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Stun Guns and Tasers Don’t Kill, People Do

Posted by Rob on Monday, 1 March, 2010

To borrow one of the anti-gun control slogans “Guns Don’t Kill, People Do”, I’d like to offer the following:

“Stun Guns and Tasers Don’t Kill, People Do”

If a person really wanted to kill or otherwise injure you, just about any object could work. A steak knife, a tire iron, a two inch thick tree branch cut into a club, even a ball point pen used in a certain manner… Equal opportunity at its finest.

Yet you will not find crazed opposition picketing in front of Bic Pen Headquarters or otherwise trying to ban and regulate pen use.

But seriously, even if some sort of ridiculous legislation was passed to specifically make it illegal to stab and kill someone with a ball point pen, it would not stop a criminal from doing so. Criminals could care less what the laws are. Best case the killer may opt to use a legal mechanical pencil instead… yeah right.

Let’s for the sake of argument, we use the newer, politically correct term of “Less-than-lethal” self defense weapon, since “Non-lethal” falsely implies that a fatality could never occur… (insert eye roll here)

arrestSo now a police officer, doing his unenviable job of keeping the peace, and protecting the public comes across an unruly person resisting arrest or attempting to harm someone. It does not matter if this person was pulled over for speeding or is being chased down the street after robbing a liquor store with a gun.

The uncooperative suspect is going to be tasered if he does not comply with the orders of the police officer. Stop means stop, no means no. If the officer does not have a “less-than-lethal” TASER Device as an option, he is left with his baton or gun.

But then you are going to have people question their judgment while trying to uphold the law, protect civilians, and keep themselves safe in the process? I’m not talking about blatant Rodney King style police brutality, which is wrong and would need to be dealt with on a case by case basis. No one is arguing that. I’m simply talking about police officers doing their jobs, apprehending the bad guys, and protecting themselves from those who resist arrest. And OMG possibly having to use a TASER device!

It is so easy for those not in harm’s way condemn something, but these same people would be wishing they had a stun gun or a TASER device if they were being beat half to death by some thug in an alley. That is unless they would just rather have their cell phone to call 911 instead, I mean violent criminals have rights too, who are you to fight back…

Did you see that story the other day about the math teacher who tackled a shooter in a Colorado school parking lot? A 32-year-old gunman was walking through a middle school parking lot with a bolt-action hunting rifle, taking shots at students. He shot 2 kids before David Benke tackled the man, and wrestled him to the ground.

What the hell is wrong with some people these days, you may ask?

Good question. You just never know when minding your own business, some random lunatic with a gun, baseball bat, pocket knife or machete might turn his head funny and trigger a chemical imbalance induced act of violence.

Personally I’d rather have a telescopic steel baton and some pepper spray first, then my cell phone to call in the cleanup crew afterwards. Unless there is a real “protect and serve” police officer already standing there. But I’m not going to wait around and take a beating, especially if there is only a “observe and report” security guard watching from a safe distance.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Officer In Distress Helped By Woman With Stun Gun in Atlanta

Posted by Rob on Friday, 30 January, 2009

I just saw a story about an Atlanta woman who saw a policeman struggling with an suspect on the side of the road and grabbed her stun gun and went to his aid.

Tanisha Cross, who recently got a stun gun this past Christmas from her husband, never thought it would come in handy so soon.

Apparently Cross was headed to the Wal-Mart in Lithonia with her mom when she noticed a DeKalb County police officer being attacked by a suspect.

“I just told my mom pull over, … let’s try to help,” said Cross.

The 20-year-old mother kept her new stun gun in her diaper bag, just in case. She said that while others were gathering around watching what was happening, she sprung into action.

“I went straight for my kid’s diaper bag and I got it and asked it if he (the officer) wanted me to do it and he said, ‘Yea,’” said Cross.

The officer appeared to be having a hard time defending himself because the suspect had taken the officer’s radio and managed to rub some pepper spray in the officer’s face and eyes.

Giving the attacker a hefty jolt, Cross’ timing couldn’t have been better, stunning the suspect in his arms and legs.

The officer was able to regain his composure and fight back until a security guard came to their aid.

“He’s brave,” she said. “He did his best to keep him from his gun. He handled the situation very well. I was just glad I could help him,” said Cross.

Cross doesn’t consider herself a hero, although the officer appeciated the well timed and effective assistance.

“I’m just a bystander trying to help do the right thing,” said Cross.

I’ve got another interesting story about a little old lady in Florida who used a pepper spray on a guy trying to rob the convenience store she was in.

I will post it later on, but until then Be safe, Be prepared.

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Joker Star, Christian Bale Denies Assault

Posted by Rob on Monday, 28 July, 2008

Holy Assault, Batman!

Joker star Christian Bale has denied that he assaulted his mother and sister after he was released from police custody last week.

Bale allegedly attacked his 61-year-old mother Jenny, and his 40-year-old sister Sharon at London’s Dorchester Hotel. A spokesperson for Bale said: “Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister.”

Bale denied the allegation, co-operated throughout the questioning, and gave his side of the story. He left the police station without any charge being made against him.

The arrest came a few hours after Bale attended the European premiere of Heath Ledger’s new Joker movie The Dark Knight in London. Ok, ok, it’s actually Bale’s new Batman movie, but all the hype and press has been Heath Ledger this, Joker that… What about Batman?

What other options does Christian Bale have to attempt to recapture some media attention? I mean it was his starring role and Ledger goes and tragically dies, effectively stealing the spotlight…

So was this a desperate publicity stunt or actual domestic abuse? Bale doesn’t have all his fancy Batman gadgets in real life, too bad his mom or sis didn’t have some gadgets of their own. A stun gun, taser or some pepper spray could have turned the tables on this wannabe superhero. ZAP! BAM! BIFF!

