How to Survive a Riot
1. Don’t go near it
If you don’t have to be there, don’t.
There’s no honor in putting yourself in harm’s way, taking a brick to the head, and getting put in a coma.
Leave the ego at home.
Don’t look for trouble, because you’ll find more than you can handle.
This is about you going home to your loved ones, not them coming to see you in a hospital bed or morgue.
2. Situational awareness
Always know what’s going on around you. Always.
At the grocery store, at red lights, in your driveway, when you’re out in public, in a parking lot, at the ATM, anywhere.
If you see something that looks odd, stay away.
If you see some people who look like they’re planning something or up to no good, you’re probably right.
Walk proud, keep your head on a swivel, and don’t look like a victim (more on that below).
Lock your car doors. Pull your head out of your app, and know who is around you.
More on that here: https://besurvival.com/tips-and-tricks/10-ways-to-improve-your-situational-awareness
3. Every day carry (EDC)
Depending on what state you live in, you’ll have certain options as far as what you carry with you every day when you leave the house.
For me, living in a free state, I carry:
- a .40 cal pistol with an extra magazine,
- a small pocket knife,
- a neck knife, and
- if I’m in the mood to be extremely safe I bring pepper spray.
- All concealed, all the time.
You DO NOT want to get caught in a situation that requires you to defend yourself without the tools necessary to do it.
4. If you’re in it, don’t panic
If you find yourself out and about when violence breaks out, DO. NOT. PANIC.
Panic doesn’t help. Rational thinking does.
Don’t freak out and don’t freeze in place and wait for a beatdown.
You need to act and act quickly. Which, brings me to my next point.
5. Master OODA Loop
If you’re a military guy or anyone who has received any kind of tactical training,
you may have heard of OODA Loop. It stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act
And has to do with how you handle yourself in a high-stress or crisis situation.
Basically, it means that you assess the situation, weigh your options, and make a decision.
Instead of me hashing it out here, go check out master military strategist John Boyd’s writing on it:
You’ll be very glad you did.
6. Know that you ARE NOT safe
These rioters who trash their own cities and attack women? They ARE NOT like you.
The Antifa thugs, Communists, and far-left "progressives" don’t like people like you.
They hate freedom. They don’t care if children get hurt, or if you’re with your family.
So don’t try to reason with them, because it won’t work.
They are not rational, so don’t expect any favors.
Valueless people act in valueless ways, and you could be shown no mercy. Know your enemy.
This is your best option. If you can run, do it.
Run away and do not stop until you’re sure you’re safe.
There’s no honor in getting hurt in a riot.
8. Don’t wait for the police
If things are out of control, don’t expect the police or military to save you.
You need to protect yourself and your family.
In riots like we’ve seen recently, the police don’t know who the good guys are and who the bad ones are at first glance.
And, oftentimes, they can’t get to you anyways.
You need to take action, because the police may be overwhelmed and have no way to immediately help you.
9. If you need to, join in
If you can’t get out or get away, and see no options, join in.
Take off your Trump hat, and blend into the crowd.
Only for as long as you have to get out and get where you need to be.
Again, this is about your safety. It’s about survival.
10. Don’t look like a target
Cowards in masks attack targets. It’s what cowards do. So, don’t look like one.
If you’re hunched over with your face in your phone and not paying attention,
that projects weakness and paints you as a target to cowards.
If they do, issue strong verbal commands to show them you mean business and tell them to back off.
Harsh language means something to these people. You’re speaking their language.
- keep your head up
- watch for cues that you’re about to be attacked:
--- e.g. posturing, looking around, change in stance, etc.
- look people in the eye
- don’t let people get close to you
- keep moving
- maintain as much distance as you can from a would-be attacker
- use strong verbal commands
This has to do with something called “managing unknown contacts” (MUC).
A man named “Tom Kenobi” (https://www.instagram.com/tomkenobi/) turned me onto this and
you can read about it in depth here:
11. If you need to, hide
If it’s so bad that you have no way to get out
(maybe if you have young kids with you and can’t evade danger)
and there’s a SAFE place for you to lockdown for a while then hide.
A house, a locked door, anything where your safety is guaranteed.
I wouldn’t recommend it most times, but if you have to, hide and wait it out.
12. Never get backed into a corner
If you get put up against a wall or backed into a corner with a mob of violent morons coming at you,
you’re going to take a beating. So, don’t do it.
Evade, evade, evade. Always stay moving, and never stop until you’re safe.
13. If you can, stay in a pack
There’s strength in numbers. Stay with others or find some like-minded people and join them.
Your chances of coming out unscathed and walking away are always better if you have others to help watch your back.
Don’t get divided, help each other, and communicate as you’re navigating the riot.
14. Never start a fight, but know how to finish one
If you’re not already, you need to get trained so you’ll know how to fight if you have to.
And, I’m not talking about Karate or Kung Fu.
I’m talking about real life stuff that will let you incapacitate your attackers and save your life so you can go home to your loved ones.
BJJ, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Aikido, and Krav Maga come to mind here.
Learn how to fight. Never start it, but know how to finish it and get away.
15. Never brandish a weapon (unless you have to)
This is last resort stuff. If you’re carrying a weapon (e.g. a gun, knife, ASP),
you have to genuinely fear for your life and/or the life of others you’re with to legally use it.
Remember, weapons are tools that you use when you need to.
You’re not Rambo. And, no matter how you think a shootout will go down, it won’t go down that way.
You’re not in the movies.
If you have to fight, learn how to fight with your weapon.
Sometimes you might not need to draw.
But if you do, be sure you’ve been trained and know how to use it.
That’s all folks. Remember, in a mob or riot, your one goal is to get out alive. That’s it.
These are some of the tactics that can help you do it:
a. you’re not in it to fight (you’ll lose) and
b. you’re not in it to prove your point or change hearts & minds (they won’t listen anyways).
c. Get out, stay alive, and go home - that’s the plan
by Brian Lenney; https://bearingarms.com/brian-l/2017/02/03/actionable-tips-staying-safe