Urban survival can be incredibly challenging.
Major metropolitan areas provide different threats than areas that aren’t as densely populated.
Here are some tips that will help you survive one particularly risky urban environment.
As gun control measures have increased, so has the number of gun-free zones.
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, 98% of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones.
Data collected by Crime Prevention Research Center president and gun rights expert John Lott showed that only two mass shootings since 1950 occurred in public areas where citizens were permitted to carry guns.
These stats destroy the gun grabbers’ arguments about gun-free zones providing more safety for the public.
Gun-free zones are soft targets for mass shooters because they know a good guy with a gun won’t be there to stop them.
If you find yourself in a gun-free zone, here are some tips that could help you should a terrifying mass shooting break out.
The most important thing to have is good situational awareness.
Be mindful of your surroundings and potential threats.
Also, know where all of the exits are in case the area needs to be evacuated quickly.
If you find yourself in a crowd when panic breaks out, try to stay on the outskirts so you aren’t trapped in the congested middle.
It’s much easier to get stampeded if you’re stuck in the muck.
Use your ears to try and assess where the danger is if you can’t see it with your own eyes.
If you can’t escape and your only option is to confront a shooter in close quarters, there are a few different weapons you might be able to use.
First, is a tactical pen.
While serving as an effective writing implement, a tactical pen is an effective stabbing weapon against someone intent on doing you harm.
Titanium tactical pens are sturdy, resilient, and resistant to corrosion.
The practicality of the tactical pen makes it a good item for your everyday carry (EDC) stock.
The next weapon is the taser.
Tasers are a reasonable alternative to handguns because they provide a small bit of range, and can incapacitate an assailant effectively.
Tasers can stun your attacker from up to 15 feet away, which gives you an opportunity to either disarm them, or flee to safety.
Another potential self-defense weapon is a collapsible steel baton.
Steel batons expand from just under a foot to nearly three feet, providing you with a weapon that can be concealed relatively easily, and can do considerable damage to an attacker if used effectively.
Steel batons can incapacitate or mar an attack with one calculated strike if you know how to wield it properly.
Engaging a shooter with these short-area weapons is certainly not ideal, but they could make a difference if you can catch him by surprise.
Also, be sure that these items are legal in your jurisdiction, as some areas even have strict prohibitions against these simple life-saving weapons.