Pepper Spray, Stun Guns, and Tasers… Oh My!

Self Defense Tips, Crime Stories and Product Information (Worth Protection Security Blog)

Be Your Own Bodyguard.

Ever wish you just had a bodyguard? You know like the rich celebrities that always walk around with the big gorilla sized entourage? Madonna, Britney Spears (when she was still popular), Justin Timberlake. They all fork out big bucks, $200,000 minimum per year to have personal security service escorts.

If you are the President, Vice President or First Family, you get free 24/7 bodyguards in the form of the Secret Service. Free for them because us taxpayers pick up the bill.

So what about us regular folk without the infinite bankroll?

”This is cerebral work. For me, it’s 80 percent mental and only 20 percent physical. If you’re good at what you do, it’s almost like playing chess. You want to be a few moves ahead of the crowd, the paparazzi. You’re thinking about how many exits there are, where the car is at, how am I going to get my client out of this situation safely.” says Eric Burrows, one of Justin Timberlake’s head of security.

A good dose of situational awareness goes along way. Even if you aren’t dodging the paparazzi. When possible, avoiding potentially dangerous situations or doing simple habit altering things that may just be enough to keep you safer.

Do you walk to your car with your keys already in your hand, or are you spending 2 minutes fumbling through and digging to the bottom of your purse in the darkened parking lot while standing next to your car? Better yet, have your key chain pepper spray already in your hand just in case.

Sometimes the moons are just aligned against you. You aren’t looking for trouble, but sometimes trouble is looking for you.

It has been shown that some criminals may even prefer to attack families that appear distracted and otherwise vulnerable. Many would be attackers thrive on jumping couples, in groups, and aren’t afraid to nail a guy that is obviously out on a date.

Why? Because they know you are already distracted… and even more important, they know you will likely freeze up for fear of letting anyone get hurt who is under your watch. All these creeps need is one or two seconds of this freeze-up time to get the job done. Boom, car-jacked, kidnapping, robbery… or worse.

So pay attention to what is going on around you. Most of the time, you are going to need to be your own bodyguard, or the bodyguard of a loved one or a companion. This is not a simple thing, if you have no idea what you’re doing.

Even people who trust you may be confused by the adrenaline rush caused by a sudden threat. They likely won’t hear or comprehend shouted instructions, and will likely make wrong moves that could get them seriously injured during a confrontation.

The worst thing you can do is turn your back on them and attempt to take care of business. A common tactic among kidnappers is sending one or two guys in to distract you, while a third creep comes up from the behind and snatches the person they want.

She’s gone, and you won’t even realize it until it’s too late and you turn back around.

Gregg Wooldridge is one of the nicest guys around but he is also known as one of the baddest cats walking the planet. He has put together an essential training package every man should take the time to watch, learn and master called Be The Bodyguard. This special DVD training is not hard, but very, very effective. The first 80% is the proper mindset, getting your head together before anything bad happens.

Be The Bodyguard stresses a companion control instruction that will simply change your life. Understanding how to truly and effectively protect yourself or anyone with you will make you a changed man. More confident, more worthy of confidence.

Do not forget, old people and kids can’t run away. Your girlfriend or wife may be stunning in that tight black dress and high heels, but she won’t be able run away, no matter how athletic she is. Or you may end up being with a co-worker or friend who simply doesn’t know anything about self defense or personal protection.

In any of these cases, you alone are the go-to guy. You are the one who must thwart the kidnapping attempt, stop the car-jacking, or remove the threat completely.

When I say completely, I mean entirely. If you catch my drift.

It can be cruel world sometimes. As a man, we are looked upon and required to be prepared to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Attitude is good and Gregg Wooldridge can teach you this proper attitude to have. You will also learn how to keep your awareness level at the right stage of readiness.

Think about it. How would you respond right now if you were being carjacked? What if you or a loved one was being held at knife point?

Can you effectively protect yourself, your spouse, your child or any other loved one from a robber, carjacker, rapist, intruder, kidnapper, terrorist or anyone else with malicious intent?

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Don’t wait until it is too late. Be The Bodyguard, arm yourself with pepper spray, a stun gun or a C2 Taser. Know what to do, people are looking up to you. Don’t let them down.

