Indianpolits Star columnist Matt Tully encountered a pretty classic mugging election night -- he was downtown near the Circle when two men asked directions, followed him a bit and then one of them hit him on the head!
Mr. Tully ran into the street, yelling, escaping unscathed other than the initial blow.
Matt, y'know what would have made a difference?
(Wait for it, wait for it...)
Situational-frikkin'-awareness. Like you might learn from a self-defense course. Those two guys were following a pattern and had you recognized it, you probably could have avoided getting hit.
You thought I was gonna say "gun," didn't you? Look, a gun's really handy -- if you know what you're doing. If you're not even aware enough to know you're being sized up (for crime, I mean), being armed probably won't help. (Well, other than as a reminder to try'n avoid situations where you might be shootin' at somebody.)
They say "a Republican is a Democrat who's been mugged." I would not hold my breath -- they also say, "The leopard cannot change his shorts."* Ooo, nice animal-print, Matt!
* They only say that version on Discworld, actually.
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