In every society, there is always a portion of the public that for one reason or another doesn’t own firearms. This may be because of laws prohibiting them, finances or simple a lack of a desire or a pacifistic nature.
When push finally comes to shove as it has in parts of the East Coast and a weapon is needed the lack of a firearm doesn’t prevent you from getting a weapon, it merely means that you do not have the best choice.
Many things we normally have around the house can be readily adapted. A weapon is a tool and many items you have in your home can serve. I had my wife take a quick couple of minute survey of our home to see what she could find that could be used as a weapon. I purposely limited the areas that she could look. She did not go to the garage or look through the yard tools. Our preps were also off limits. I wanted it to be more like someone looking in a normal home or apartment. I told her there was no time to alter the items she picked, they had to serve as is.
She found quite a few things that could be improvised in a hurry. If you included the garage and yard tools, there would be a lot bigger pile. This goes to prove one thing you cannot create a weaponless sociality. A weapon is only a tool and such things as a rock have served effectively when correctly used.
A weapon is always more efficient when you get to practice with it. Develop some skill. In watching the news I notice that many people in New York and New Jersey are defending their property with whatever is available. I have seen reports of people with bows and arrows, machetes and baseball bats. If they are available, firearms are always your best choice. Pepper spray and good batons are a good alternative to lethal force. But the bottom line is if you can’t have firearms, improvise. Don’t just give up.