These are dangerous times. And since you cant just keep throwing your wallet at attackers and running, you'd better learn to defend yourself. Here are seven tools that, in Australia, would very likely get you arrested. But in the US — you'd be free to walk the mean streets without fear. Amerrrica!
The latest generation of Taser drops an attacker with 50,000 volts. It uses a compressed nitrogen projection system to deliver its shaped charges up to 4.5m (and through up to an inch of clothing, flesh, or whathaveyou) while the T-Wave technology allows it to work even through bullet-proof vests. If you miss with the projectiles, you can still use the X26C as a standard, close-range stun gun. $US1000.
Habanero peppers have a rating of 350,000 Scoville Heat Units. Wildfire Defensive Spray has a rating of 3,000,000 SHU. Containing 18 per cent Oleo Resin Capsicum, this stuff burns like gonorrhoea of the eyes. $US30.
Remember those cutesy "Glow Rods" the police of New Angeles used in Demoliton Man? This is the Glow Rod's pissed off cousin, LeRoy. The Mini Stun Baton delivers a whopping 4.5 million volts - just activating it is enough to set the air crackling with current. 3-5 seconds of contact is enough to leave an assailant twitching on the ground for a solid five minutes; giving you plenty of time to tie him up, call the cops, and maybe make a sandwich if you're feeling peckish. $US65.
Just because you're the "intended victim" doesn't mean you have to fight alone. Activate the 130db screamer on this personal alarm to alert everyone within earshot, living or dead, to your plight. Then use the included torch while you make a run for it. $US15.
The Kubaton is an ancient self-defence device consisting of a 5.5-inch cylinder (originally made of wood or stone, they're mostly now made of aluminium or steel). The Kubaton adds add power to normal punches (by preventing your fist from compressing as much, transferring more force into the target) and its pointed end can also be used to get all stabby an attacker's vital points. If used properly, a Kubaton will allow you to drop, even potentially kill, your assailant with a single strike. $US5-$US30.
If you're having trouble fitting a 6" Kubaton into your skinny jeans, get yourself a tactical pen. Shaped and used just like a Kubaton, the Benchmade 1100 terminates in a vicious carbide tip. $US120
Originally developed by long-haul truckers as a means of quickly testing their tire pressure, the Tire Thumper is equally effective testing the pressure inside an attacker's skull. Essentially a sawed-off Louisville, the Thumper is constructed from 19 inches of cedar and makes an imposing bludgeon as you swing wildly and yell out quotes from "Over the Top" $US23.