I was a paramedic but I only carry band aid in my wallet since I live in new york city where ambulances can response in less than 5 minutes. I can do CPR and stop bleeding if I have to.
No I don't carry gun, knives or any weapon other than my fighting skills. Twice I got mugged. Let me tell the story when the second mugging attempt happened to me.
A group of 4 big ( all taller than me and possibly members of a gang called "Blood") teenagers was trying to mug me a year ago when I was coming back from work at 1am. Two of them had box cutters, one had steel pipe and the last one just had no weapon. One came to me first and punched me in my chest. I was stunned but able to recover quickly, few seconds before the two of them who were coming fast toward me to slash my face. I ducked just in time and my footwork coordinated well, fast enough to position myself for livershot punch on one of them ( I heard arrrgghhh!!! The pain was enough to immobilize him). then swithed my footing to other fellow to deliver a kick to his groin.
Attackers like to control their victims by intimidation or inflicting damage to force their will. Any counter attack by a possible victim should be done without hesitation and with some element of surprise, but some people get paralized by their own fear when facing attacker/s.
Even multiple attackers don't really attack at the same exact moment, so there is always a chance to damage the first attacker to immobilize him before other can get closer. Even one blow to the body's weak points is enough immobilize an attacker.
I'm an ER nurse, and I have seen a lot of patients who came in as victims of random act of street violence (rape, gang attack, stabbing, gunshot etc.)
I try my best to stay away from trouble when I'm walking outside,but if there is no other option to avoid, I will fight like hell and run away like speedy gonzales...>
in case you are wondering what happened to the other two attackers,
I hit both of them in the torso and shin with the steel pipe when I was able to grabbed it from a clumsy attacker.
As an ex-prize fighter for many years before I become a nurse, it will take me more energy not to confront any bullies who try prey on me. However, as a nurse now, I qenuinely feel that it is immoral to intentionally hurt attackers beyond reasonable degree of aggression when I am being attack outside of my workplace that was why I chose to immobilize them with my control counter attacks instead of knocking them out or intentionally causing permanent damage by , for example, punching full power to the windpipe or poking eye sockets and deliverately snapping neck, enough to cause permanent paralysis or death.
We all have this impulse to react based on what we are differently conditioned to , but since we are nurses, we try our best to uphold our professional image by acting with civility and rationally ( even outside of our workplace) in this modern jungle.