COVID-19, the coronavirus, is causing some people to do crazy things — like fight each other over hand sanitizer and toilet paper in the aisles of Walmart and other stores. The declaration of the global pandemic has got some people spooked and others acting irrationally. If you see violence breaking out, don’t get involved. All of your training and discussions about situational awareness tell you to get away from such scenes, as they can quickly escalate — sometimes into gunfire.

At this point, nothing at any of these big-box stores is worth fighting over. Remember that self-defense starts with avoiding problems. When you enter a store, look for all the exits — not just the door you came in. Always be thinking about how you will get to good cover. Keep your family (especially kids) close. Teenagers want to wander. Don’t let them. You need to be able to move as a group if you want to make an efficient escape. You might also want to carry a get-home bag (check out Into the Fray, Episode 98) with you when you venture out. You never know when people will get crazy. Civil unrest often happens during times of uncertainty. This definitely qualifies.

Keep Moving

When you see a situation begin to get out of control, look for an exit, gather your family and get out. If someone wants the roll of toilet paper in your shopping cart, let it go. Toilet paper factories will make more. As always, it is important to use your head and keep from getting caught up in violence that is not your business.

About Kevin Michalowski

Concealed Carry Magazine Executive Editor Kevin Michalowski is a fully certified law enforcement officer, patrolling rural Wisconsin in his spare time. A Certified Trainer through the USCCA and the NRA, he has participated in training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor. Kevin is passionate about the concealed carry lifestyle, studying the legal, ethical and moral aspects of the use of force in self-defense. He is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course and has worked as a professional witness and consultant.