A nice post on Situational Awareness from Secrets Of Urban Survival. I especially like the part of starting slow, small steps and building from there.
In the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Latitudes and Attitudes, there is an article that talks of the issue of weapons for cruising sailors. As the author points out (and so do we here) - it is a highly personal decision. One best made by rational investigation of the risks involved.
And from GOST (formerly Paradox Marine)- be sure to visit them at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show coming up soon. They have a great line of products to help protect you and your vessel.