January 17, 2008, 09:43 PM
Credit goes to John Shirley and Matt G.

One is to avoid trouble, evade trouble if trouble shows up to where one is, and if one cannot effectively evade - deal with trouble to stop the threat.

Brooms, be they a straw broom or push broom are effective tools in the hands of those with mindset to survive.
Skill sets built upon mindset increases one success at survival.

Environments often dictate what one can or cannot carry on person, such as Government settings, College Campuses, Corporate campuses - etc.

Jurisdictions vary with political flavors on persons all over the world at to "tools" they can own, have in possession, and even if used, legal ramifications in defending one's self.


Grandmothers and Mothers have shooed too many threats with a broom.
Many a bartenders had "quieted" a barroom outburst.
Janitors all over the world have stopped threats with the broom.

Even if one is allowed guns, knives and other defensive means, the gun might not be the best tool for the situation and "Stick beats knife" - meaning distance advantage over a person with a knife, scissors, any sharp object.

Nobody says "distance" does not include evading and placing a broom into the double doors - so those cannot be opened - and threats follow one.

The goal is to survive a threat.
If one survives a threat using the broom over in the corner kept in a office setting - so be it.
If one survives a threat by securing an exit they left out of school setting, using a broom in the doors - so be it.

It is mindset, tactic, and equipment that make up the Triad of survival.
Most important is mindset, next is how to go about doing something and then comes equipment.

Quality time with family and those one cares about , includes everyone from kids to grandparents, thinking of Activities of Daily Living [ADLs) and what may be afforded them in schools, offices, out shopping, even at home.




Ah, but..two hours of pushin' broom
Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
I'm a man of means by no means
King of the road. - Roger Miller.

King Of The Road:

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January 17, 2008, 10:14 PM
Brooms have many uses:

I've seen an "old hand" pick up a broom and out shoot everyone on the pool table! :)

January 17, 2008, 10:18 PM
Many years ago, for my first "real" job, I worked maintenance for a big department store. One of my frequently used tools was a push broom. This particular type had clip on broomheads.

I always had it in my mind that were something to ever happen there and I had no other option, that broomstick with the head clipped off would be my weapon of choice. Even though I carried a big lockback pocketknife, the reach afforded by the stout broomstick always appealed to me.

That, and I got pretty good with it playing stickball down on the loading dock with the other juvenile delinquents employed by the company.

January 18, 2008, 12:47 AM
Yeah, Steve, but the broom has to be black.

And it should have a rail.

And maybe a bipod.


January 18, 2008, 02:37 PM
Don't forget the light. Everybody knows you can't use something for defense unless it has a light attached to it!

Joe Demko
January 18, 2008, 05:30 PM
My mother-in-law from my 2nd marriage was very skilled with a broom. She could even fly on one.

January 19, 2008, 05:52 PM
You know, SM, I think we got off on the wrong foot; you couldn't be more right about brooms and mops.

I clean offices in one of the nastiest, darkest sides of town to pay for school.

Well, one night, I'm mopping the front entrance to the building, which is basically a glass door, with big windows on either side.

I noticed a dude walking by, on the sidewalk, but didn't think anything of it. Suddenly, he decided to run up to the door and run right into the door.
I'd locked it, obviously, so he starts yanking at the door handle with all of his crack-endowed strength. Still no dice.

Finally we make eye contact, and he realizes that I'm 6'3" and about to shove a mop down his throat if he makes it through that door. Lucky for me, he bolted after that.

I'll tell you, I still have that mop, and I still like it.

Pax Jordana
January 27, 2008, 12:37 PM
I'll tell you, I still have that mop, and I still like it.

That's worth a notch on the handle.

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