Mob Defense: 3 Mistakes Mark & Patricia McCloskey Made

You’ve probably heard by now about the wealthy couple they’re calling “Ken and Karen.”

“Ken,” whose real name is Mark McCloskey, and his wife Patricia, became famous when a protest march broke into their gated community.

Mark and Patricia grabbed an AR15 and a Walther PPK… and went outside the confront the mob.

They’re lucky they’re alive – and they may STILL face legal charges for what happened.

I know people have very strong opinions about this whole thing, which is why we need to talk about what they did RIGHT… and what they did WRONG!

3 Major SCREW-UPS This Couple Made Facing Down A MOB (And 1 Thing They Did Right)

Let me start by saying that I’m not making a political statement here.

No matter what you think about the protests that hit our nation last month, every single one of us agrees that rioting, looting, and violence is wrong.

People are scared… and that’s why Mark and Patricia say they went outside when a protest march broke down a metal barrier to their gated community.

(They also say the crowd threatened them with violence.)

But I mean, come on… there was no way these two WEREN’T going to become a meme:

With the pink polo shirt, and the triangular retro-style hand guards on Mark’s rifle that make him look straight out of an episode of Miami Vice, you just can’t look away.

And then there’s Patricia, who clearly has never aimed a gun at anybody before, doing her best “I Want To Speak To The Manager” face!

The couple says that only the fact that they were armed stopped the mob from attacking them – and they may be correct.

That’s the one thing they did RIGHT: They were armed and ready to defend their (really, really nice mansion of a) home.

But that brings us to the 3 things they screwed up – royally.

1. They Were Barefoot

The couple were relaxing at home when this whole thing went down.

They weren’t thinking a mob might come marching up on to their lawn, so when they rushed outside, neither one of them was wearing shoes.

It might seem like a small thing, but if either one of them had stepped on a nail, had their feet stepped on by a protester, or otherwise gotten injured while walking around like that…

…they’d have been at a HUGE disadvantage.

If you’re going to confront a threat to your home, maybe take the two seconds to slip on some shoes?

(If you’re really worried, keep a good pair of slip-on sneakers by the door, you know?)

2. They Went Outside

Now, I know a lot of people think that going outside with guns was the only thing that stopped the mob from burning Mark and Patricia’s home.

The thing is, arson wasn’t something that was happening.

This crowd MAY have been violent, and they certainly did make some threats – but legally, you can’t just assume that people are going to burn your house if you don’t see so much as a Bic lighter out there.

By going outside, Mark and Patricia gave up any cover their big, stone house might have offered – and they were one thrown bottle or brick away from getting knocked out and trampled.

The smart thing to do would have been to take up a defensive position inside, using a windowsill for cover and concealment, to assess the threat the mob presented.

THEN they could have acted accordingly.

3. They Pointed Guns Too Early

This is the reason the prosecutor is looking for ANY reason to charge Mark and Patricia.

It turns out there’s a local law that may protect the couple from legal liability, because their entire gated community is private property.

(The mob broke-and-entered to get in there, so that might work to the couple’s advantage.)

In almost any other situation, though, you can’t just point a loaded gun at people who aren’t YET attacking you.

Yes, the mob made verbal threats, and it makes me just as angry as it makes you to see that happen – but our legal system will always react badly to you pointing a gun you aren’t justified in firing yet.

The other thing is that this couple were facing hundreds of people, and even if they HAD started shooting, they just might have been overrun.

That’s another reason that running outside, barefoot, made them vulnerable.

So… with potentially violent mobs forming all over the country, how do you PROTECT YOUR HOME without putting yourself in danger?

No matter what, it’s very difficult to fight off an entire mob of people.

But if you have no choice, especially if the mob has come to your doorstep, there are things you can do.

To do them, you need a home invasion plan.

And to defend your home against this type of violence requires EXTREME TACTICS in response.

When violent rioters or home invaders break down your door while you’re home, you may have to know. . .

  • How to escape from being tied up or handcuffed
  • How to use other family members to deceive your attackers
  • Methods for staging weapons in “secret hiding spots” within your home
  • How to trick home invaders into letting you go
    Ways to use “improvised weapons” to your advantage
  • And a LOT MORE.

These types of scenarios are EXACTLY why we created our “Extreme Home Defense Tactics” course – because we found that other home invasion survival techniques were either outdated… or frankly just fell far short of dealing with reality.

