN CANNABLISM is a sick thought, If that is the best you can add to the cause weeeeeeeeeeeell you should just sit quietly before removing all doubt.

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