The recent police shootings in Missouri, North Carolina, Maryland, and small pockets in many other states have sparked a wave of angry Americans that are eager to protest and in some cases, these protests have degenerated into full-blown riots that have destroyed many city blocks and effectively put entire towns under siege. Recently, violent activity stemmed from Black Lives Matter protesters in North Carolina leaving dozens of cars and buildings damaged.
Now as history has shown us, people tend to channel their anger into a violent protest, which eventually leads to rioting. In light of this, USA Firearm Training is sharing some advice as to how to prepare for a possible riot. Because during a riot, it may already be too late to be prepared, and the last thing you want is to be without safety and without sustenance during a siege.
Lesson 1: Hope For the Best, Prepare For the Worst
Riots don’t simply come out of thin air. They typically start as a peaceful protest, intended to spark awareness about an issue. Doing this is one of the tenants of our first amendment and protesting gives people a platform to exercise their rights as an American. However, in such a situation, there may be a few bad apples in the crowd that decide that they want to escalate things. Unfortunately, that’s all it takes, sometimes.
If just one person in the crowd decides it’s a good idea to break a car window. That leads to another person throwing a rock through a storefront window. Eventually, what results is a chain reaction that eventually mutates into chaos. Often referred to as a “Hive-Mind”. This can be hard to track and oftentimes, people don’t realize they are in a riot until it is too late. In case you hear of a protest scheduled to go on in your area, make sure you prepare for the worst.
Lesson 2: Fortify
Now how do you prepare? You fortify. Many say that the best defense is a good offense, but the best defense is really a great defense. It is so much easier to defend a well-fortified position than it is to go out and about and try to get what you need, especially during the chaotic mess of a riot.
You need to have a home ready to go, just in case of the worst. Some things to pack and store in preparation for a possible riot are flashlights, battery-powered lanterns, batteries, of course, and ways to put out a fire. As we have seen from multiple riots throughout history, fires are all too commonplace in most riots. Also, if you know of a protest going on in your area, make sure you have food, water, and medicine to last at least 2 weeks (Food Storage Option). It’s always good to have this on hand anyway, and it can’t hurt to have more than two weeks stored, but that’s just the boy scout in me. There’s a story that a friend of mine told me about someone they knew, who was on a study abroad program in London during the 2011 London riots who had to lock herself in the apartment, and she ran out of food and found herself extremely hungry since she couldn’t go to the grocery store. You do not want to be like her.
(Picture Above: A grocery store during the London riots. Make sure you have enough food and water to last you and your family during an emergency.)
Lesson 3: Work With Like-Minded Individuals
If you look back at the LA riots in 1992, you can probably recall the stories of armed Korean store owners, all armed with AR-15 rifles and handguns, who banded together to protect their stores from the violence.
In London in 2011, Sikh men stood guard outside of their temples with swords, cricket bats, and baseball bats to protect their houses of worship.
In light of all this, it goes to show that simply working alone in the middle of a riot can be dangerous, if things got really out of hand. This is not saying that you need to constantly run around the neighborhood to everyone’s house to make sure everything’s good. It’s just smart to have a few buddies available to call on if things get hairy. These individuals should be people with the same mindset and goals as you. Prepare for a possible riot by talking with your friends and neighbors and organize them in the event of a possible riot.
Lesson 4: Arm Yourself, and Those You Love
As the previous lesson shows, you need a group ready, armed, and willing individuals willing to protect your neighborhood, home, or place of business should a riot begin to erupt. Riots are not fist-fights, so it’s important to have a knowledge of weapons. The ideal weapons for such a scenario would be firearms. They are, without a doubt, the best home safety you can get.
Handguns are always great but when you bunker in you are much better served with a rifle. So while many of you reading this already have your concealed carry handgun permit, we recommend that you take a look towards a carbine rifle. AR-15's are a perfect example of a good weapon to use in a situation where there could be multiple targets, but you want to make sure that you have some distance between yourself and them.
But more than having a gun, you need to be proficient with it. So do not forego your training exercises and target practice. You need to have a cool head and a cool hand in a situation as serious as defending your home and your family when the adrenaline is going to be flowing like never before.
However, in the event that firearms are not available for everyone in your house large edged and impact weapons can work as well. Machetes, Pipes, and Baseball bats all seem to appear in riots when firearms are not available. When guns aren’t around, the bigger weapons usually come out.
(Picture Above: Three Egyptian men stand guard in the midst of the Arab Spring in 2011.)
In conclusion, you cannot always expect when a riot can take place, but you can take certain precautions to ensure that you and your loved ones are better prepared for such a situation. After all, the best defense is a great defense.
Stay safe out there, everyone.
Do you think that you are prepared for a potential riot in your area? Comment below and let us know. You never know who might need a few home defense tips.