My local (Democrat) Congressman is having a town hall meeting soon. I was thinking of attending. Being a vocal right wing radical conservative, I was thinking of politely but firmly expressing my opinion.
There have been various national news articles of people being beaten and spending days in the hospital. These were mild mannered people. Well, I may not be so passive, but if people start attacking me (generally not likely in Oregon) and I draw my weapon, you want to talk about making the national news. This may not go well for the cause and lots of other negative repercussions.
Knowing the stakes, would you NOT defend yourself to the full extent under these circumstances? Perhaps less lethal means like pepper spray, etc.