If you’d like to see more of what’s covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind, because a LOT of the training we’ve developed is WAAAAAY different than what you’ll find most instructors telling you to do.

But I can back up every last one of our techniques with more of these real-world home-invasion stories (some of which ended well, and others of which ended VERY badly).

I think you’ll see exactly why these tactics are superior for surviving a home invasion… or for sudden, violent riots and looting.

I look forward to hearing what you think… and I hope you and your family stay safe.

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MCS 307 – Mob Defense Mistakes

MCS 307 - Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Ken and Karen)
MCS 307 - Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Ken and Karen)
MCS 307 – Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Ken and Karen)

Have you heard about “Ken and Karen?”

They’re the couple with an AR15 who faced down a mob…

…And they’re lucky to be alive!

Their real names are Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

After confronting the mob, they’ve been targeted for harassment…

…and they might still face legal charges.

That’s because, while it’s great that they defend their home…

…They made some significant tactical and legal mistakes.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson to discuss how the McCloskeys should have done things differently… and what this means for you if YOU have to face down a mob.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Why relaxing in your home could put you at a disadvantage in a mob attack… and what you can do about it!
  • The reason you should avoid pointing a gun at an angry mob until the “last minute.”
  • What Mark and Patricia could have done differently to avoid being harassed by their local prosecutor.
  • The reason that confronting a mob could have led to Mark and Patricia being rushed and trampled… and how you can avoid the same danger!
  • The political and social implications of this famous viral incident.

We applaud Mark and Patricia for standing up and defending themselves.

We just want you to avoid the mistakes they made so you don’t put yourself and your family in legal danger.

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Multiple Attackers: Self-Defense Against Mobs (Who Do I Hit First?)

Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Facing multiple attackers is one of the most life-threatening encounters you could ever face.

Most training for street fights is done focusing on one-on-one attacks.

This isn’t realistic.

The REALITY is that, on the street, you are much more likely to be outnumbered.

Criminals choose odds that favor them.

Given the chance, they WILL outnumber you.

So who do you target first?

I talked to combat expert Moni Aizik about this scenario, and here is a summary of the advice he gave me.

Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Who Do I Hit First?

Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense
Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense

Moni Aizik

Obviously, when you are facing multiple attackers, you have to choose someone to hit.

You can’t hit them all at the same time.

So who’s it going to be?

Some instructors recommend attacking the “leader” of a group.

Some say to attack the loudest guy, who is probably the biggest bully.

Some say to attack the one who is armed.

While it varies from situation to situation, there actually isn’t a single right answer.

Here are three tips for facing multiple attackers.

1. Choose Your First Strike

If one attacker does seem dominant, it MIGHT be helpful to strike that person first.

Taking out the perceived leader of a group of thugs might take the spirit out of the others.

They might be taking their cues from the worst of them, and when he goes down, their resolve falters.

Then again, you might do just the opposite.

If one of the attackers seems quite weak, you might choose to hit him first in order to break through and escape.

It won’t necessarily cause the other attackers to pause if you take down the weakest one of them, but if it gives you the escape route you need to run through their ranks, then it doesn’t matter.

Whoever you do hit first, do so with maximum aggression.

Your life is on the line and you can’t afford to waste any time.

2. Know HOW To Hit

If you did hit someone in a multiple attackers scenario, are you confident they would go down?

Hitting someone ineffectively in that situation might make it that much WORSE for you.

If you just make them angry but don’t take them out, you’re in for a good stomping-to-death.

You absolutely need to know how to hit hard enough to knock someone out.

Knocking someone out puts them out of the fight as quickly as possible, allowing you to deal with the other threats.

It’s possible to do this with an open palm, which prevents you from breaking your knuckles.

Use fakes and checks, drawing attention or pushing the attacker in one direction, then hitting from another.

It’s all about learning to move in and around multiple attackers quickly.

3. Stay Mobile!

To do that moving around, though, you can’t afford to get rooted to one spot.

It’s the simplest thing in the world to say, but you MUST stay mobile.

Don’t stand in one spot!

Moving targets are better able to avoid attacks while seeking a better position from which to flee.

Keep moving so you’re a harder target to hit… and when you find your opening, make a break to escape.

Remember… failure means getting stomped to death!

Don’t let it happen to you.

The time to train for a multiple attacker scenario is now, before you face such a threat.

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