“And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” ~Genesis 4:8
My gal and I are both full-time educators. It’s our profession at work (school) and our hobby at home with 4H, AWANAS, and the NRA/CCW courses. We love what we do, but our state and federal laws do not… so we are left unarmed in victim zones full of students each day. I’m sure many of you find yourselves in situations and places where concealed carry, or even the carrying of other defensive weapons is not allowed.
So what do you do when you’re still a law-abiding citizen who has been disarmed by obedience to the laws that others ignore? Well, I’ve worked with my gals for years to think about “what ifs” and visualize various scenarios where you might have to defend yourself without you firearm or even your knife. I bet if you start to look around, you’ll find all sorts of benign objects that with the right mindset can become excellent tools for self-defense.
If your mindset is ready, then assess your inventory of self-defense tools that you might already have in close proximity to your desk, your workspace, and even your vehicle. Some states still consider an expandable baton like the ASP a concealed weapon in the hands of and otherwise upstanding citizen. A piece of steel pipe can be a legal problem for some when encountered by law enforcement, but nobody questions a simple MagLite flashlight which can deliver quite a wallop upside the head of some thug.
Sometimes the keys in your hand, a pen, scissors, hammer, book, or even a pencil can be used as a defensive weapon when nothing else is available. Even if you have company vehicle, like some of my friends do, where there are anti self-defense policies in place… you can still keep acceptable tools and objects ready-at-hand if you need to defend yourself.
So as you’re getting prepared for what could or might happen, especially when you work where they prefer to give the criminals the upper-hand… What steps have you taken for self-defense? Are you ready when all you have are… Rock, Paper, Scissors for Self-Defense?