Moderator: Bill Glasheen
Bill Glasheen wrote:And then there it was - a doe standing in the middle of the freakin highway, looking for love. Given the physics of the situation, I decided not to do anything cute. I ran into her,
I had an interesting conversation with a friend concerning thoughts about increased violence and tactics of the attackers. We're seeing an increase in violent attacks and carjackings. Many of them turn out to be drug related misunderstandings. Just the other day a suspect burst into a home fired off 3 shots from a "AK" and fled.
I think we may be due for something of a violent crime increase in the near future, even without any of the usual excuses like the economy. Recently gangs have been initiating road rage incidents by drifting into another lane, and when the victim taps the horn as a friendly note to avoid a collision, the gang begins tailgating. When the victim has to stop for a red light, the gang members get out and start banging on the car and threatening the occupants.
So far Ive heard of two separate incidents, each time the victim was able to get away without injury, by driving through the red light. The vehicles were different, but its hard to say if the suspects were the same or not.
I see far worse than this coming down the road, and not in the terribly distant future. Specifically, Third World-style "block road and rob occupants of stopped cars" ambushes. Robbery ambushes of this sort were common in Rhodesia. Im hearing from friends in the area that its also been happening in Phoenix already, to include kidnappings, and the not-so-occasional murder with a few incidents involving attacks on or from cars.
Concerning our local situation of Road Raging Youth Groups, I've advised my unarmed family and friends that the 3000lb car trumps a whole lot. I think a terrified victim would be better explaining how they tried everything to get away and the attacker wouldn't get out of the way, especially if the next stop was at a police station or a call to 911.
Where legal, TINT is an excellent idea for all the points mentioned. In the long run other vehicle mods like reinforced bumpers and the "new" run flat tires would be a good idea too.
prepared your chances are low so stay alert, know your routes and avenues of escape beforehand and plan accordingly.
•People that did not survive where those that when the bullets started flying they simply applied the brakes and took cover under the door of the car. So move and keep moving, know how to ram a car and have a strong enough vehicle.
•Most of today’s cars do to the way they are built they are concealment not cover.
•Those who moved out of the kill zone where followed and re-engaged, so be ready for a prolonged fight and have enough ammo, one mag will not cut it have as much as you can carry. Fanny packs make great vehicle holsters, they are on your person so they will not fly away or shift position in a collision, you can carry lots of mags and a BOK.
•When confronted by high volume of fire outside the kill zone most attackers disengaged.
•Many who survived the initial engagement died of their wounds so carry a BOK or trauma kit and know how to use it.
•Drug dealers with rifles in their trunks never had a chance to get to them and employ them, not enough time. If it is not on you or accessible when you are opening the door and exiting you are most likely not going to use it.
•Either you drive or shoot but not both, those that tried both ended up in crash and killed.
•Where driving glasses, glass will fly and it might impair your vision if it gets in your eye.
The problem I see with the airbag is that in a confrontation with rounds incoming you will duck your head close or to the side of the steering wheel so as to make a smaller target, you are in an ambush situation where things are measured in fractions of seconds, having an airbag go off close to my face, stunning and disorienting me is dangerous, losing 2 to 6 seconds means 4 to 12 rounds of incoming fire, I can become a still target and not a moving one. Depending on the situation, volume of fire and many other factors you might have to ram your adversary or an object in the way, causing it to deploy. Does this mean that everybody should disable it? I think it depends on where you live/operate, are you a target or might be confused with one and many other factors, so I say it is a personal decision. I rather have front airbags disabled.
Van Canna wrote:I think it depends on where you live/operate, are you a target or might be confused with one and many other factors, so I say it is a personal decision. I rather have front airbags disabled.
Van Canna wrote:http://www.edmunds.com/subaru/legacy/2013/
What do you make of this, Bill?
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