First - glad you are OK.
Second: Anecdotally, when I lived in Phoenix I went to grad school with a guy who took the law into his own hands. It’s terrible what happened, but he was never fucked with again.
He was continuously harrassed for being a large guy, he took the city bus to school everyday from Mesa. There was a local mexican gang that would taunt him, mug him and do everything to really fuck with him. I used to hear stories and it was terrible.
So one day this guy goes to a local gun outlet and buys a large can of Bear Spray - essentially it’s 100% pepper spray in a canister the size of a small fire extinguisher. A range of like 50 feet full force.
He boarded the bus to go home from school one night. a few stops from his appartment the bus was empty except for him, it stopped and 10-15 guys piled in. All the assholes who mess with him basically. The next stop comes and he goes to exit the bus…
Once in the front he turns around, and they all look at him in idle anticipation to see what he’s going to say; when he pulls out the canister, covers his mouth and nose with a bandana and unloads the entire contents of the Bear Spray on the guys…all in their faces, eyes, mouths etc…etc… the bus driver tackes him out of the bus, and radio’s for the cops. The guy tried to run home and was caught and spent a week in tent city. It was all over the news and apparently the gang member that was closest to him was blinded. I don’t remember, it was a long time ago. Plus, the guy dropped out of ASU and moved home…Utah I believe.