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Comics: In the Bleachers 8-22-08

Pepper Sprays, Mace Defensive Spays

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Don’t Tase the Emu, Bro!

Sheriff’s Deputies of Bay County in Florida ended up deploying a Taser on an unruly emu. Yes, an emu. Apparently, a female emu named Plop-Plop, escaped from a farm and ended up camping out in a pen with some horses and goats.

Local deputies were called to aid in her capture, but Plop-Plop “went kind of crazy” when they arrived. Fearing the large bird would injure itself or the deputies, a Taser was used to subdue and immobilize the animal.

After the tasing, Plop-Plop fizz-fizz-led out, was brought to the Bay County Animal Control Center and made a full recovery. Oh what a relief it is.

The emu’s owner, probably in need of an Alka-Seltzer, is expected to claim his runaway emu soon.

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Stop! Or This Granny Will Shoot!

A burglary at a neighbor’s home a few weeks back prompted an 85-year-old Pennsylvania woman to arm herself with a .22-caliber revolver. She kept it at the ready near her bed in the bedroom. The thought of having a weapon in the house let her rest easier as several homes were being hit in her area.

This past Sunday afternoon, the woman heard what ended up being a 17-year-old punk breaking into her house. “I just walked right on past him to the bedroom and got my gun,” Leda Smith said. “I said ‘What are you doing in my house?’ He just kept saying he didn’t do it.”

Pointing the gun at the perpetrator, the grandmother forced him to dial 911 and confess his crime and told the operator to send the police to pick him up. Still holding the revolver, she then had the 17-year-old lay face down on the ground, arms and legs spread, and waited for the State Police to show up.

The boy was charged with attempted burglary and related offenses in juvenile court, but his name was not released due to his age. “It was exciting,” Smith said. “I just hope I broke up the (burglary) ring because they have been hitting a lot of places around here.”

Happy ending for the old lady this, but I wouldn’t suggest 85-year-old women store fully loaded, unlocked .22-caliber revolvers, out in the open, on their nightstands in the bedroom. Lucky for her the kid broke into another room first and didn’t come across the weapon before she did. Lucky for her it was only a punk kid, and not a deranged lunatic that would have rushed the old lady, and probably taken it away from her.

I’m pretty sure the woman has not received much, if any firearms training. It’s hard to say if the woman would have actually pulled the trigger if necessary and I’m sure the potential for an accidental discharge would have been pretty high. That 17-year-old was rightly scared with a shaky old lady waving a loaded weapon at him.

At the same time that I applaud her efforts of defending herself and her household, I have to imagine she could be taking other effective and safer measures. One option would be to have some simple and inexpensive home alarms installed. If a loud window or door alarm announced the presence of this kid before he even made his way into the house, he would have ran away and avoided the confrontation all together.

Perhaps a shot of pepper spray would have been as effective as pointing a gun at the kid. Sure everyone remained unharmed in this instance, but if push came to shove and the lady actually shot and killed this kid, it would have been far more tragic than if he got a quick coating of pepper spray.

I believe in defending my household as much as any of my other fellow card-carrying NRA members, but the thought of an 85-year-old woman, living alone at home, thinking a .22-cal is the answer kinda scared me.

Perhaps she would consider buying a dog? Now she has protection and companionship. I love my dog… yeah, she should buy a dog.

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Pepper Spray for Show and Tell?

A 14-year-old juvenile delinquent thought it would be funny to discharge a canister of pepper spray in a classroom in Arizona last week. Needless to say, he ended up arrested for disorderly conduct, reckless discharge of a dangerous instrument and disrupting an educational facility. I bet he is very popular with the girls.

The Cottonwood Police Department reported that around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, the suspect and two accomplices entered a classroom occupied by a teacher and other students. The three immediately became disruptive, and while the other two suspects shielded the third, he set off a can of pepper spray. He then proceeded to burst out in laughter.

The 14-year-old male, who speaks almost no English, stuttered out something resembling that it smelled bad in here and everyone should leave the room. By this time, the teacher and other students in the Mingus Union High School classroom were already coughing, choking and evacuating the scene. Funny guy indeed.

Unfortunately, it is the few stories like this that give pepper spray, stun guns, tasers and other self defense weapons a bum rap. It is a ‘better’ news story when something bad happens. If this was a story about a 14-year-old girl who fended off a rapist with a keychain pepper spray, it would make the news, but it would not gain the notoriety as some jackass being stupid.

