if my life or well being was in danger, my weapon would be a gift of the camera and tripod. Then I'd leave quickly.
That's not a weapon, that's a concession.
I live in CA so the laws here aren't too far off from yours.
Still, if you're unarmed and someone wants you dead then you're dead almost all of the time.
If you're armed and someone wants you dead you've at least got a fighting chance and, if trained, a damn good one.
As mentioned above situational awareness is key and "condition white" is your biggest enemy, but if your life is on the line you want the best odds possible...
Here in Florida while we where trying to get the Jack Hagler Self Defense act passed there where dire predictions by media of fender benders turning into wild west shootouts and domestic arguments becoming bloodbaths, the reality is in the years after the act was passed violent crime dropped, at least against the locals.
DING! We have a winnah!
It's not the odds, it's the stakes. The stakes in self protection are literally life-or-death. The odds don't matter one bit to me. I carry the most important tool with me everywhere, that's my brain. I carry the second-most important tool, that is some sort of force multiplier, everywhere it is legal for me to do so. It is not because I believe something might happen that would require me to defend myself, but because I may be killed if I do not prepare myself for the possibility.
Almost perfectly said. One correction - here in the states there is nowhere that it is legitimately illegal to carry your "force multiplier."
Plenty of places and folks think otherwise and I'll agree in advance that it's not a fight that anyone can really win, but that doesn't change reality and the law of the land one iota.