In a previous article, Using Common Objects to Protect Yourself, we offered an overview of how we can use common objects in our everyday life to protect ourselves. More resonating are the times when people do so in real life.
Such was the case on November 29, 2019, on a bridge in London, England, when some men used objects from their surroundings to subdue Usman Khan who was wielding two knives. Khan had already killed two people and wore a vest that appeared to be armed with explosives.
The men challenged him, one with a fire extinguisher, another with a narwhal tusk (not common but available at the time), spraying and pushing Khan away from bystanders. They subdued Khan who eventually was shot by police.
These citizens showed extreme courage and great resourcefulness in using objects in their surroundings to save lives. Like these brave people, be aware of your surroundings and consider what you could use to protect yourself and others.