Random attacks. Distributed threats. What’s the answer?
Regarding the recent attack at Inner Harbor (see the video here http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/10/30/teen-attack-inner-harbor/) I decided to dissect some of the comments surrounding the incident.
“Out of nowhere, they were swarmed and beaten by a large number of teenagers.”
Yep, that’s what all wise predators do. This isn’t new, as a matter of fact, it’s very, very old. This is such a successful tactic, everyone who wants to be successful in an attack will use overwhelming numbers to their advantage.
“They swarmed us,” said Stacey. “They hit my husband in the head. They knocked him out… and then it was just complete bedlam.” “And they punched my nephew in the face and knocked him to the floor,” Stacey said. “My sister went to protect her son, and they were kicking her.
Sounds like a successful application of the shock triad (speed, surprise, and violence of action)… again, nothing new here, the military uses this tactic extensively, as do all other combatant groups out there.
“I was knelling [sic] with my husband screaming ‘Somebody help us, why is nobody helping us?’”
Three reasons (at least) for this behavior i.) people have been trained to deign to authority, ii.) laws are written to protect the miscreants of society, iii.) most people don’t have the confidence (in their skills nor the ability to stay out of jail) should they intervene.
Want to be able to stop this at the source? Change the laws so that citizens can defend themselves against this kind of thing. It’s not rocket science and the average person can figure it out...