Alternative Choices To Carrying A Gun
August 12, 2013 by Peggy Layton
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 arenât 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 wonât 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 babyâs diaper bag or her purse and carry them while sheâs 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: âI think you better get back in your car and get out of this parking lot.â 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.
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 attackerâs 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 Defenseâs 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 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. Â 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 childrenâs 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.