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Self-defense or self-defence (see spelling differences) is a countermeasure that involves defending the well-being of oneself or of another from harm. [1]

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Aerosol spray is a type of dispensing system which creates an aerosol mist of liquid particles.

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Affect is the experience of feeling or emotion.

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is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.

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An air gun (often called pellet gun or BB gun depending on the projectile) is any variety of pneumatic weapon that propels projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to firearms, which use a propellant charge.

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An ambush is a long-established military tactic, in which combatants take advantage of concealment and the element of surprise to attack unsuspecting enemy combatants from concealed positions, such as among dense underbrush or behind hilltops.

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An anti-theft system is any device or method used to prevent or deter the unauthorized appropriation of items considered valuable.

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A civilian armored car is a security vehicle which made by replacing the windows of a standard vehicle (typically a limousine or SUV) with bulletproof glass and inserting layers of armor plate into the body panels.

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Arnis, also known as Eskrima and Kali, is the national sport and martial art of the Philippines.

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A ballistic knife is a knife with a detachable blade that can be ejected to a distance of several meters by pressing a trigger or operating a lever or switch on the handle.

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A ballpoint pen knife is a multi-tool pocket knife consisting of a blade concealed inside an ordinary ballpoint pen.

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Bartitsu is an eclectic martial art and self-defence method originally developed in England during the years 1898–1902.

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A baseball bat is a smooth wooden or metal club used in the sport of baseball to hit the ball after it is thrown by the pitcher.

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A baton or truncheon (also called a cosh, billystick, billy club, nightstick, sap, blackjack, stick) is essentially a club of less than arm's length made of wood, rubber, plastic or metal.

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The battered woman defense is a defense used in court that the person accused of an assault/murder was suffering from battered person syndrome at the material time.

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A bodyguard (or close protection officer) is a type of security guard or government agent who protects a person or people — usually public, wealthy, or politically important figures — from danger: generally theft, assault, kidnapping, assassination, harassment, loss of confidential information, threats, or other criminal offences.

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A boot knife or a gambler's dagger is a small fixed-blade knife (usually, a dagger) that is designed to be carried in or on a boot.

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Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people throw punches at each other, usually with gloved hands.

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Brass knuckles, also sometimes called knuckles, knucks, brass knucks, knucklebusters, or knuckledusters, are weapons used in hand-to-hand combat.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ; jiu-jitsu brasileiro) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.

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A bulletproof vest, ballistic vest or bullet-resistant vest is an item of personal armor that helps absorb the impact and reduce or prohibit penetration to the body from firearm-fired projectiles and shrapnel from explosions, and is worn on the torso.

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A cable tie or tie-wrap, also known as a hose tie, or zip tie, is a type of fastener, for holding items together, primarily electric cables or wires.

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A cane gun is a walking cane with a hidden gun built into it.

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A castle doctrine (also known as a castle law or a defense of habitation law) is a legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some countries, any legally occupied place) as a place in which that person has certain protections and immunities permitting him or her, in certain circumstances, to use force (up to and including deadly force) to defend himself or herself against an intruder, free from legal responsibility/prosecution for the consequences of the force used.

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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia.

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Chinese martial arts, which are called kung fu or wushu, are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China.

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Civil law, civilian law or Roman law is a legal system originating in Europe, intellectualized within the framework of late Roman law, and whose most prevalent feature is that its core principles are codified into a referable system which serves as the primary source of law.

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Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors.

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A club (also known as a cudgel, baton, truncheon, cosh, nightstick, or bludgeon) is among the simplest of all weapons: a short staff or stick, usually made of wood, wielded as a weapon since prehistoric times.

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Coercion is the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of intimidation or threats or some other form of pressure or force.

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A combat sport, or fighting sport, is a competitive contact sport with one-on-one combat.

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Combatives is a term for hand-to-hand combat training and techniques.

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Common law (also known as case law or precedent) is law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals that decide individual cases, as opposed to statutes adopted through the legislative process or regulations issued by the executive branch.

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Concealed carry, or CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed or hidden manner, either on one's person or in close proximity.

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A countermeasure is a measure or action taken to counter or offset another one.

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A crossbow is a type of weapon, based on the bow, consisting of a horizontal bow-like assembly mounted on a stock, that shoots projectiles called bolts or quarrels.

