Lethal Weapons Versus Non Lethal Self-Defense Products
We were kicking around some ideas around the water cooler last week and discussing the popularity of nonlethal self-defense weapons. Why have they become so popular?
In this article we will summarize what some semi-brilliant minds came up with. We will discuss the popularity of handguns and self-defense products, their nonlethal counterparts.
Handguns are enormously popular in the United States. It has been estimated that as many as one out of every two homes contains a handgun or rifle. The Second Amendment allows private citizens to “bear arms” and it seems that most Americans do.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is arguably the most powerful lobby in the United States and believe me that’s saying a lot because there’s a lot of money behind the NRA. And people get quite passionate about their right to bear arms.
Ever since the dawn of man, has he thought of ways to defend himself, which is a God-given right, not just a Second Amendment right. Those ways, back in the old days may have been a stone or a piece of wood used to inflict damage or kill an opponent.
Every lethal weapon you can think of has had as its goal to maim, inflict damage or kill. That is the very definition of a lethal weapon. But self-defense products are a different breed altogether. Their purpose is to disable an assailant temporarily with no long-lasting damage. While the attacker is disabled, you can escape and seek help.
Not every situation calls for lethal force and some situations are very murky indeed. Take for example the so-called Castle doctrine. It is not uniformly applied throughout the United States. And it’s unclear in some states where it does exist. If an assailant enters your home, you may not kill him unless he brandishes a gun. But if you don’t have a gun, you’re out of luck.
If an assailant tries to steal a woman’s purse, shooting him with a handgun is an overreach that will get you into big trouble.
Many people, especially women, have a difficult time justifying the use of deadly force in just about any circumstance. That’s where the use of a nonlethal self-defense product such as a pepper spray or a stun gun-even a taser comes into play. Pepper sprays are legal in every state, stun devices are illegal in some cities and states but they do not require a permit to carry them as a handgun does.
So if you want to have a handgun in your home fine, but a much more practical every day product for self-defense is a stun gun or a pepper spray. Very few circumstances justify the use of deadly force. Even law enforcement officers carry two or three nonlethal products on their utility belt for the performance of their duties.
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