Re: Pocket sticks, kubotons, koppo...
Drop the attitude, kid. I strongly suspect that you're not really understanding your "LEO buddies" advice. They're not saying don't carry a knife or other item that is an effective self defense tool, I suspect. They're saying that anything you carry should be at least superficially "dual purpose" like a Kubotan key chain, a pocket knife that doesn't scream "KILLER COMBAT FOLDER KNIFE!!", a flashlight, and so on. I'd also suggest that someone "going into law" isn't a good source for legal guidance. You can certainly menace or threaten someone with ANYTHING that can do harm, especially any sort of knife; that ain't news.
Originally Posted by CuongNhuka
Pens are decent improvised self defense tools; they can do pretty impressive damage, especially if they're solidly constructed. But they are IMPROVISED; they aren't going to do as well. A zip gun is an improvised firearm; it hasn't got the range or accuracy of a Colt 1911 or any other real pistol, though both'll get you dead.
Here's a simple fact: People are going to disagree with you. Some of them are going to know more than you. (Incidentally -- I just did a quick search, and had no trouble finding various Kubotans for under $10.) You're still young and inexperienced. And fist-length sticks are fantastic self defense tools, because they're hard to view as a scary, evil weapon... The biggest drawback is that they require you to be in very close range to use them.
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