Self defence in many states is a bit of a problem. For instance, I live in California which is one of the more restrictive states. Now I am no expert on all the laws, but I have a rough idea of what you can use for self defense in this state. So I am going to throw out a few ideas for people who can’t carry or possess a firearm.
Now in California, you can’t carry a firearm on you without a concealed weapons permit. If you are carrying one in your vehicle without a permit, it needs to be locked up and out of your control as well as unloaded. Concealed weapon permits are not the easiest things to get in many parts of the state. I am sure that similar laws apply in some other states.
Then there is the portion of the population that can’t own a firearm for one of several reason, felony convictions or mental problems. These reasons may not preclude you needing to defend yourself or your home. Check on the laws where you live and find out what you can legally carry or possess.
For instance in California you can’t legally possess a billy club or nightstick, it is a felony even in your own home. But you can own cutlasses, swords, spears or tomahawks. If you carry a baseball bat or axe handle in your car for protection it can be prosecuted as a felony. But if you have the same bat with a ball and glove and are carrying it to play baseball it is legal. In this state, some police officers if they stop you and see something that could be used as a weapon they will ask you if you carry it for protection. If you say yes, you may be prosecuted. Be very careful what you say to the police.
In your home, you have more leeway. I would strongly suggest that if you don’t have a firearm, that you keep one of the following next to your bed and maybe in other parts of your home. These could include a baseball bat, cutlass, sword, large knife, tomahawk or even a hammer. At night keep one of the new super bright flashlights with your choice of weapons. Shining the light directly in someone’s eyes in the dark will effectively block their night vision and may even temporarily blind them. This give you an advantage over someone who may be younger, faster and stronger than you. It will only give you this advantage if you act. Do not hesitate to defend yourself. Strike quickly, hard and often.
Now some will say go out and study martial arts and I do not disagree with this advice. In years past I have studied them myself. If you can do this, it is great, but for some it is not practical. This can be due to age or physical condition or even lack of time. But still set up the best defense you can. Don’t just quit.
Now I know that I have cited California as my example, but I am sure some other states have laws that are as ridiculous. Know the self defence laws in your state and avoid violating them if at all possible.