The more Skill-Set’s You have in your Toolbox, the more effective you can be in the protection of yourself and others.
Don’t have Empy Hand Skills? Pick one and Learn! I always tell people Boxing or Street Combatives is the best place to start.
My Father got me involved in Boxing at a young age and it was the foundation for all the other Mixed Martial Arts I learned over the years.
NEVER rely on a Weapon for Self-Defense!
Your approach should be the same regardless if it is empty hand, stick, knife or gun.
One Mind, Any Weapon should be your motto!