Some people are again going to be outraged about the dangers of non-lethal self-defense weapons and the risks posed by them. They will again bring up the Taser related death count. They will want to ban pepper spray, stun guns, Tasers, handguns, machetes, baseball bats, lead pipes, ice picks, pieces of chain, nylon rope and a whole other slew of potentially dangerous objects that may have injured someone in a movie they heard about.

They won’t care about the tens of thousands of law abiding men, woman and children who have protected themselves or loved ones with some sort of self defense mechanism. So what do we actually accomplish by gun control laws or prohibition of self defense weapons? It makes it impossible for law-abiding citizens to easily carry a useful self-defense weapon.

What do gun control laws or prohibition of self defense weapons mean to non-law abiding criminals? Oh yea, they do not care. They will still get weapons if the want them, seeing that they do not follow the rules anyways. Be it a stun gun, handgun or a makeshift club made out of a three-inch tree branch. You lose.

If you are that deluded that the police will be able to patrol 100% of every square inch of your town, 100% of the time, you are sadly mistaken. By the time the cops show up, if you were even able to call them before something happens, you would be too late. A lot of bad things can happen in the 90 seconds to 10 minute response time. Nevertheless, you can wait it out if you’d like. I wouldn’t recommend it however…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?
Yours in safety,
Rob

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Me and Michael Phelps

Apparently Michael Phelps and myself are not all that different. I just read that as a child, he threw a screaming fit about getting his face wet during his first swimming lesson. Me too! Ok, so that about ends the similarities… Curse you “Swimmy the Clown”! If it wasn’t for him ruining my swimming career when I was five-years-old, I might have been in the Olympics!

Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympic swimmer in history. He won eight gold medals in this year’s 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, besting Mark Spitz’s 1972 Munich Olympics record of seven.

On his way to the 2008 Olympics, Phelps became one of the most recognizable athletes representing the United States. He won a stunning eight medals (6 gold, 2 bronze) in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, rewriting the record books several times.

Here’s a list of his Olympic medals-to-date from Beijing and Athens:

2008 Beijing:

* 400 m Medley Relay Gold (World Record)
* 100 m Butterfly Gold (Olympic Record)
* 200 m Individual Medley Gold (World Record)
* 4×200 m Freestyle Relay Gold (World Record)
* 200 m Butterfly Gold (World Record)
* 200 m Freestyle Gold (World Record)
* 4×100 m Freestyle Relay Gold (World Record)
* 400 m Individual Medley Gold (World Record)

2004 Athens:

* 100 m Butterfly Gold (Olympic Record)
* 200 m Butterfly Gold (Olympic Record)
* 200 m Individual Medley Gold (Olympic Record)
* 400 m Individual Medley Gold (World Record)
* 4 x 100 m Medley Relay Gold
* 4 x 200 m Freestyle Relay Gold (American Record)
* 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay Bronze
* 200 m Freestyle Bronze (American Record)

Simply Amazing.

Congratulations Michael Phelps, you have made the entire Nation proud! Go USA!

By the way, I still don’t know how to swim…

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Wrong House Home Invasion Causes Scare in CA.

No matter what the subject matter, there will be skeptics, opponents and non-believers. Personally, I’d rather converse with like-minded people rather than try to convert opposing or narrow-minded viewpoints. You either believe in something or don’t, only you can change your own mind. Usually when you do change your mind it is most likely the result of a personal change in belief rather than a persuaded thought change by someone else. I’m not saying people can’t change by the help of others, but it seems most of the people that need to hear something are too stubborn to listen. Their loss, you can only try so hard.

Usually in my field, if someone is resistant to utilizing some form of self defense, I will briefly speak my case, then back off. In some cases I may speak my case longer or more persuasively, depending on who I am talking to. But for casual acquaintances, brief mention is fine. If I am able to plant a seed in their head for them to chew on later, all the better. But I can not be responsible for every human being that doesn’t heed my opinion and do something to protect themselves or loved ones. I have myself and my loved ones to worry about.

