One of my biggest pet peeves is whenever someone says they’re concerned about their personal security, the first response is “oh you should get a gun.” You know what? Maybe you shouldn’t. What you should do is a comprehensive assessment of the risks you may face, and the force you’re willing to use to defend yourself from those risks. For some people that means a gun. For some it may just mean pepper spray. But you’ll never know if you don’t 1) create a plan, and 2) get training to enact that plan.