Originally Posted by jjones45
Say you're walking through a neighborhood minding your own business not breaking any laws and someone started following you. After you're sure you're being followed what do you do? Stand your ground, run away, scream for help? Please be honest.
Depends on who it is. If it's Salma Hayek I ain't goin anywhere.
Seriously, like CourtJester says, ask them. But whatever you do, do not let them approach within striking/grappling distance of you. Keep your distance. Assume a "fence" posture, that is, feet apart, hands about waist high, palms out. Assertive, not aggressive, but a stance from which you can easily transition into a fighting/shooting stance. Your next move depends on his. If it's threatening and you have the opportunity to call 911, do so. Just calling may make him retreat. If he brandishes a firearm or a knife and you are also armed, all bets are off: now is the time to draw your weapon and order him to back off. If he doesn't, shoot.
If he is armed with a knife and you are unarmed, run.
If he is armed with a gun and you are not, run, and put as many obstacles between him and yourself as possible. If his plan is to kill you, he's going to kill you faster if you stand there and let him.
If you are not armed and he is, and he demands your wallet, throw it on the ground away from him and run. Chances are he'll go for the wallet before he goes for you. It may buy you some time.
If you are a woman or a small person and your attacker tries to take you anywhere, chances are he's going to kill you. You need to break away.
You have the legal right to defend yourself and to use the force necessary to eliminate the threat. I urge everyone to look into courses in basic unarmed combat and self defense. Whether you carry a gun or not, it's very important to learn and practice some simple basic moves and techniques for dealing with grabs, kicks and punches, learn some striking methods, locks, controls and take-downs, throws, deflections, etc. If Zimmerman had bothered to learn self defense against an unarmed attacker, he might not be in the center of a sh*tstorm now. You don't have to study martial arts for 10 years to learn how to defend yourself. You can learn the basics in a few weeks of instruction and practice.
Obviously, the best fight is the one you don't have. Learning to defuse and de-escalate confrontations before they erupt into violence is the most important part of self defense. Carrying a firearm is great protection. Knowing how to fight is a good insurance policy.