Besides the ultra anti-violence, turn the other cheek types, more often people are just complacent. Many times the main objections are a false sense of security because of the ever popular “It can’t happen to me” syndrome. I live in a nice neighborhood, I pay attention while out in public, I don’t walk down dark alleys… The truth is, sure, most people are safe, most of the time. But what about the time when you are not looking for trouble, but trouble is looking for you? Of worse yet, what if trouble found you by mistake?

The other day in Stockton, California two guys knock on a door at 4 PM in the afternoon’s broad daylight. Posing as salesman, the two attempt to strike up a conversation with the 57-year-old woman who answered the door. When she declines interest in the solicitation, the men proceed with their actual agenda and pull out a set of black, semiautomatic handguns.

The guys force their way into the house and hold the guns to the head of the woman and the 61-year-old man also at home. Once inside, the men demanded the “drugs and money” that were allegedly hidden in the house. The confused homeowners, unable to comply with the request told them that they didn’t have any.

One of the suspects took the homeowner into the kitchen and ransacked the freezers in the kitchen and garage, since apparently people storing drugs and money hide them in the freezer? While still in the living room, the other suspect admits to the woman held at gunpoint that maybe they picked the wrong house by mistake? Hrrm, perhaps…

Not wanting to leave empty handed, the suspects demanded other items of value and ended up leaving with a coin collection, telephone, camera, laptop computer and some other items. Not exactly the stash the home invaders were looking to score.

At the time of this botched home invasion, an 11-year-old boy was also home in another room. Hearing the commotion, he was able to sneak out to the safety of a neighbor’s house and call the police. Smart kid. Unfortunately, the police arrived after the suspects had fled the scene. Luckily no one was hurt, and the suspects accepted the blunder and just took off with some property.

This very easily could have ended up much worse if the attackers were angered and resorted to physical or fatal violence by their error in target, of if that was the original intent from the get go. You never know, but this set of homeowners was certainly not looking for this trouble. It wasn’t even a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were home at their house, mistakenly targeted by strangers looking for someone else.

Don’t wait for something bad to happen to you personally or to a loved one before you realize that the need for some sort of self defense tactics can be a real personal reality. No one goes around looking for trouble, but if trouble shows up and you need to do something about it, you had better be ready then, not later.

I won’t tell you I told you so if you wait too long. You will realize that all by yourself and change your own mind.

Be safe, Be prepared and have an plan of action.

Yours in Safety, Rob

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Fake Coyotes cause a stir, Geese are unimpressed.

A bunch of fake wooden cutout coyotes are fooling motorists on the islands in Wolf Lake near Hammond, Indiana. However, the ducks and geese that they are supposed to be scared off are not discouraged. These islands in Wolf Lake are protected wetlands, and two-dimensional phony coyotes were set up to try to prevent the fowl from eating seeds and fresh shoots from the local flora. I would have imagined decoy wolves would have been chosen for Wolf Lake, but they opted for coyotes.

It is reported that the geese were fooled for a short time, but within a few weeks were on to the ploy. However, motorists and neighbors are continuing to be fooled and keep reporting dogs trapped on the islands. Even PETA and city officials got involved to inspect the wooden coyotes that an Army Corps of Engineers contractor devised over two years ago.

“The geese are very wary of them, then eventually they figure it out,” said a spokesperson for the contractor. “They’re very striking when you first come upon them. I could see how it would be for someone driving by at 70 miles per hour.” Yeah, looking at the picture, they are very “realistic”… Guess you need to be smarter than a goose.

Apparently, the wetland plants are now past the point where the fake coyote guards are necessary, so they can be safety removed and the plants will continue to thrive. “They don’t seem to be doing any good anymore and it appears they are upsetting some people,” said the spokesperson.

I say leave them up. The ducks and geese seem to like them.

I wouldn’t suggest using these diversion coyotes to protect your home, but if you are looking for a unique option to fake out burglars, you may consider our specially designed diversion safes.

Security experts estimate that most burglars will only spend about 8 minutes in your house. They are in a hurry and will attempt to grab the most obvious valuable items. The burglar certainty isn’t that bright, and may have even been fooled by a wooden coyote, but will follow the course of least resistance in ransacking your home.

That’s why Diversion Safes work so effectively. Sure some idiots who break into your house might know that these Decoy Safes exist, but they are going to be scared and in a hurry. These creeps just want to get in and out, grabbing what they can quickly.

