This is very true too. When i was in new orleans for my bachelor party i had a gun pulled on me the very first night for looking in someone's direction. I had to act like a "pansie" to protect myself and the others with me. Just to hit on the point i made before one last time, this is another reason why i find grappling good for self defense. You get into it with someone and fists start getting thrown, if the other guy has somthing it's easy for him to step back and take it out. At least with grappling you can take someone down quickly and control the body making it much harder for them to grab for whatever they got. Although your now close so it's important to know what your doing and be aware. This is the reason for my "swing first" rule. Although when i say swing i really mean take down. You just never know. Go back to my home depot story. Guy could of had a gun/knife and pulled it if i refused. The second he said money i took him down and locked up that choke. Arms pinned. He's not grabbing for nothing. Definitely better to avoid the situation altogether. Just saying if an altercation is going to happen, grappling is safer physically and legally in my opinion.