Good post John.
I agree totally with this, and my experiance backs this up as well. When I was working as a bouncer, some of the guys carried as well. And I took to carrying one myself. It does nothing but make a bad situation worse.
As an anecdote: one night someone has a steel pen (one of those 'self defence pens') and was attempting to stab another patron in the neck with it. I was very tempted, intially, to use the knife. Instead, I chose not to, and was able to subdue the attacker without recourse to my knife. Had I not done so, I'd probably be in jail now (and probably have a longer sentence than the guy with the pen).
I'll never carry one again, at least not in this country. The temptation to use it is just too great.
Edited by Ames (11/12/08 01:01 PM)
"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."