We have a wide variety diversion safes that look like personal care items, household products and food containers. Your valuables can be secretly hidden inside these look-a-like diversion safes and kept in their seemingly rightful places. These diversion safes are indistinguishable from the genuine product and are even weighted to feel full. Out of our soda cans, cleaning products, books or flower pots, pick the ones that will blend in best with what’s in your home.

And if you end up coming across a real coyote, you may be interested in having one of our ultrasonic dog repellers or Mace Pepper Spray for dogs. Designed for canines, these products work effectively on most dog-like animals including coyotes.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, and Be smarter than a Goose. Don’t be fooled by scary wooden cutouts. Grrr.

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Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends Arrested for Assault and Robbery

Winnie-the-Pooh, a guy in a mouse costume and another guy in a panther disguise were all arrested in Tokyo, Japan following an assault and robbery of two victims. Apparently, the cute and cuddly trio ran out of clean clothes, so instead of doing some laundry, decided to wear the silly costumes and head out on the town.

So there is Winnie, mouse boy and panther man standing on a street corner, obviously drawing some attention to themselves. It is not common, even in Japan to be hanging around after midnight in this ridiculous getup. Now I have seen that silly “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” reality series, so this didn’t seem like a huge stretch of the imagination, but these guys were getting some unusual stares even over there.

So Winnie-the-Pooh starts to get all bothered by two innocent but gawking bystanders and waddles his way up to them. ‘What are you staring at?’ bellows Winnie-the-Pooh in a non-friendly Hundred Acre Woods manner. The situation quickly escalated as Winnie started to beat up the two normally dressed people, as the mouse and panther jumped in. That willie, nilly, silly old bear.

When everything was said and done, the victims were beaten and robbed of about $160. Winnie, Piglet and Tigger, I mean Winnie, the mouse and the panther were later arrested. I guess the police line up was pretty easy, although the original call to the Japanese police must have been awkward.

You were beat up and robbed by who?

Now in a situation like this I suppose either traditional pepper spray or Bear Mace would have sufficed. Or a good jolt with a stun gun might have made and interesting scene as Winnie-the-Pooh lay rolling around on the ground. You’d just have to dig the device rather deep, depending on how stuffed with fluff the costume was.

It takes all kinds in this world, Be Safe, Be Prepared. Be on the look out for ill-mannered cartoon characters looking for an easy buck.

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Who Would Win a Fight, a Taser or a Stun Gun?


How many volt stun gun should I buy?
I’ve seen them online from 80,000 volts to 2 million volts. Does the voltage really matter? What is the difference between lower and higher voltage?
Is it the amount time the attacker is disabled, or the amount of pain he will feel?
What is the advantage to buying higher voltage stun guns?
Are there any stun gun models that work better than others do?
Which is better rechargeable or standard battery powered stun guns?
What is the difference between Tasers and a traditional stun gun?
Are 80,000 volt stun guns better than 50,000 volt Tasers?

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A common misconception is that the voltage of a stun gun is what stops an attacker, the higher the voltage the better. In actuality, it is not the voltage, but the amperage. From an electrical standpoint, amperage is the measurement of the amount of electrons moving in a circuit and the voltage is the measurement of how much force those electrons are under.

It is not the voltage that can harm an individual, it is the amperage. One amp is enough to kill a person, while our stun gun products typically run 5-11 milliamps. This range is enough to temporarily incapacitate someone without rendering any permanent damage.

Both Tasers and Stun Guns are low amperage devices so you are not actually electrocuted by them.

STUN GUNS

Stun Guns concentrate on an individual’s muscle group and transfers the energy stored in the device very quickly to the target and causes the muscles to do a great deal of work. Basically, the jolt from a stun gun causes muscles to twitch at a high rate of speed, which rapidly depletes the attacker’s blood sugar and causes a great amount of lactic acid to be built up in a rather short amount of time. Imagine an intense feeling of muscle failure you would get from an extremely strenuous and lengthy physical workout, then multiply it by three. The attacker is now unable to further produce energy to these muscles and their body is unable to function properly.