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, originally called, is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century under the headmastership of Takeda Sokaku.

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De-escalation refers to behavior that is intended to escape the escalation of commitment bias.

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Defendo is a martial art and self defense system created in 1945 for law enforcement by Bill Underwood, a British-born Canadian.

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A defense wound or self-defense wound is an injury received by the victim of an attack while trying to defend against the assailant.

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Defensive gun use (DGU) is the use of a firearm in self-defense or defense of others.

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Digital self-defense is the use of self-defense strategies by Internet users to ensure digital security; that is to say, the protection of confidential personal electronic information.

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Door security relates to prevention of door-related burglaries.

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In the criminal law, the duty to retreat is a specific component which sometimes appears in the defense of self-defense, and which must be addressed if the defendant is to prove that his or her conduct was justified.

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An electroshock weapon is an incapacitant weapon used for incapacitating a person by administering electric shock aimed at disrupting superficial muscle functions and/or causing pain without significantly hurting the subject.

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A firearm is a portable gun, being a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles often driven by the action of an explosive force.

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In the field of law, the word force has two main meanings: unlawful violence and lawful compulsion.

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Foshan is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong province, People's Republic of China.

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The French Penal Code of 1791 was a penal code adopted during the French Revolution by the Constituent Assembly, between 25 September and 6 October 1791.

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In its modern form, a gated community (or walled community) is a form of residential community or housing estate containing strictly controlled entrances for pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles, and often characterized by a closed perimeter of walls and fences.

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German ju-jutsu is a martial art related to traditional Japanese jujutsu, developed in Germany in the 1960s using techniques from jujutsu, judo, karate and various other traditional and modern martial arts.

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A GPS tracking unit is a device, normally carried by a moving vehicle or person, that uses the Global Positioning System to determine and track its precise location, and hence that of its carrier, at intervals.

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A guard dog or watch dog (not to be confused with the attack dog) is a dog used to guard against, and watch for, unwanted or unexpected people or animals.

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Gun laws in the United States regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition.

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Gun politics is a controversial area of American politics that is primarily defined by the actions of two groups: gun control and gun rights activists.

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Gun safety rules and recommendations are intended to avoid accidental discharge or negligent discharge, or the consequences of firearm malfunctions.

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Hand-to-hand combat (sometimes abbreviated as HTH or H2H) is a lethal or non-lethal physical confrontation between two or more persons at very short range (grappling distance) that does not involve the use of firearms or other distance weapons.

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A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands.

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Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a highly eclectic Korean martial art.

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Harm is a moral and legal concept.

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Speedcuffs are a model of handcuff which were designed and produced by the now defunct UK-based Hiatt & Company.

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A hollow-point bullet is an expanding bullet that has a pit or hollowed out shape in its tip often intended to cause the bullet to expand upon entering a target in order to decrease penetration and disrupt more tissue as it travels through the target.

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Human rights are moral principles or normsJames Nickel, with assistance from Thomas Pogge, M.B.E. Smith, and Leif Wenar, Dec 13, 2013, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,, Retrieved Aug.

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An improvised weapon is a device that was not designed to be used as a weapon but can be put to that use.

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The J. Reuben Clark Law School (JRCLS) is a professional graduate school located in Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University (BYU).

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is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎).

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Jujutsu (柔術, jūjutsu) is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon.

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Jurisdiction (from the Latin ius, iuris meaning "law" and dicere meaning "to speak") is the practical authority to interpret and apply the law, or to govern and legislate.

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The concept of justifiable homicide in criminal law stands on the dividing line between an excuse, a justification, and an exculpation.

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(Okinawan pronunciation) is a martial art developed on the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan.

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A keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal or plastic, that connects a small item to a keyring.

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Kickboxing (in Japanese キックボクシング kikkubokushingu) is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate, Muay Thai, and Western boxing.

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A kitchen utensil is a hand-held, typically small tool or utensil that is used in the kitchen, for food-related functions.

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A knife (plural knives) is a tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with most having a handle.

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Knife legislation is defined as the body of statutory law or case law promulgated or enacted by a government or other governing jurisdiction that prohibits, criminalizes, or restricts the otherwise legal manufacture, importation, sale, transfer, possession, transport, or use of knives.

