Did you know that everyday you carry with you a powerful secret weapon? This is a weapon that you never leave your home without and yet you probably don't even realize it is a weapon. You brandish this weapon in people's faces everyday and no one ever feels threatened. You may have been able to guess by now what that weapon is but for those who haven't, I'll end the suspense now. It is your cell phone.
"What? My cell phone?" Yes. Your cell phone. Think about it. Your cell phone can instantly summon law enforcement officers (oftentimes a crucial element in surviving a violent encounter), can take pictures of the scene and the perpetrators or do the same with a video recording. It can also be used as a bludgeoning device if need be. Yes, it may break. But I'll break my phone any day if necessary to protect myself and my family.
The great thing about cell phones is that everyone is accustomed to them. Holding them in your hand is common. Sadly, even eating dinner with them is commonplace. In other words, nobody is alarmed or threatened by seeing your cell phone "brandished." But warriors know that they are holding a weapon. A very versatile one at that.
As a warrior, you can "soup up" your cell phone to make it even more effective as a weapon. Companies produce and sell cell phone hip cases that have blades on them and some phones even have pocket knife-type blades attached to them. These types of blades will 9.9 times out of 10 be used for mundane, everyday activities like opening boxes, cutting a loose strand from your clothes, or even opening "easy-to-open" plastic packaging.
Warrior Speaker recommends that you arm yourself but to do so responsibly. Carrying firearms is not appropriate for everyone; particularly those who do not intend to actively train with their firearm. One additional tool to add to your toolbox is your cell phone. You can "tactical-ize" it if you want, or simply keep it as is, but start viewing your cell phone as a protection tool.
Here are some quick tips for maximizing your use of your cell phone as a protective device:
1) Practice calling 9-1-1. How quickly can you dial 9-1-1 (smartphone or not) so that help can be summoned? Under stress, this is no easy task. You must practice this motion so that it becomes muscle memory. Practice doing it with both hands and all different fingers. You never know if a certain hand or fingers will be injured or completely incapacitated before you dialed for help. Practice dialing and swiping with all fingers of both hands.
2) Carry your phone on your body somewhere you can access it quickly. Buried in the depths of a deep pocket while sitting down is probably a bad place. Because nobody will feel threatened by your phone, place it on the table next to you while sitting down at a restaurant (or other similar place). Keep it close so that you can grab it quickly. Try to figure out the best position you can place it in for quick dialing of 9-1-1 depending on whether you are standing, sitting, or lying down.
Your mind's eye is now awakened to the fact that your cell phone can serve as a protection tool. Explore this avenue further on your own to discover how to maximize it's use for you.
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