I carry pepper spray every day, the VAST MAJORITY of muggings or robberies occur as ladies go to their car, or have keys in hand, so, I take my pepper spray out or have my hand on it as I am walking. The problem with carrying an asp/baton/etc. are so numerous. 1. Call your local non-emergency police line and ask if officers are are allowed to use OC or their baton first as a situation escalates. 2. Batons/Asps are considered 'black jacks' and illegal to carry in Missouri 3. They are, in my opinion, not a less-lethal alternative. A baton is way more lethal than pepper spray. Just as everyone has said, the best way to win a fight is to not to get in one. It basically comes down to situational awareness.