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is a set of prearranged self-defence forms in Judo.

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Krav Maga (קְרַב מַגָּע, lit. "contact combat") is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from Aikido, Judo, boxing and wrestling along with realistic fight training.

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The Kubotan (sometimes erroneously spelled as Kubaton or Kobutan) is a genericized trademark for a self-defense keychain weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota in the 1960s.

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A laser pointer or laser pen is a small handheld device with a power source (usually a battery) and a laser diode emitting a very narrow coherent low-powered laser beam of visible light, intended to be used to highlight something of interest by illuminating it with a small bright spot of colored light.

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Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil—commonly referred to as Leviathan—is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651 (revised Latin edition 1668).

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Libertarianism (liber, "free") is a political philosophy that upholds liberty as its principal objective.

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A lighter is a portable device used to generate a flame.

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Mace is the genericized trademark of Chemical Mace, the brand name of an early type of aerosol self defense spray invented by Allan Lee Litman in 1965.

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Maglite (also spelled Mag-Lite) is a brand of flashlight manufactured in the United States by Mag Instrument, Inc.

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Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.

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Karl Emil Maximilian "Max" Weber (21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist, philosopher, jurist, and political economist whose ideas profoundly influenced social theory and social research.

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A Millwall brick is an improvised weapon made of a manipulated newspaper.

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.

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Model Mugging is a form of self-defense training that uses padded trainers or Model Muggers to simulate assaults.

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The monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force, also known as the monopoly on violence (Gewaltmonopol des Staates), is a core concept of modern public law, which goes back to Jean Bodin's 1676 work Les Six livres de la République and Thomas Hobbes' 1651 book Leviathan.

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Muay Thai (มวยไทย) is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.

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The non-aggression principle (also called the non-aggression axiom) is a moral principle that prohibits the initiation of force by one person against another.

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is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope.

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In the United States, open carry refers to the practice of "openly carrying a firearm in public", as distinguished from concealed carry, where firearms cannot be seen by the casual observer.

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Gun laws and policy vary considerably around the world.

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A paintball marker, also known as a paintball gun, is the main piece of equipment in the sport of paintball.

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The pater familias, also written as paterfamilias (plural patres familias), was the head of a Roman family.

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PAVA spray is an incapacitant spray dispensed from a hand-held canister in a liquid stream.

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Pencak silat (sometimes spelled penchak silat or pentjak silat in Western writings) is an umbrella term for a class of related martial arts originating in the Nusantara.

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Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (from "oleoresin capsicum"), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness) used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.

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A peroneal strike is a temporarily disabling blow to the common peroneal nerve of the leg, just above the knee.

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A personal alarm is a small hand-held electronic device with the functionality to emit a loud siren-like alarming sound.

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A personal defense weapon (PDW) is a class of compact select-fire firearm - essentially a hybrid between a submachine gun and a carbine, retaining the compact size and ammunition capacity of the former while adding the power, accuracy and penetration of the latter.

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Physical security describes security measures that are designed to deny unauthorized access to facilities, equipment and resources, and to protect personnel and property from damage or harm (such as espionage, theft, or terrorist attacks).

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A police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder.

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Politics as a Vocation (Politik als Beruf) is an essay by German economist and sociologist Max Weber (1864–1920).

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In criminal law, provocation may be either or both a statutory or common law possible defense or an offense.

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For reasonable person in psychology, see Reasonable Person Model In law, a reasonable person (historically reasonable man) is a composite of a relevant community's judgment as to how a typical member of said community should behave in situations that might pose a threat of harm (through action or inaction) to the public.

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The right of self-defense (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for persons to use reasonable force or defensive force, for the purpose of defending one's own life or the lives of others, including, in certain circumstances, the use of deadly force.

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A riot shotgun is a shotgun designed or modified for use as a primarily defensive weapon, by the use of a short barrel and a larger magazine capacity than shotguns marketed for hunting.

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Roman law is the legal system of ancient Rome, including Roman Military Jurisdiction and the legal developments spanning over a thousand years of jurisprudence, from the 12 Tables (c. 449 BC), to the Corpus Juris Civilis (AD 529) ordered by Eastern Roman emperor Justinian I. The historical importance of Roman defication is reflected by the continued use of Latin legal terminology in legal systems influenced by it.

