Everything is a weapon but purpose-made weapons are better.
If you are in a situation where an actual weapon isn't available, stay aware of what is around you and how it could be used as a weapon. Not from a sense of paranoia, but out of awareness of your surroundings and the situation.
If you make this a game until it becomes a habit, you'll never be as vulnerable to bad people as those who are not as aware.
You might even make sure to have a machete, big knives or (real, tempered) swords, slingshots, hatchets or tomahawks, or other tools which could be used as weapons.
However, when faced with a bad guy, would you rather depend on using a chair for defense, or using something made specifically to give you at least an even chance against anyone who wants to violate you? Something that bridges the distance between you so you don't have to wait for him to get closer?
To this end, get a firearm and learn its proper handling and use, and practice with it.
Then get ammunition. Just as there is no such thing as "too much stored water", there is no such thing as "too much ammo". These days, stocking up on ammo is a pricey proposition, but you still need to do it.
Then, get a second gun and repeat the process. Repeat the process until you have a firearm and ammunition for each member of your family-- at a minimum.
Yes, I realize some governments say you aren't allowed to have a gun. Do with that information what you will.
Remember that anything-- including a firearm-- is only a tool until you use it against a threat, then it becomes a weapon. Practice with your tools so that if they ever have to become weapons, they do the job right.
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html