Alternative Choices To Carrying A Gun

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About 1.5 million violent crimes are committed in the United States every year. Crime goes up in direct correlation to the economic situation people are in. When the economy fails and people are out of work and desperate, some will turn to crime to survive. Law enforcement agencies aren’t equipped to respond to every emergency call. By the time they get to the scene, it is far too late for them to do much more than access the situation and write up the report. A well-thought-out plan of defense is the only way we can protect ourselves.

Alternatives To Carrying A Gun

What if you do not feel comfortable carrying a gun? There are alternatives for defending yourself. I have talked to several women who are afraid to carry a gun, but want to be prepared in case of an attack from an intruder or other aggravated assault. Carrying a stun gun or pepper spray will give you an element of surprise when faced with an attacker. They won’t expect it, and it will immobilize them.

Damsel In Defense

I recently purchased some wonderful self-defense products from a company called Damsel In Defense. The company sells pepper spray and stun guns, as well as many other great self-defense products. The tools are nonlethal equalizers to violent attackers and are very effective in self-defense situations.

I gave my 32-year-old daughter a stun gun as well as pepper spray to carry in her car. She has a baby and teaches school during the day. Sometimes, she goes shopping at night with the baby. I wanted her to be prepared to defend herself in case she ever feels she is in a compromising situation when walking to her car in an empty parking lot or strolling her baby. She can pop these tools into her baby’s diaper bag or her purse and carry them while she’s out and about doing her errands. Damsel In Defense products have clips for fastening onto a belt or putting on your key ring, and they are small enough to put in a pocket. The stun gun looks like a cellphone and can be carried in the hand while jogging or walking.

I heard a story about a woman who went jogging in the mountains and took along her stun gun. A ferocious dog attacked her along the trail. She turned on the stun gun and zapped the dog. The dog went down, and she got away. This could also work on big cats and other wild animals. Most of the time, just the noise made by turning on the stun gun, the electrical zap, will scare away predators.

I heard another story about two women who were the last people out of the church after an activity. As they walked across the empty parking lot, a man drove in and parked behind their car, blocking it. He got out of his car and started walking toward the women. One of them had her cellphone and called her husband, as she was in a panic. The other woman got her stun gun out and held it up and turned on the voltage, which made a loud crackling sound. She said to the man: “I think you better get back in your car and get out of this parking lot.” He did as she said and left. They quickly ran to their car and got away. They were lucky that this story had a happy ending.

Stun Guns

The basic idea of a stun gun is to generate a high-voltage, low-amperage electrical charge that has a lot of pressure behind it, but not that much intensity. When you touch the stun gun on any part of an attacker’s body and hold the trigger, the charge passes into the attacker’s body. Since it has a high voltage, the charge will pass through heavy clothing and skin, yet the charge is not intense enough to do long-term damage to the attacker’s body unless it is applied for extended periods of time. If you use the gun for a second, the attacker will feel a painful jolt that will startle him. If you zap him for two seconds, he will experience muscle spasms and become disoriented. And if you zap him for more than three seconds, he will become unbalanced, fall on the ground and lose muscle control for 15 minutes to an hour. Attackers who are high on drugs or out of their mind may keep coming at you despite any shock to their system. That is when you zap them again.

The Pack-A-Punch Stun Gun

This stun gun is Damsel in Defense’s biggest seller. It looks like a cellphone and can be held in the hand while walking or jogging. It does what the name says; it packs a punch with 7.5 million volts. It has an LED flashlight as well as a disable pin you can pull out if an attacker gets his hand on our stun gun. That keeps the attacker from being able to use the stun gun on you. To recharge the stun gun, just pop out the electrical plug and plug it into an outlet in your house. Check monthly to ensure the stun gun is still working and then recharge it.

Striking Distance Stun Baton

This baton is 12 inches long and packs 6 million volts of electricity. Just turning it on and scaring an attacker will make them run. This baton means business. An attacker needs to be only within striking distance of you to get the voltage. Just touching him with it will drop a would-be attacker to the ground. It has a rubberized grip, a flashlight and a disable pin. All you have to do is turn it on and touch an attacker anywhere on his body to put them down for long enough to get away. If the attacker touches you, the voltage will not pass through to your body. The attacker will be miserable but not dead.

Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is made from cayenne pepper or capsicum. Pepper spray is much safer attack victims because it works on anyone — even if the attacker is high on drugs, violent or out of his mind. A one-second blast of pepper spray to the face will stop him in his tracks. Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that will immediately induce coughing, chocking and nausea and will dilate the capillaries of the eyes, causing temporary blindness. Pepper spray causes swelling of the mucous membranes to a point where the person will have a hard time breathing. Pepper spray causes an intense burning and incapacitation. Most people when hit with pepper spray will need to be taken to the hospital.  This gives the victim time to get away and get help. The Damsel In Defense Pepper Spray is made of 18 percent red pepper and two million Scoville Heat Units (William Scoville invented the way to measure the heat in a pepper), which makes it the hottest on the market. The potency of this spray enables it to bring down the most aggressive of assailants. This pepper spray comes in a holster that snaps and keeps little children from opening it up. You will want to keep it on your key chain or in your car or purse away from children’s hands.

Be Responsible With These Products

Do not spray pepper spray as a joke in a building. It will travel into the heat ducts or AC unit, and the entire building will have to be evacuated.

When testing pepper spray, do so in an open area outside where it will dissipate and not cause you harm.

Your safety is a very serious concern; the products are intended for self-defense purposes only. Use them responsibly by obeying all local, State and Federal laws. You can search the Internet to find out what the laws are in your State. A few States prohibit the use of pepper spray.

Peggy Layton

Personal Liberty

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website www.peggylayton.com. To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • Fischenbach

    The only comment I would make would apply to any choice in self protectioin: Be prepared and practice. In the case of pepper spray, make certain you have tested it on yourself to ensure you can get away if the wind is worng and you end up with it as well as the attacker. If you aren’t prepared for it, you could be in the same shape as your attacker and no safer than you were before.

    • Vis Fac

      Pepper spray doesn’t always work and you need to be close Tasers can fail and you need to be close. A loaded gun always works; you don’t necessarily need to pull the trigger (but you had best be prepared to) most often the sight of one is enough to deter a would be attack. As I said many times it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!
      Semper-Fi

      • Fischenbach

        Another options, though, would training such as TIm Larkin offers on how to do the utmost damage to an attacker and walk away from it. A violent attack demands a violent response and if you have gotten yourself in a situation where neither a gun nor pepper spray will work, you need to be prepared to rain violence down on the attacker until he runs away or is in a heap on the ground unable to move.

        • Vis Fac

          Yes training like this is very good to have if you are able to pay for classes like his, or in decent physical condition.
          Many people in this day and age suffer from disabilities natural accidental or self inflicted some as a result making no so smart decisions to smoke drink or use drugs, The above vices can lead to problems emphysema being the most notable.
          Fortunately for me as a former Marine I have had access to excellent hand-to -hand training inclusive of several martial arts disciplines, I keep in shape, never smoked or used drugs.
          Truth be told I seldom take acetaminophen or the like for my arthritis. I am able to eat well and exercise daily. I seldom worry about being on the receiving end of a mugging as I am somewhat larger than the average person and I avoid crowds as much as possible.

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
          is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

  • ridge runner

    Alternatives to a gun, buy 3 more of different sizes and hide them on your person and in your vehicle. Other wise just bend over and grab your ankles. These pervert thugs onlyknow one thing a bullet through their heads. Who ever dreams up the BS, must be a college degreed moron, who has read and believes the BS put out by more degreed theorists in a cubicle, like Plugs Biden discharging a double barrel shot gun, then play hide and squeal?

    • Vis Fac

      Only a liberal would dream up and propagate fiction on non lethality. An attacker is only after one thing YOU If they know you aren’t armed (as liberals want) you are like meat on the table! In case it isn’t obvious to everyone our government has been waging an undeclared war on US citizens we are assaulted not only economically but physically and mentally via government sponsored terrorism. Our Bill of Rights is meaningless and we (if we allow the government to disarms us) will be like the fool who walks down a dark alley at midnight

      Our homes can and are now being taken over by police for “tactical advantage” so much for the 3rd amendment ” No Soldier (police ARE military) shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

      4th Amendment rights usurped via unwarranted search at a traffic stop etc.. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
      effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
      I could continue by apathy seems to be the soup de jour and those who feel safe are blissful.
      When Our 2nd Amendment is null and void free reign over us is certain for that is OUR ONLY safeguard. The government knows this and that is why they are hard at work to eradicate ALL firearms
      Semper-Fi

  • Protonius

    QUESTION: For an American planning international travel (i.e,, from the U,S. and later back to the U.S.), would these items (taser, pepper-spray, etc.) be legal and allowed by TSA and Customs?

