Alternative title – "it is all fun and games until someone’s head gets bashed in".
Revolvers are classy as all get-out, and I love the hell out of carrying my 686 SSR (especially in its new leather, which I need to photograph and review here sometime soon), but the sad truth is that six in the cylinder and six more in a speedloader would do me scant little good against something like this:
Witnesses tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY’S TMJ4 of a mob of young people attacking innocent fair-goers at the end of the opening night of State Fair, with some callers claiming a racially-charged scene.
Milwaukee Police confirmed there were assaults outside the fair.
Witnesses’ accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.
Authorities have not given official estimates of the number of people involved in the attacks.
"It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people," said Norb Roffers of Wind Lake in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ. He left the State Fair Entrance near the corner of South 84th Street and West Schlinger Avenue in West Allis.
"They were attacking everybody for no reason whatsoever."
"It was 100% racial," claimed Eric, an Iraq war veteran from St. Francis who says young people beat on his car.
12 rounds, no matter how powerful .357 Magnums might be, against a crowd of hundreds is not going to do much, and will likely only serve to piss the mob off. Hell, even my PPS with one in the tube, seven more in the box, and eight on my hip is not going to be all that much better. And, yes, I do thoroughly believe that a dozens/hundreds-sized mob is more than sufficient cause for deadly force should they be threatening myself or my family – that crowd met all three sides of the deadly force triangle (opportunity, intent, and capability), and if they endangered me or mine, I would take steps to defend us. Why? Because this can kill a person:
"I saw them grab this white kid who was probably 14 or 15 years old. They just flung him into the road. They just jumped on him and started beating him. They were kicking him. He was on the ground. A girl picked up a construction sign and pushed it over on top of him. They were just running by and kicking him in the face."
What would that defense consist of? In short, "Get the [expletive deleted] out of the way." My family, whoever else I was responsible for at the time, and I would find the least-crowded path out of the mob, and head that direction as expeditiously and as quietly as possible; if there were a vehicle nearby we could make use of, we definitely would. My firearm, whatever it would be, would be out but tucked up against my body to be a little more stealthy and a lot harder to grab, and should anyone present a plausible threat to my group, I would take whatever steps were necessary to prevent my group from slowing down, much less stopping. Once clear of the mob, and once we had attention to spare, we would get somewhere out of the crowd’s line of site and alert the authorities.
Of course, that is an ideal plan, and no plan ever survives its first encounter with the enemy.
Not to make light of a remarkably frightening and dangerous scenario, though, but this is exactly the kind of thing that gaming out the "zombie apocalypse" is actually useful for – a massive, on-foot, mostly-unarmed crowd of people who are probably stronger than you and definitely more motivated, where one may not be that big of a problem, but a few would definitely bring you down. Ok, maybe this crowd does not have any particular taste for brains, but they could kill you all the same, and probably care about as much as the hypothetical zombies would.
Conversely, if this really were the zombopocalypse, my vehicle would be up-armored and stocked with all manner of magazine-fed rifles, which are significantly better tools for dealing with a violent crowd than any handgun, so maybe the mental gaming is only so useful…
So what would you do if faced with a situation like this? One thing is for certain, anti-rights cultists would leave us either defenseless (by banning firearms or the lawful carrying thereof) or ineffective (by limiting access to normal-capacity magazines), and as we can clearly see, neither of those predicaments would lead to anything good in these kinds of circumstances.
Mayhap it is time (once I get everything else sorted out, that is) to start procuring some normal-capacity magazines for my Baby Eagle and talking to some folks about a piece of leather for it… or perhaps it is time for me to finally bite the proverbial bullet and invest in a plastic-fantastic pistol. Something to think on…
(Likewise, in addition to this incident being a perfect illustration of the use and value of “high”-capacity magazines, it also perfectly shows the lie in the specious notion put forward by a supposed pro-rights activist that only “law-abiding citizens of color living in high crime neighborhoods” need self-defense training regarding multiple attackers. Remember – if a theory is false once, it is false, period.)
(Courtesy of Say Uncle.)