Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for self-defense when riding Greyhound?
I am about to embark on a 24 hour ride on a Greyhound Bus to help my brother who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. This transportation company will be leaving me completely disarmed (not so much a pocket knife) despite my lawful concealed carry permit and my Constitutionally protected right to bear arms. Last year a man riding the Greyhound in Canada was attacked, decapitated, and partially eaten by his attacker. Any suggestions on how one might protect their life and property while traveling Greyhound?
Don't travel alone; try to stay awake the whole time. No-Doz can be helpful. Since Greyhound seems to be against pocketknives, probably they won't let you bring pepper spray or brass knuckles either. You'll have to make do with a roll of dimes in your fist; it'll give your right hook a little added 'oomph.' Don't spend these dimes. Bring another roll for the vending machines at the bus stations.
Or, you could try to relax and enjoy the drive, as your fellow passengers are most likely not head-chopping cannibals.
Scope out all the passengers. Learn to read body language as this will clue you into the psyche of almost all people. You will then know in advance who is likely to be a safe person and which ones are questionable. This is a first good step. If possible, sit next to the person who is least threatening. Don't portray threatening body language yourself. Usually you will not find two empty seats side by side. You will have to sit beside someone and you will likely have little choice in the matter if the bus is near full. If you are in doubt at all; if it does not feel right, don't sit next to a doubtful person. Wait for the next bus.
Other ideas are to catch the "red eye" early, early morning special, so that there are few people on board which in itself is good as you can find a space of your own. If you have time, learn some passive defense tactics, like blows to sensitive spots in an attacker so that they will withdraw and think twice. You may want to google such things before you leave and get a few pointers.
Most people can't sleep on a moving vehicle, so staying awake will likely not be an issue. Most people just want to get along and are not likely to be any more of a threat than being a blabber mouth. Like yourself, they are just trying to get to their destination with as least hassle and boredom as possible.
Good luck and bon voyage!
that happened in Canada btw where you don't have the right to bear arms. secondly, just because of one insodence, does that really make it a need to arm yourself. relax and just get to where you are going.
Best defense is a good offense. A hardy meal of beer, bratwurst and cabbage will clear any offending parties off the bus faster then Chuck Norris on an off day. In confined spaces, it can be brutal.
Don't look like a "victim". If you look confident you will be less likely to to be bothered with by others.
I always like to sit towards the first 4 rows of the bus. I'm not sure if the driver would be able to stop any inapropriate or dangerous behavior, but at least I can run to the front of the bus quickly.
Also sometimes murders take place in public places by people who are familiar with one another, not to say that random murders don't take place, but sometimes there are things going on under the radar that we are not aware of.
Watch and pray!
Eat tons of garlic pre-trip. Canadian psychopaths don't like strong flavors. At all cost avoid drenching yourself in maple syrup and Tim Hortons coffee grinds (used or new!!)
Of course if this is a real questions I have no advice and feel bad for your having to go through life with such irrational fears.
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