Improvised Weapons

This past weekend I dragged my boyfriend to an outlet mall…just to “look”. One of the items I was checking out was an oversized handbag. You know the kind, where you can fit anything you would need should you unexpectedly become trapped on a desert island. I don’t recall his exact reaction to my love of this bag, though I do recall the words “suitcase” and “insane” being thrown around. Little did he know that this bag and its’ contents could save my life. Yes. Save my life.

On any given day you can likely find a hairbrush, blackberry, keys, sewing kit, pens, spare heels, a belt and a camera in my handbag. If it’s been one of “those” weeks, you can also add a hairdryer and a can of soup I grabbed for lunch. These items all serve a purpose in my daily life, but in a life threatening attack they can also become improvised weapons.

Think for a moment what you could do with those keys, that pen, or those heels. Would it be more effective to hit someone with a bare hand, or one with a hard object such as a cell phone or camera? Perhaps even my soup (If you’ve ever improperly stocked your cabinet, you know what that feels like when it hits)! My hairbrush is no joke either. I certainly would not want to be on the receiving end of a blow from that. If someone caught me on a hair dryer day…well…that’s a Ceramic Pro 2000, so good luck to you.

I was recently reminded by an amazing 17 year old girl who lives not too far from me about how the tools we keep on hand in our everyday lives can help us when we find ourselves in a dangerous situation.  The young woman, a member of her school’s marching band, was attacked by two assailants who tried to mug her as she walked to school. The girl punched one of the men in the nose, kicked the other in the groin and beat both with the marching band baton she remembered was in the bag she was carrying. This gave her enough time to run to safety. Deputies searched the area around the school for the muggers, looking for a man who was holding his bloodied nose and the other limping.

It’s an important lesson to muggers everywhere- don’t mess with women and our handbags! You never know what’s in there…

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