Crowd Defense Policy Now!
In my first article for Reload1, I discussed shields in contemporary defense. Discussing gear is not enough. We need a policy for crowd defense, and we need it now. I am developing that policy here: https://www.patreon.com/crowddefense.
You’ve probably already spent considerable time, money, and effort developing your skills for self and home defense. But now we’re seeing these riots by the left. You could arrive at the airport and walk into a serious problem in which you are facing dozens of people with no chance to arm yourself. And if you’re alone in your ability to defend yourself, you’re probably not going to be able to do it effectively. What we need is a lot of people ready to defend each other.
This is a very different problem. Normally we’re concerned about self or home defense. Or, we might seek out a group for protection. And normally that group will be really tight with each other. But, now we need to be able to spontaneously distinguish friend from foe among a group of strangers in a split second for the purpose of defending against a crowd. It’s a strange, dangerous, and difficult new problem.
On top of that, it appears that the police in some areas aren’t protecting people. Or, if you want to give them the benefit of the doubt, they’re policies don’t address this new problem either. For instance, normally riots are pretty straightforward. Everyone on the street is raising hell for some stupid reason, like a football game was won or lost, and the police show up and disperse everyone. Now, we’ve got one side attacking the other side. One side is obeying the law when the other side starts an attack. To avoiding choosing a side, the police are resorting to their old and now useless policy of waiting for things to get so out of control that they can come down on anyone who happens to be in the area. The fact that this helps the leftists suppress free speech isn’t seen as their problem. They remove themselves to safety, regroup, wait until something resembling probable cause exists, and then they come down on everyone. We can develop our policy much faster than the government can, so we have to do that in order to say safe.
People are starting to form their own protection groups, and I think that is just fine. But, if they aren’t careful, the police are never going to change their riot policy. They can easily stay insulated until they believe the general public has stopped caring about who is right and just wants violence to stop. At that time we can expect the police to come down on both sides using their old policy. Any unconstitutionally vague laws regarding the undefined “paramilitary” or overbroad weapons laws can be used to enable arbitrary and capricious decisions by the police and prosecutors.
If we want to protect ourselves, we need this policy. If we want to avoid getting silenced by the old police policy, we need this policy. If we want the police to change their policy, we need to be united in our policy.
Crowd Defense, under the leadership of defense instructor and attorney Matthew Nolan, will develop this policy in cooperation with trusted military and police who have a deep commitment to training civilians. This is not “martial arts.” It is a strategic policy for defense that is meant for speedy implementation with little to no training. In the same way that “stop, drop, and roll” became a well-known policy, Crowd Defense will also present a policy that is as simple as possible. It will, of course, be more complex than the well-known fire protocol, but it will be as minimal as possible.
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