As Civilization Breaks Down while Authorities Repudiate Constitutional Rights to Self Defense and Police Are Only Cleanup Crews— Enter the Cane
re: self defense
Civilization is the situation where we can live with minimal concern for being harmed or having property stolen. We no longer live in a civilized society but halfway down the road to anarchy.
See It’s Getting Dangerous for Photographers in California for background.
It’s not safe to walk the streets any more, or even be in some areas outdoor, like parks. What does a woman or elderly person or just about anyone do, given the awesome legal jeopardy that comes even with any use of a gun, even when you do everything by the rules?
The only practical solution that cannot be prohibited from you using it is a cane. A few weeks of training, and even granny can fend off a thug. And for many elderly, it’s of utility each and every day.
Its best value is probably as a deterrent, assuming the criminal (a) knows the cane could be used as a weapon, (b) thinks you know how to use it as a weapon, and (c) makes a decision from a distance to leave you be. But obviously, all bets are off if someone walks towards you with a gun drawn.
I’m 67.5 years old, and I don’t have the reflexes to keep up with a 20 year old thug. If it ends up being close quarters and he grabs one end of the cane, I wouldn’t have the strength to wrench it back from him. Also, as you start approaching age 70, there is also the risk of sudden movements triggering a heart attack, unless you practice with the cane for 30 minutes every day. Now, that’s a thought – possibly combine exercise with the cane.
All said and done, it’s probably worth getting one, though. It won’t help if someone is out to mug you, but it could be a useful weapon to defend against some drug addict who decides to attack you. You could get the Rolls Royce version of a cane for $200-300, and that would last a lifetime!
This is one defensive weapon I probably will get. At some point, I’ll likely need one anyway, so having one now simply means I get more utility out of it.
WIND: a visible defense mechanism is indeed the best deterrent, but you do have to train to use it effectively. A cane is also an exercise tool, and thus great for travel anywhere and everywhere.
According to a 65 year old friend, who knows such things and carries a cane, hardened criminals will cross the street and avoid you if you are carrying a defensive cane and show any confidence—they know what they are dealing with—it's a thing. An ordinary criminal might not know though, but after a blow in self defense, they'll remember it.
A cane does not require a lot of strength, just fluid motion. Addition of "sharks teeth" or similar hugely increases impact pressure. Get a "DOJO cane" for practice as it will get dropped a lot and banged up while you master the skillset over a few weeks.
A really top end defensive cane with the rare ultra high grade wood (clear hickory heartwood) with all the trimmings can run over $500. But that is only for those who want function and art in one. Even the $45 Dojo cane gets the job done. A good cane will last a lifetime if high quality to start (eg oak or hickory). A good oak or hickory cane can easily destroy a typical metal cane and can withstand a crowbar swung with heavy force. Don’t buy a junk cane and expect anything but a failure.
Exercise is indeed a thing with a cane: