Web Extra: What self-defense tools work, what doesn’t


It’s not easy to spot, but Alyssa Gibson’s skull claw keychain goes with her everywhere.  

“It’s always on me. My keys are always clipped to my purse,” said Gibson. “There’s been times I’ve put it in between my fingers and felt like if I had to, I was ready.” 

It’s this ready-to-fight mindset former Metro police officer James Buford Tune said is key to surviving an attack. 

“If you make the determination that you’re going to fight, you will,” said Tune. “If you say, ‘Oh my gosh, don’t hurt me,’ curl up, you’re going to get killed right here.” 

This mindset forms the core of Tune’s self-defense classes, but with so many personal protection tools on the market, what products are most effective? 

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