The tiny neurological impulses that provide direction and control to voluntary muscle movement are also impaired. An overwhelmed neuromuscular system causes an attacker to lose balance and collapse to the ground. It may be possible for an extremely determined attacker or drugged out assailant to partially overcome these effects, and contact must be maintained for several seconds to produce the desired result. Resistance to this would call for an additional period of contact to the partially dazed individual or deployment of another self defense mechanism, such as pepper spray.

Stun Guns are typically powered by one to four 9-volt batteries or two to three Lithium batteries. These batteries supply the various electrical components in the circuit with electricity, including multiple transformers, components that provide a voltage boost and reduce the amperage of the unit. As previously indicated, the actual effectiveness of a stun gun is dependent on the amperage of a particular model, the attacker’s body size, the attacker’s determination, and the amount of time you are able to hold the device to his body. The higher the voltage, the quicker the lactic acid may build up, but it is still a matter of amperage for effectiveness.

This high-voltage but low-amperage charge has what you would consider a lot of pressure, but not that much damaging power as far as intensity goes. A painful jolt will startle an attacker with a ½-second jolt. An approximately 1-2 second discharge should start to cause muscle spasms and a dazed effect on the attacker. An ideal 3-5 second zap should render the attacker disoriented and unbalanced, as well as loss of muscle control as he hits the ground.

Be advised, a stun gun is not intended to be quick ½-second tap weapon. The most effective deployment is when the stun gun is firmly pressed into a primary target such as an articulating hinge of the body (such as an armpit, shoulder socket, hip joint or abdomen) or to a secondary target of a larger muscle group such as the thigh. If you apply the stun device to an area of the body that can easily be pulled away, such as an outstretched arm, you lose your element of surprise and the effectiveness is greatly reduced.

We would suggest any of our 625,000 volt Stun Master Stun Guns to our 950,000 volt Cell Phone Stun Gun models, and any of the models in between. As far as bang for your buck goes, for under $80, these models offer quite an acceptable stopping power taking into account a good amperage and voltage ratings. We do offer much cheaper $20-40, lower powered models if cost is a concern, but realistically you want to pack some more power than a 80,000 to 300,000 volt stun gun. The most important concern would be size of the stun gun in comparison to the size of your hand, and the convenience of carrying or disguising the stun gun as a harmless cellular phone. In our opinion, while rechargeable stun guns seem more convenient, nothing beats the consistent power of a standard stun gun with regular Energizer batteries.

TASERS

Taser technology works slightly different from that of stun guns, although the term taser and stun guns are often used interchangeably. The most notable difference between the Taser and Stun Guns is the distance required to deploy. While Stun Guns are contact weapons, a taser shoots out two prongs that attach to an attacker’s clothing or skin and deliver a shocking zap from 15-30 feet away. In a pinch, C2 Tasers work as a close quarters contact stun gun also.

In contrast to the muscular attack of stun guns, Tasers attack the human body’s electrical system. A 50,000 volt taser would override the normal electrical activity carrying signals to your brain, affecting the signals sent to muscles to allow basic mechanical function. Basically shorting out your electrical system, individuals hit with a Taser are unable to move, tense up and just freeze in place, typically after hitting the ground.

This unique instantaneous effect is why Tasers are more effective in quickly stopping an attacker and why law enforcement typically prefer Tasers over traditional stun guns. Anyone can be subdues or incapacitated by a Taser, even assailants hopped up on drugs. The drawback is that the effects of a taser are recovered from much quicker, which is both good and bad, depending on the situation.

When a Taser’s probes strike an attacker, the Taser must continue to fire to keep an attacker at bay. A Taser C2 has an automatic 30-second firing sequence that continues to juice an assailant so you can set the device down and run to safety while the person remains incapacitated for the duration of the cycle.

If you have ever watched the demo videos from Taser or on YouTube, you will notice a stun gunned victim recovers slowly because their muscles are extremely fatigued, while a tased and confused victim recovers much quicker as they regain control of their electrical system.

We are not talking about the videos of drunk college kids zapping each other for ½ second on the arm and laughing about it. We are talking about the fewer videos of actual stun gun demonstrations where a stun gun actually deployed properly and deliberately for the recommended period of time. It is no wonder while some people question the effectiveness of these weapons after watching some drunken kids mess around in a dorm room.

Make no mistake about it, both Tasers and Stun Guns are both reliable and effective self defense weapons.

