I've been on the receiving end of racist verbal attacks regarding COVID-19.
I've already reported this to the police; they advise me not to engage with the offenders.
However, I suspect that things might escalate, I feel physically threatened in my own neighborhood at this point.
What weapons could I carry on my person, in New York City, in the event that I had to protect myself?
Do I have a right to buy a gun? Carry a baseball bat? A knife? Brass knuckles?