We recently had a customer order a stun gun then decide not to purchase it because a police officer told her they were useless. My questions for her were:
1. On what research did this police officer base his information?
2. If they are useless, why do most police forces have their officers carry a Taser/stun gun?
3. If they are so useless, why is the Chicago police force using a federal grant to purchase stun guns with cameras on the end (to ensure NO misuse by officers) for every police officer on their force?
4. Why are some states now enforcing laws on their police force to restrict their use for the purpose of compliance and can only be used if someone is threatening or causing harm to himself or another, and limiting the number of times they can stun an individual?
After looking at these questions, do they sound useless to you?
Yes, Police officers usually carry tasers, but these are usually cost prohibitive for the average citizen. Although they have some differences, they basically operate on the same principle. The biggest difference affecting personal use is, a taser can shoot out it electrodes from a distance of at least 15 feet keeping the assailant at bay whereas a stun gun calls for contact with the assailant.
What people need to realize is that each person’s situation may call for a different type of self defense product. Sure, using a stun gun (not a taser) means you must have contact with the person. Therefore, I would consider a stun gun being useful for someone, for example, who has to walk from a building late at night to a parking lot. In this case, the person should have it out and be ready to use it in case someone approaches and attacks from the rear. All it would take in that case is raising the hand with the gun and stunning them on the neck, chest or wherever you can reach, and keep stunning until he drops. In this situation of being attacked from behind, a taser would not be as effective
Will it work? You bet. A half second shock will repel and startle the attacker. One to two seconds will cause the muscles to spasm and become difficult for him to move, create grogginess and mental confusion. Three seconds or more causes loss of balance, lack of muscle control, mental confusion and disorientation. So would you be better off in this situation with a stun gun in your hand or no defense at all? I can not understand why any police official would discourage anyone, especially a female, from having some means of protection. Before you take anyone’s word for this, however, do a little research yourself. Then ask yourself the question, “Would I want to depend on my own strength as a means of self defense or do I want to have some product on me that can help me knock down an assailant long enough for me to run to safety and get help?”
The most important thing to remember is what is best for you in your situation. We have one client who carries pepper spray clipped to her, our double trouble stun gun in her hand and an electronic whistle around her neck when she runs. She has been assaulted before and doesn’t plan to be again; she also doesn’t plan to give up her passion for running.
We can’t stop living our lives, But we can become empowered to be safe, wise and protected.