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Old 07-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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Notify someone. Loved one. Police. And give characteristics of the person. And make sure your safety is off
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Stop, grab my CC with my right hand (in right front pocket), ask the person what their intentions are, wait for a response. If the response is acceptable (neighborhood watch, police officer...), carry on. If the response is unacceptable, grab cell phone with left hand, dial 911. Wait for response.
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I'd ask them why they were following me.
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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.
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i keep walking until they confront me,why would you do anything other than that.maybe if anything call a friend or family member or a non emergency number just to give someone a heads up,but anything more than that really is going to escalate a situation that may not need be escalated.
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Calling someone is probably good. Bright flashlights are small and cheap.

Walk faster, force them to keep up.


If they catch me, oh well, somebody was involved in the

slave trade in America 200 years ago, which entitles them

with the DOJ SUPPORTED right to rob, rape,

AND BEAT ME TO DEATH.
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It would depend on many factors. How close the person is to me. Is there only one. If I could get a glimpse of this person, what does their body language tell me. At the very least I would keep walking and call 911, if I hadn't forgotten my cell phone.
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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.
None of the above. I would just continue to to mind my business and be aware of my environment. 'following' someone is not illegal, immoral, or unethical. Do not 'initiate a confrontation' unless you are forced to by the the other persons
'threatening' behavior.
If you are 'afraid' than runaway!
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I'd keep an eye on the follower and be ready in case things get out of hand.

Or maybe try to sell him a set of...
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