    • tns

      First you need to ask if is legal to defend yourself in the country you are going to.
      We’d hate to see a fellow countrymen get arrested for oppressing some poor Muslim who was doing nothing more than mug you(looking at you UK)

  • Steve G.

    Nothing says NO with a strong emphasis like a 9mm to center mass.

    • Vis Fac

      I prefer the old reliable 1911 .45ACP You cant always hit center mass a hit with a .45 stops them cold. I don’t need 10 shots one will suffice.
      Semper-Fi

      • FreedomFighter

        IMHO — all of the suggested deterrents should be carried, CC, TAZER, Pepper Spray. The tactics of lightning fast, high numbers gang attacks now happening, suggest we have access to more than one method of defense.
        A friend of mine carries, in a addition to the above – a gentlemen’s cane, that is a sword, razor sharp almost 3 feet long embedded inside the cane sheath — one twist of the handle and presto — sword in one hand and the mighty desert eagle in the other….very intimidating even to a crowd of idiots. He said the sword never runs out of ammo-spray etc…
        Laus DeoSemper FI

        • FreedomFighter

          Man in coma after black mob of 50 pummels him
          http://www.infowars.com/man-in-coma-after-black-mob-of-50-pummels-him/
          Racist gangs of blacks are committing hundreds of attacks across the United States. These attacks are going virtually unreported.
          Laus DeoSemper FI

        • Vis Fac

          FF How would a small framed woman be able to carry all the above? Her hand bag would be so cluttered she wouldn’t be able to effectively use any of those items.

          Knives can be embedded and not be extracted a taser, MACE or pepper spray are one shot devices. all rather useless against multiple assailants.

          When we travel My wife and I carry a .40 cal S&W model 411. At home I sport the larger 1911 .45 ACP. If I didn’t say anything about it you would never know. It is small enough for her to use effectively holds 10 rounds and packs the punch of a .45 with half the recoil. I can assure you that displaying a pistol with a huge diameter bore is enough to deter several would be attackers if not the sound of a round being fired would.

          My military training taught me that swords and bayonets can be easily defeated. My combat experience is proof positive of this fact. Your sheathed sword might get you charged with concealing a deadly weapon depending on your location and you might run into difficulty when trying to use it in close quarters. For those instances a K-Bar would be better suited

          I would prefer separation between myself and a would be assailant. If I need to draw my sidearm it gives the assailant time to reconsider and withdraw (BTDT) if not you have the option and ability to defend yourself.

          A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

          • FreedomFighter

            “military training taught me that swords and bayonets can be easily defeated”
            Yes sir…never bring a knife to a gunfight…
            Agree with you 100 percent you are totally correct. Edged weapons can be defeated, sprays can be ignored, Tazers are one shot deals — these are our tools to work with when not on the battle field. Although, In the modern world the gun rules all…Yet I would take a page from history and take a close look at pirates — sword in one hand, pistol in the other, very effective in a crowd. Out of bullets you blind them with spray, baton taz…stab…everything works together. Good thing for men they can wear a nice suite jacket, where it all fits nicely. A sharp looking cane is very stylish too.

            Laus DeoSemper FI

          • Vis Fac

            How can you be out of bullets when you carry several magazines? I am prepared, I ALWAYS prepare as well as observe my surroundings. These are habits I acquired long ago. And I am still here to attest to it. Military training is useful in civilian life as well

            A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi
            .

          • FreedomFighter

            I can fully comprehend what you are saying…as a warrior you carried a rifle as your main battle weapon…you had a back up — your pistol, leg backup pistol…also a knife, maybe more,..
            same idea, civi version…Main weapon, backup, backup…backup…
            BTW I would want you on my side when the SHTF, so if you see some old guy in a world of hurt swinging a sword with a empty pistol in his hand…
            Laus DeoSemper FI

          • Vis Fac

            As a warrior most of my time was spent being where I was not supposed to be, and my resources were quite limited so backup in the conventional sense was not a consideration. We used what we could carry or find.

