Protecting your health requires protecting yourself from injury also, and protecting yourself from injury means protection against predators. Since human beings are apex predators and fear little from non-human animals, the most important predators from whom we requite protection are other human beings. While I haven’t gone even close to all out in the pursuit of self-defense like some survivalists have, I do consider a couple of things to be two essential items for personal defense.
A flashlight is essential not just against human predators, but in case of power outages, the Apocalypse, and other annoyances.
Against attackers, a flashlight that blinds them can give you the advantage. A few years ago I bought one called a ProTac Tactical Flashlight.
The ProTac 1L is just over 3 inches long, weighs 0.13 lbs, and has high, low, and strobe variations for its light. It’s very bright. I remember many years ago I had a Mag Light, one of those huge flashlights that cops used to (maybe still do) carry, and the ProTac is, as far as I can tell, just as bright, and weighs far less. (Of course, the Mag Light can double as a weapon, which outdoes the ProTac in that department.)
A few weeks ago, I had some nefarious looking dudes in my neighborhood. They may have just been partying, but were parked just across from my house sitting in their car, and I didn’t want them there. So I went outside and shined my ProTac at their car. One of the guys got out and told me to stop shining my light at them, but of course I didn’t, and after a few moments, they decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and they left.
This light can also blind an attacker at night.
Pepper spray makes a nice personal defense weapon. I bought a set of four cans of Police Magnum Pepper Spray, and have them around my house, plus one in my car.
These cans contain 3 ounces of pepper spray. I haven’t had the opportunity to use them on anyone yet, and hope I don’t.
These items don’t obviate the need for a gun, but they’re an essential first step I believe, especially for those who might not want to take the step of getting one or who have difficulty in doing so – legal obstacles, for instance. But I do own one.
I’m not an aficionado of self-defense, and I live in a relatively low-crime area, so I don’t feel the need to become one. Nevertheless, those of you who are and who know more about this can feel free to tell me where I may be wrong.