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Woman Mauled by Bear, Yogi has Alibi

There are plenty of good-natured bears in the world. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo do steal picnic baskets, but I’m not scared of getting physically mauled by them. Winnie the Pooh is harmless, unless you choke on one, Gummi Bears are fine. Who else? Paddington Bear and Corduroy from the children’s books are nice. Bear in the Big Blue House is kinda of weird, but safe none the less.

Unfortunately, it was not one of these bears that showed up in a Canadian woman’s front yard in Vancouver, British Colombia the other day. Reportedly without any provocation or warning, while simply attending her garden, she was viciously mauled by a black bear.

Hearing the woman screaming, some neighbors rushed to her aid and threw rocks and drove the bear from the scene. The bear was later shot and killed by the police. Apparently it is well known that black bears can often be found wandering out of the nearby mountains and into these suburbs looking for food.

It is also reported that attacks on humans are rare occurrences, but let’s not be taking the risk lightly when you know you are in bear country. If I ever saw a bear wandering around the neighborhood, you can be sure several cans of Bear Pepper Spray would be close at hand from that day on.

Isolated incident or not, bears and humans do not mix well, as this black bear has proven. With some bite and claw wounds to her arms and skull, the woman is in serious condition in the hospital, but the injuries are not life threatening. Life changing, but not life threatening.

It is not immediately known exactly how much of a surprise this attack was. The woman may or may not have had the time to back away. The woman may have missed warning signals that might have prevented this attack. The woman might have been in better shape if she was more aware of her surroundings immediately before the attack occurred. But it is too late to prevent the situation now, only future attacks may be thwarted by applying some basic bear-awareness and self defense strategies when encountering bears in the wild. Or even bears in your backyard.

For more information about handling encounters with bears, check out our tips here. For purchase details on Bear Mace, Guard Alaska Pepper Spray for bears and bear spray holsters, check out our selection of products.

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When Seconds Count, the Police are Minutes Away…

Here is a scenario for you. You or a loved one is walking down the street, an alley, a parking lot, you pick the locale. One, two or three guys, the number doesn’t really matter, start to verbally accost and threaten physical harm.

You have a standard cell phone. What do you do? Dial the police and hope for the best? Get mugged, beat up, raped, or killed?

Or have you armed yourself with a selection of self defense tools to aid in your survival? I hope that you are not encountering dangerous situations on a regular basis, if you are you may want to modify your daily routine or whereabouts.

But making a conscience decision to carry some pepper spray, a stun gun, a C2 taser, telescopic steel baton or any combination of those and other available self defense weapons to have at your disposal can help sway the odds in your favor. Perhaps you can talk your way out of the situation, which always would be best. Perhaps a cop is just happening to be in the immediate area.

But more realistically, when seconds count, the police are minutes away… Self Defense means just that, defending yourself. Don’t be caught unprepared, waiting for someone to swoop in the rescue. Take matters into your own hands, and buy, practice using, and defend yourself or loved ones quickly and effectively.

So if seconds count and the police are at least a couple minute away, where are they? And don’t say the local donut shop.

Well in the past couple days we have had a few reports of why the police may be too busy to respond at a moments notice, especially in the Florida area.

Last week in Jacksonville, a guy called 911 to complain that a Subway left the sauce off a spicy Italian sandwich. Now this guy was really irate, was asked to leave the restaurant, got locked outside, while he called 911 and the workers called the police. All over a sandwich.

Next we have a guy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Tampa, who was having some bad luck and called 911 to say the slot machine stole his money. Not just once, but he called a second time once he left to casino. I mean I get ripped off every time I go to the gas station and the pump “steals” my money, but I’m not calling 911 about it.

Then yet another man was arrested after calling 911 during an heated, not serious argument with his brother. He called 911 five times to demand that dispatchers send the police to help sort things out.

All were charged with making a false 911 calls.

Not that long ago I heard at least 2 or 3 stories about some drug dealers and buyers who each were calling 911 after a drug deal went wrong. Now those calls I don’t mind.

So the next time you actually need to call in an emergency, don’t forget you are competing with condiment emergencies, gambling losses and shady drug deals.

Protect yourself and loved ones now. And remember, when seconds count, the police are minutes away…

Yours in Safety,
Rob

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