Anything can be used as a weapon in a pinch. This goes back
to always being aware of your surroundings, paying attention
to both people and objects in the immediate vicinity. We
are not talking about being paranoid, but like I’ve said
before, a little healthy and controlled paranoia keeps you
out of the hospital or worse.
A good illustration of this is a story I heard awhile back
from a self defense product supplier.
Basically this woman, we will call her Julie, was preparing
dinner for herself, her husband and some visiting guests.
The guests were due in from the airport and her husband left
to go pick them up, which would have given her just enough
time to have dinner finished when they arrived at the house.
While preparing the meal, including a paprika-crusted
chicken main course, Julie realized she was out of paprika.
Only a few minutes from the store, Julie quickly finished up
some prep work, left the potatoes cooking in the oven and
ran out the door for her 10 minute round trip to the grocery
store. She made it to the store, grabbed her missing spice
and hurried to the checkout.
As she was leaving the store, she glanced at her watch as
she walked to he car and noticed she was making perfect
time. She drove home and pulled into her driveway in about
10 minutes. While pulling into the driveway, she noticed she
left her garage door wide open in her rush to leave.
The thought quickly crossed Julie’s mind that it was a good
thing her husband wasn’t around, he hates it when she
leaves the garage door open, even for a little while.
Unbeknownst to her, the open garage door invited some creep
to take a closer look at the garage’s contents. When the
headlights entered the driveway, the creep ducked behind
some boxes without Julie seeing him.
As Julie entered the garage, the creep jumped out and
charged towards her, knocking her into the wall. The impact
caused her to drop her purse and grocery bag, but she was
ok. Coincidentally, Julie did have a canister of pepper
spray, but it was inconveniently stored at the bottom of
her purse, now on the ground.
Conveniently, the shelf next to her, which she was lucky not
to slam into moments before, contained a wide variety of
aerosol cans of spray paint, bug spray and other household
Julie quickly grabbed the first can she could reach, which
happened to be an uncapped can of foaming wasp killer with a
20 foot reach. She didn’t need quite that distance as the
attacker was only a few feet away, but you would have
thought he was a wasp the way he collapsed to the ground and
screamed in pain.
With the assailant disabled, Julie quickly entered her house
locked the door and called the police. Her husband and
dinner guests arrived just as the police were driving away
with the apprehended creep. Dinner was only a few minutes
How many times have you used the handle of a screwdriver or
the head of a wrench to put a small nail in the wall? For
hanging a picture frame in a pinch, sure. But what about if
you are building a shed or a deck? What about replacing the
roof on the house? How fast would you fire the roofer
tacking your shingles with roofing nails and a crescent
If you get into the habit of always carrying your pepper
spray or stun gun, you can count on it being available and
ready to use when you need it, as long as it is not buried
at the bottom of your purse or zipped in the inside pocket
of your jacket. Don’t assume that some makeshift weapon
will appear out of thin air when you need it, but in a pinch
you need to use what is available to you, at that second.
Yell for help, poke or rake their eyes with your fingers or
keys. Grab a handful of dirt, mud or rocks. Throw your bag
of groceries. Do whatever necessary to buy yourself the few
extra seconds necessary to get away or subdue your attacker.
Personally I’d rather have pepper spray or a stun gun. A
tool designed for that type of situation.
now to take control of the situation before it gets out of
hand. Most of the time, attackers don’t expect you to
fight back, and when you do, you significantly increase the
chance they they will give up or become unsuccessful in
committing the crime to the extent possible.
It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
Yours in safety,
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