There is no reason this should happen. The New York Post reports, “Hundreds of teens trash mall in wild flash mob.” The main element of the story that comes through to me is the way people accept as a fact of life that they must live in terror.
Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday.
More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole cheap items such as baby balloons and beat up security guards at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., merchants said.
A violent game of “Knockout” also broke out on the upper level of the mall — and one teen may have been carrying a gun, sources said.
The teens used social media to plan the mass looting, vowing to put the mall “on tilt” – or to raid it, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Clerks, who scrambled to close up their shops, said they were terrified.
“I’ve been here seven years and I have never seen anything like this before — I’m so scared. I know they will come back,” said Abu Taleb,31, a clerk at Candy Plaza 2.
“I was begging them to stop. There were a lot of kids hundreds of kids… [Security] would chase them out one door and they would come back in another door.”
Clerks at shops such as Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret and Mac quickly rolled down metal gates as security guards tried desperately to break up the mob. The mall was closed for roughly an hour around 7 p.m., sources said.
Violent fights also broke out in front of McDonald’s and Best Buy, sources said. Video footage shows a pack of teenage girls punching each other and screaming as security guards struggled to break up the brawl.
If these clerks expect this to happen again, then why should they be terrified? Begging violent teen rioters to stop is stupid. They should acquire weapons. Perhaps they don’t need firearms, except as back up. But they could arm themselves with tear gas or some kind of mace-like chemical dispersal system. Or perhaps the security guards could be equipped with some anti-mob weapons.
But maybe the clerks aren’t really terrified of the rioters. This is Brooklyn, after all. Perhaps there is no legal way to carry such weapons in New York City. In that case, the fear is misdirected. It isn’t the mob that is frightening the clerks; it is the New York City government that disarms the people so they are at the mercy of any mob.
Another question arises from this story. Given the mention of “the knockout game,” was this riot a racially identifiable group? Is that part of the reason that the clerks believe they have no real recourse to deal with a returning mob? I find it odd that nothing is said about the police showing up or doing anything about the riot while it was going on.
People need to be able to protect themselves. When government restrains people from doing so, they encourage predators. In doing so, the government becomes the biggest predator of all.