ON July 28th, “migrant youths” did this in a suburb outside of Paris to protest the death of a companion of theirs while in police custody.
Methodists. I’m going to bet that radical, extremist Methodism sparked this violence. What else could it be?
That attack is nothing unique, however. We’ve seen similar attacks on our streets that rose out of non-violent protests, and we’ll see them again in the future. Blocking freeway traffic is a favorite tactic of Black Lives Matter and other such protests, and all it takes is one overheated exchange to turn an inconvenient blockage of traffic into attempted mass murder.
I was in St. Louis the night that Ferguson erupted in flames, blissfully unaware of the danger I was in. If the Ferguson rioters had decided that night to block a freeway instead of torch a convince store, I’d be facing a situation like the one above, or worse.
This is something that can happen to all of us, because the mobs who do such things can form faster than the media can report on it or cops can respond to it, leaving us to deal with a potential mob scene on our own, with what is available to us inside of our car at that very moment. No running around outside to grab the AR in your trunk: What you have within arm’s reach is what you have to deal with what’s going on.
Then there’s the legal elements to consider: Is a large group of unarmed protesters an “immediate and grave danger” to your life or the lives of the people inside your vehicle? In the state where you live, is your vehicle considered to be a “domicile” because you are currently occupying it, and therefore the laws that cover self-defense of your home cover you in your vehicle? Is a brick through your windshield considered deadly force?
Above all, though, remember you are in a large steel box that moves faster than the fastest person can run, so if you can more out of the danger area, do so, and do so as safe as possible.
On a semi-unrelated note, I was shocked at how little there is out there on the how and when you can defend your life in a car. Maybe my Google-Fu is weak on this sort of thing, but it seems there is page after page of information on defending your home, but precious little on what is considered your home when you’re away from home.