Random, Brutal Attacks Are On The Rise
Awareness of your surroundings, is probably the most important factor to avoid becoming the victim of an assault, robbery or any other street crime. A person who shows awareness and confidence isn’t an easy target and therefore most criminals will simply look for another victim.
However, there has been a troubling trend in the last year taking hold in cities across America, that may negate the benefits of awareness. Brazen assaults are taking place, involving groups of young men outnumbering and overwhelming their victims. These attacks are often taking place in broad daylight in busy areas with other people and witnesses nearby. The most disturbing aspect of these attacks? They are taking place for no reason other than for fun! Often times victims are not robbed, just beaten up.
Baltimore, Maryland – A recent example of this is a story involving a man fighting for his life in a Baltimore hospital. John Mason, a 32-year-old tattoo artist, was viciously attacked in downtown Baltimore last Friday afternoon, November 2nd. He sustained some serious head injuries and doctors have put him into a medically induced coma.
The attack took place at 1:30 in the afternoon. According to a witness, there were eight attackers and they didn’t appear to know the victim.
“Twice, he kept telling them he didn’t want to fight. He didn’t want to fight,” the witness said. “They didn’t care.”
“They didn’t know him at all. They was just looking for trouble,” he said.
He says it happened at the bus stop and one of the attackers kicked Mason more than a dozen times.
“At this point, it’s unclear what the motive was. We’re looking at a variety of possibilities.” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.
Police are looking through images from the many surveillance cameras located in the downtown area. This attack comes on the heals of the beating of a tourist earlier this year that was caught on video and got national attention.
There is no amount of awareness that can protect you from something like this. It’s time for Americans to seriously consider some form of personal protection. A small handgun is obviously the best option, especially when facing multiple attackers.
However, many people are uncomfortable with carrying a gun. An excellent alternative is a fogger pepper spray. This type of spray creates a fog barrier to prevent an attacker from getting close. It also works pretty well against multiple attackers.
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