Saturday night flash mob takes over Jacksonville Walmart
A huge house party broken up by police in a North Jacksonville subdivision didn't end there Saturday night as hundreds of young partygoers ignited a flash mob at the Lem Turner Road Walmart Supercenter.
They caused havoc that was recorded and posted on YouTube until Tuesday afternoon, while one person reported being shot during the party.According to the report, "hundreds" of teenagers flooded the store, throwing things around, riding shopping carts, and causing minor damage. No injuries were reported, although there is mention of gunshots heard outside the store. Oh, and petty shoplifting occurred. At the end of the article, other events similar to this are mentioned, including a supermarket in Portland OR and two convenience stores in MD. There's also the WI State Fair mob, with allegations of racial assaults against fairgoers being part of the mob's motivation.
While this is not as yet a common occurrence, it does bring up quite the conundrum for the concealed carrier. Some point to these instances as the need for a high capacity sidearm, claiming that the person armed with a five-shot revolver or 7- shot pocket 380 is at a significant disadvantage over someone with a 17+1 capacity wundernine. More extreme examples involve armed spouses, cover, etc. - not that it's ever a bad idea for both parties to be armed, mind you.
Honestly, if you're in the middle of one of these mobs and they don't scatter after the first couple of shots - and their friends getting shot - whether you have 5 rounds or 17 off the bat is the least of your worries. You drop a couple attackers with a J-frame and more keep coming, they're going to come if you've got a G19, too. Given the recent incident out of Florida (and thanks to the many folks who sent this in!), it's likely that the first sign of armed resistance is going to send the attackers running the other way - whether you've got a 6+1 pocket 380 or a full size schutzen-blaster with 20 rounds.
That's not to say you shouldn't have a plan for a large(r) group, though - many of the home invasion stories that turn into DGC additions have anywhere from 2-5 participants. The plan for an assault outside the home is different than the plan for an assault inside the home, naturally; since goblins don't phone ahead and tell you when, where, and how many will be attacking you, the plan should be flexible. In the above case, a wait-and-see approach would have worked. Find your way to a defensible position - barricaded in the bathroom works just fine - and call 911.
Be prepared to fight, but hope you won't need to - and carry your guns.
That is all.
Thanks to Stretch for the story!