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A safe room or panic room is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break in, home invasion, tornado, terror attack or other threat.

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Sambo (p; САМозащита Без Оружия) is a Russian martial art and combat sport.

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were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan.

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Sanshou, Sanda, Chinese boxing, Chinese kickboxing, or an "unsanctioned fight" is a Chinese self-defense system and combat sport.

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Savate, also known as boxe française, French boxing, French kickboxing or French footfighting, is a French martial art which uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques.

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A secure telephone is a telephone that provides voice security in the form of end-to-end encryption for the telephone call, and in some cases also the mutual authentication of the call parties, protecting them against a man-in-the-middle attack.

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A security alarm is a system designed to detect intrusion – unauthorized entry – into a building or area.

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SelectaDNA is a forensic property marking system used as part of crime prevention strategies for businesses and residential properties.

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Self-defence is part of private defence, the doctrine in English law that one can act in ways that would otherwise be illegal to prevent injury to oneself or others, or to prevent crime more generally – one has the same right to act to protect others as to protect oneself.

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Self-defense or self-defence (see spelling differences) is a countermeasure that involves defending the well-being of oneself or of another from harm.

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Self-preservation is a behavior that ensures the survival of an organism.

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According to the Gospel of Luke, sell your cloak and buy a sword is an instruction by Jesus to his disciples which has been interpreted in several ways.

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Shoot boxing (シュートボクシング) is both a combat sport and a stand-up fighting promotion company based in Tokyo, Japan.

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The slapjack (also commonly known as a "slap" or "monkey fist") is a batting weapon which may be used in self-defense or other forms of hand-to-hand combat.

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A slingshot or slingshut (primarily American), hand catapult (primarily British English), shanghai, or ging (Primarily Australian and New Zealand), bean shooter, or flip, is normally a small hand-powered projectile weapon.

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SmartWater is a traceable liquid and proprietary forensic asset marking system (taggant) that is applied to personal, commercial, and industrial items of value to deter theft and to identify culprits for prosecution.

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In the United States, a stand-your-ground law is a law that authorizes a person to protect and defend one's own life and limb against threat or perceived threat.

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A state is an organized political community living under a single system of government.

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Strafgesetzbuch is the German name for Penal Code and is abbreviated to StGB.

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A stun grenade, also known as a flash grenade or flashbang, is a non-lethal explosive device used to temporarily disorient an enemy's senses.

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Suzette Haden Elgin (born Patricia Anne Wilkins; November 18, 1936 – January 27, 2015) was an American science fiction author.

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A swimming pool, swimming bath, wading pool, or paddling pool is a container that is filled with water to enable swimming or other leisure activities.

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A switchblade (also known as an automatic knife, pushbutton knife, ejector knife, switch, Sprenger,Benson, Ragnar, 1989),*Switchblade: The Ace of Blades", Paladin Press, ISBN 0-87364-500-6, pp.

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A swordstick or cane-sword is a cane incorporating a concealed blade.

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Systema (Система, literally meaning The System) is a Russian martial art.

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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks.

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A Taser or conducted electrical weapon (CEW) is an electroshock weapon sold by Taser International.

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Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy.

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A throwing knife is a knife that is specially designed and weighted so that it can be thrown effectively.

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Time-out (also known as social exclusion) is a form of behavioural modification that involves temporarily separating a child from an environment where unacceptable behavior occurred.

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A tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process.

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A tranquillizer gun (also spelled tranquilizer gun or tranquilliser gun), capture gun, or dart gun, is a non-lethal gun used for capture via a special chemical.

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Turning the other cheek, also known as offering cheek, is a phrase in Christian doctrine that refers to responding to insult without revenge.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris.

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Verbal self-defense, also known as verbal judo or Verbal Aikido, is defined as using one's words to prevent, de-escalate, or end an attempted assault.

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Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as "the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation", although the group acknowledges that the inclusion of "the use of power" in its definition expands on the conventional meaning of the word.

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A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used in order to inflict damage or harm to living beings, structures, or systems.

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Weighted-knuckle gloves, also called sap gloves, are a type of weapon used in hand to hand combat.

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The Western world, also known as the West and the Occident (from Latin: occidens "sunset, West"; as contrasted with the Orient), is a term referring to different nations depending on the context.

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Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

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