The following video clip shot January 28, 2010, in a Seattle bus tunnel should make it clear that when the SHTF, the only person you will have to depend on is yourself (or family and close friends if they are near by).
King 5 News reports that this teenager was attacked by a single individual, though a “crew” of ten others were involved. Note the male in the green jacket, who takes the teen’s purse and other belongings.
Directly prior to the beating, the teenager signals to a security guard that a group is threatening her, yet the security guards stand down as she is subsequently attacked and beaten.
This just happened to be caught on tape. But situations like this happen to thousands of innocent victims throughout the country daily. Who can you depend on once the government outlaws your right to carry a weapon and police response times are too slow to provide any help at the time a crime is occurring to you?
Sometimes, mace and pepper spray are not enough, especially if multiple individuals are involved in the assault.
For those who do not have the ability to carry a firearm, self defense classes or martial arts, no matter your age, could one day save your life.