            Most of the time I used captured enemy equipment because if we had to use US equipment the enemy would know we were there. Suffice it to say we were quite expert in close hand to hand combat and more than proficient with firearms be they Russian or Chinese US or ???

            For me one weapon is more than adequate. Maybe not for someone else less skilled. I believe attitude is the underlying factor if you are confident you only need one weapon the obvious choice is a firearm as attitudes are adjusted faster with a firearm than a knife or sword.

            A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • FreedomFighter

            Cane sword…
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7ozTWYvk2o
            Laus Deo
            Semper FI

          • Vis Fac

            It’s still taking a knife to a gun fight. There is a reason that swords are no longer in use. They are cumbersome and take a considerable amount of time to proficient in their use. I can imagine having one of these and a mugger attacks you from a blind side while you fumble unsheathing your cans sword. at which time he is so close the sword is rendered useless.

            The last noted use of a sword was during WWI when Japanese officers used their family heirloom Samurai Swords to lead a Bonsai charge or fall on them to commit suicide. Other than that they’re nice to look at hanging on the wall

            The closer your attacker is the less effective swords become. If you feel safer with one of these that’s fine. Should anyone manage to get close and if I need a blade I am always carrying a nice spring loaded Gerber with a 5″ razor sharp blade that is out and ready in seconds. I still prefer to use my sidearm.

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme
            power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…Our republic no longer exists…A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • FreedomFighter

            I say take both…nobody thinks twice about a cane in a old guys hand – small pepper spray hangin on the key chain enclosed in the palm of your hand as your walking about town – invisible — both are already in your hand at all times — Jericho in your waste holster (CC required for both edged and cannon) — to each his own though…
            Laus DeoSemper FI

          • Vis Fac

            I say why burden yourself with equipment you might not be able to use. If you have to discard one item to use another that item is not needed.

            You carry the cane if you want it doesn’t matter to me only matters to you. I prefer what is in my comfort zone A sword is cumbersome waste of energy to support.

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…Our republic no longer exists…A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • Tony Kammerer

            The quote you are after is:

            “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” -Benjamin Franklin

          • Vis Fac

            That’s the one!!!

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch, Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

      • Steve G.

        If you can’t center mass with some consistency it won’t matter how big/heavy the bullet is. A .22 rimfire that is accurately placed will kill a cow. A large bore center-fire round that is NOT accurately placed will just p*** it off.
        TX
        SG

        • Vis Fac

          Consistent hitting of center mass with a .22 is useless when your target is wearing body armor. I haven’t seen too many cows wearing body armor or shooting back.

          If I hit someone with a large caliber bullet they go down if the hit isn’t fatal ant they are merely stunned there is ample time to finish the job. I don’t care how pi$$ed they get. If I nave to shoot you now that I was the first to be Pi$$ed!!

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          …A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote! This too shall be a
          fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

        • Vis Fac

          Consistent hitting of center mass with a .22 is useless when your target is wearing body armor. I haven’t seen too many cows wearing body armor or shooting back.

          If I hit someone with a large caliber bullet they go down if the hit isn’t fatal ant they are merely stunned there is ample time to finish the job. I don’t care how pi$$ed they get. If I nave to shoot you now that I was the first to be Pi$$ed!!

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          …A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote! This too shall be a
          fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

          • SteveG

            Do you miss the target as often as you miss the point?
            I am suggesting you should only carry as much gun as you can shoot accurately. That way, even if your attacker has gone to the trouble & expense of wearing body armor, you could still double-tap his melon to put an end to his existence.
            Why else would the military, police, fbi,etc., train for center mass shots???
            TX
            SG

  • hippybiker

    “God created man, but it was Sam Colt who made us equal.” I will carry my pistol. Thank you.

  • Alan

    Anything that allows you to escape is good, however a predator will only go on to prey on someone else. Extinction is the only real permanent solution.

    • Gib74

      How could they keep voting for 0bama then if you kill them??

      Oh wait…………

  • JimH

    I guess any of these things are better than nothing, but the best thing is still a gun.

  • CJ

    Regardless of the tool inflicting the pain, it all comes down to the attitude of the user. If a person, does not have the fortitude and confidence to use it, and use it RIGHT, and accept the mental consequences that comes later if they have to, then all this gives a dangerously false sense of security, and makes us all more vulnerable. The bad guys know this, and will use it to justify their actions.

