Lesson One: Don't go to a state fair on a night that you might reasonably expect a higher likelihood of this sort of issue.
If I'm at a county or state fair, I'm with family, so that places some limits on my range of options. I will not - cannot - abandon my family to a mob to help out another victim. If I was alone, knowing myself, I probably would go to a victim's aid if there was even the slightest chance of rendering effective assistance.
If attacked, I WILL be in fear for my life and will defend myself with all vigor, using any and all tools at my disposal.
This commentary is from a columnist who just happened upon the scene and got clocked in the face for his troubles:
All my wife and I could feel was sadness.
...I know I can't relate to whatever it is that incited and enraged those kids. But our conversation on the way home was that we wished we could have taken the kid who hit me home with us and shown him care, concern and support.
Here we are, living in the same city . . . . but a world apart.
"All we are saaaaaaying, is give peace a chance"