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Shields in Contemporary Self and Crowd Defense

We all saw the video of the Based Stick­man Kyle Chap­man. And, I’m sure we all liked the shield. He made great choic­es with his gear. But the shield real­ly stood out to me.

I have been think­ing about the use of bal­lis­tic shields since the New­ton Mas­sacre, and I was very pleased to see one being put to use–even it was only ply­wood.

So, I made a cou­ple videos which bring togeth­er my legal and mar­tial arts train­ing. As a lawyer, I like the defen­sive aspect of the shield for avoid­ing legal dif­fi­cul­ties. As a per­son who trains for defense, I like the idea of shield­ing from blows.

After build­ing them, how­ev­er, I went back to an old stan­dard that was taught to be almost twen­ty years ago—the back­pack and the book.

I know it doesn’t sound very intim­i­dat­ing, but using a back­pack for defense is sur­pris­ing­ly effec­tive. And, as I high­light in the videos, you don’t need to go to the hard­ware store and build your own straps.

A shield, even the well-designed one fea­tured in my video, isn’t very good for defend­ing from blows. The legs are vul­ner­a­ble, the arm it’s tied to is slow to respond, and the bal­ance is all wrong. It is how­ev­er, great for defend­ing against thrown objects like rocks, bot­tles, and pep­per spray.

But so is a back­pack with some­thing rigid inside of it. You might use a large book, a bal­lis­tic back­pack insert from, a piece of ply­wood as shown in the video, or a zip binder. You can hold it over your head to avoid get­ting hit with a rock. You can jab with it if attack­ers are close by, pro­vid­ed you don’t have any­thing else in the bag. And you can stop bul­lets with it if you have the insert.

If peo­ple are gear­ing up to show sup­port for Trump and refuse to be dri­ven into silence by left­ists, con­sid­er your local laws and the ben­e­fits of emp­ty­ing every­thing from your back­pack and insert­ing a bal­lis­tic insert. That way you can defend your­self with­out look­ing like an extra from Mad Max.

Author: Matthew Nolan: attor­ney, prod­uct design­er, busi­ness con­sul­tant, and man­ag­er of Crowd Defense

This is being pro­vid­ed for infor­ma­tion­al pur­pos­es only because the laws of your juris­dic­tion may dif­fer. The infor­ma­tion here­in is based on gen­er­al legal prin­ci­ples and is not intend­ed for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing spe­cif­ic legal advice or opin­ions. Under no cir­cum­stances does this con­si­titue the estab­lish­ment of an attor­ney-client rela­tion­ship.

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Matthew Nolan: Attorney, Product Designer, Business Consultant, and Manager of Crowd Defense.

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