    • Vis Fac

      The alternative to not using what you have is not being around to think
      about what ever inaction you chose not to use. It is always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Liberal tenet is to demonize anything and anyone connected with firearms. Lame stream media continually abuses their purpose and reports on the misuse of firearms and NOT their use as a deterrent. Media seldom mentions how
      many lives have been saved whit the use of a firearms they only exploit the carnage caused by sick people. I carry those who know I carry feel safe around me. Every member of my family knows how to safely use and familiar with each attitude adjustment tool we own. We will not be victims.
      Semper-Fi

  • grassroot

    Heard of using wasp spray was an alternative. It shoots as

    far as 20 feet. But probably too big a can to carry around.

    Use at home I guess.

  • James Crooke

    WASP or HORNET spray works great!! Has better range than pepper spray also.

  • Eye yi eye

    Hey, gals. Be sure to stick your stilletto heels, one in each eye when he’s down. Then proceed to use those same heels to pummel the genitalia into raw hamburger. Problem solved, forever.

  • Stuart Shepherd

    You’re the best, Peggy! Always excellent intelligent practical information. My daughter doesn’t want a gun either (she’s 28 with 2 children) and I am going STRAIGHT to this site. I REALLY appreciate this article!

  • machodog

    All you bleeding hearts have popcorn for brains. What idiocy. A criminal on angel dust and other drugs will laugh at your pepper spray, stun gun, etc. while he is killing/raping you. Any criminal bent on violating you will not stop with those “weapons”(?) regardless if he/she is on drugs or not. Wake up and use the common sense God gave you to protect yourself. Criminals do not have the same mindset that peaceful, complacent people have. There’s something wrong in their brain and it doesn’t function like normal people’s do.
    When the blacks come at you to play the knock-out game, there’s usually 10 to 50 of them…what good is your pepper spray, stun gun, etc.?
    I know that “common sense” is a four letter word in your language but try to separate fact from fiction by whatever means you have to and use your brain.

    • WTS/JAY

      Two thumbs up!!!

      • Jeff

        If I had any doubt about machodog’s racist intent, it was removed when I saw that you (Dumb Dog) agree with him. How often have you guys been attacked by 10-50 people? My guess is never.

        • machodog

          Being armed doesn’t solve any encounters you’ve had in the past. What it does solve is the encounters you might have in the future. Now in my future oh wise and unknowing Jeff how many people will I or anyone else, encounter? Apparently you think that you know.

    • smh

      theres the racism i was looking for

      • machodog

        I have noticed that when liberals have no intelligent arguement…they cry “racism”.

      • Tony Kammerer

        He was not making a broad statement that all criminal attackers are black, but that the “knock-out game” is usually a large group of black teens which is absolutely true.

  • Galt2100

    “Just touching him with it will drop a would-be attacker to the ground.”

    Not true. You need to hold a stun gun in direct, solid contact with someone for 15 to 20 seconds for it to stun them for even a few minutes. Anything less will just make them mad, even if they aren’t on drugs. And a stun gun only works on one person at a time; if you are attacked by a group a stun gun is useless.

    The same is true for the small pepper spray canisters that many women carry on key chains. They will fire at most 3 to 4 short bursts before they are empty, and are not going to provide effective protection against more than a couple of attackers.

    Sorry ladies, but if you want to prevent someone from doing real harm to you or your children, you had better be prepared to do real harm to your attackers. That means a gun.

    • Jenn

      Sorry Galt but you are misinformed. At the voltages these stun guns are at it only takes 3-5 seconds to take someone to the ground. I’ve seen with my own eyes and had it proven by several different women being attacked. Also as long as you have a strong Pepper Spray (the ones in the article are rated 2,000,000 Scoville Units) Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that causes pain, trouble breathing, and temporary blindness. A gun isn’t always warranted.

  • Michael Shreve

    When using a SECOND BEST defense, remember, in defense, there IS no second place winner.

  • Don 2

    There is no alternative!

    Peggy, stick to that which you know something about…..massage therapist, hypnotherapist, and online cookbooks.

  • YourNameHere

    It should be titled alternative method when you are too lazy to buy a gun, too scared to get a gun, or you forgot your gun, or the liberal perp you hope is not armed with a gun or (heaven forbid) you are in a crazy liberal no-gun zone way of possibly saving your life.