It would seem desirable to devise a system which would make sure, first, that the riot would stop; and second, that only the leaders would feel the weight of social disapproval.
Let us consider such a means – the 22-caliber rimfire rifle. This weapon, properly sighted and equipped with a noise suppressor, may be used with surgical delicacy to neutralize mob leaders without risk to other members of the group, without noise and with scant danger of death to the subject. A low-velocity 22 bullet in the lung will not knock a man down, and in these days of modern antisepsis it will almost never kill him if he can get to a hospital in a reasonable time. It will, however, absolutely terminate his interest in leading a riot.
— Jeff Cooper, To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth
While I did not agree with all of Cooper’s opinions, I did admire him. Some of his techniques and advice have become dated — decades on — but for his time he was at the leading edge, honing that edge. But other things he had to say are timeless. Like the concept expressed above.
As we saw in Kenosha, Wisconsin, rioters do settle down a bit once their intended targets put a few of them down. But I think a slight modification of Cooper’s suggestion would work, without events having to escalate to the Rittenhouse Solution level.
- .22 LR rifle
- Scope with night vision capability (since the scumbags seem to wait for cover of darkness)
- Standard or high velocity cartridges (here I differ from the Colonel)
- Laser sight (you’ll see)
In our present circumstances, the law enforcement sniper teams will be looking for the embedded organizers; the agitators. The coordinators on bikes, the guys with the Bluetooth earpieces. The ones handing out bricks. Directing the mob down a particular street. The guy pointing and shouting, “Over there! Get the fascist!” but whom never seems to act himself until the mob is fully engaged and he has cover. The professional riot managers. Yes, the Pantifa scum are that organized. They are in the crowds actively conspiring, encouraging, inciting, and participating in acts of violence. They are criminals; legitimate LE targets.
When the snipers have ID’d the coordinating offenders, light them up with the laser sight. Give them a few seconds to notice. Given Pantifa’s use of green laser pointers, I recommend red lasers so they will know the difference.
Then kneecap them. Another point where I differ from Cooper.
I suspect that these organizing agitators will take the message after a few of them take knee damage. Simply lasering them may become sufficient deterrence; especially if they glance down and see a dozen dancing dots on their chests. If not, you still have a magazine full of cartridges.
After a few such incidents, just putting up posters of red-dotted knees may be amusing.
If you are concerned about the legality of such an action by police, check your state’s use of force laws. In my state, the use of deadly force is authorized not merely to defend your own life, but that of others, and to stop a forcible felony.
The aggravated assaults, arson, bombings, and destruction of buildings in the typical Pantifa riot are forcible felonies. Those laser pointers they use to to flash eyes? I investigated them; they are Class 3B lasers and can inflict permanent retinal damage; blindness. That is serious bodily harm; forcible felony. Laws varying, and this tactic may not be appropriate in your area.
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