“Joker star Christian Bale Pepper Sprayed by Mom” or “Bale: Don’t Tase Me, Sis!” would have made some hilarious headlines.

Don’t let some joker blow up your mini van in Gotham City, let him have it.

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,

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Frank Cucci’s Unarmed Combat Course DVD

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 3 June, 2008

Unlike most people, Bridget hated quitting time. She wasn’t a
workaholic or anything, but ever since her company moved its
office to save on expenses, she dreaded the thought of the four-
block walk to the parking garage.

Winter made things worse. On top of feeling cold, Bridget
couldn’t stand to walk down the street in the dark. In the middle
of December, four in the afternoon may as well have been four in
the morning.

Adding insult to injury, her office manager had banned anything
that could be perceived as a weapon from the workplace. Bridget
couldn’t bring her pepper spray to work, nor could she invest in
a stun gun. Showing up at the office with anything she could use
to defend herself would get her fired.

When the New Year rolled around, Bridget vowed to get control of
things. She liked her job – and her paycheck – way too much to
just give it up. She thought about taking a martial arts course,
but that would eat up more time out of her day.

Surfing the web for ideas, she stumbled across one name again and

Frank Cucci.

Wondering why so many people were talking about Frank’s
revolutionary self-defense system, she discovered that he picked
up some amazing techniques after spending over a decade as a Navy
SEAL. Behind enemy lines, you can’t afford to use something that
doesn’t work – the first time.

Watching Frank’s video, she studied how he blended moves from
different disciplines. Nobody else would even think to mix up
Bruce Lee’s fighting moves with straight up roadhouse brawling.
It’s what works, Bridget realized, and she didn’t have to be a
star martial artist to make it work for her.

A few weeks later, Bridget’s co-workers complained about stuff
missing from their desks. She didn’t think too much about it
until she took the stairwell to the lunchroom – and stumbled into
an office thief!

All this time, she had worried about that awful walk to the
garage, when the real threat was right in her own building!

Bridget didn’t waste any time, since Frank’s visceral learning
style put all those key moves into “muscle memory.” Before he
could reach for a weapon, that thief found himself totally
subdued – by a five foot two inch tall office worker!

And for the first time in months, Bridget walked to her car
feeling totally confident in her surroundings.

Frank Cucci’s video can show you the exact moves
Bridget used to take her attacker by surprise and completely
disable him. She didn’t need any weapons, and neither will you.
Go to our Instructional Fighting DVD section
to see all of our Self Defense Videos.

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 Cook

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What’s in Your Pocket?

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 29 April, 2008

To quote those rather annoying credit card commercials
“What’s In Your Wallet?”

But really, what IS in your wallet? You probably have
Credit cards, bank cards, your id, pictures, Cash? I’m
pretty sure most of these items are pretty standard
fixtures in most people’s wallet or purse. And be sure
these are the same pretty coveted items that a common
street thug is after.

This same street thug is usually a grown up version of
the typical bully on the grade school playground. He is
preying on the seemingly weak with his fear and
intimidation tactics, and will get his way, over and over
again if you let him.

Especially in these times of our “economic slowdown”
(Isn’t that what the politicians are calling it?), many
economically challenged people may more readily resort to
crime and robbery in an attempt to get ahead at the
expense of unsuspecting you.

Don’t be a victim if you don’t have to. Losing your wallet
is quite the ordeal. Canceling and replacing all of your
cards, replacing ids, pictures and all of the other items
you have stashed and horded in your wallet or purse. Not
to mention how much of your hard earned cash has just
lined the pockets of some low life street rat.

So really, the better question is “What’s in Your Pocket?
(or on your keychain?)”

You would be surprised how much a little pepper spray
or a stun gun
would change the tune of this fear and
intimidation junkie. It is much harder to forcibly
demand your personal possessions if the creep’s eyes
are burning, tearing uncontrollably and having a fit of
coughing and choking. Some Mace to the face would give
you ample time to vacate the premises while this thug
has some quality time rolling around the pavement.

You would probably even have an extra second to execute
a quick boot to the gut on your way out if you so choose.

Once you are a safe distance away, alert the police to
have them clean up the mess and give the thug some time
to cool off.

Don’t be afraid to tool up with some self defense
and protect what is rightfully yours. Belongings
can be replaced but encounters with street thugs can quite
easily escalate into personal safety situations. The
quicker and more effiently the situation is dealt with,
the better.

When threatened, turn self defense into self offense. Take
the matter into your own hands and end it on your terms.
Control the situation, End the confrontation. The longer
the thug stays in control, the worse the situation can

Remember, this creep is not expecting you to offer any
resistance. Throw him off his game.

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,


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Machete Becoming Bay State’s Weapon of Choice?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 9 April, 2008

The only Friday the 13th on the calendar in 2008 is in June, but already there has been a rash of Jason Voorhees like attacks. And it is only April. So far, this is the reported Machete attacks already occurring this year in the state of Machetusetts, I mean Massachusetts:

Jan. 7: (Roxbury, MA) Two men are arrested after they allegedly chase two people down a street while wielding a machete.

Jan. 18: (Chicopee, MA) A man is struck on his head, face and arm by a machete in the parking lot of Sunco Trading Corp during a robbery.

Feb. 4: (Springfield, MA) A man is slashed in the neck and throat and a woman is hit in the arm and leg with a machete in the parking lot of a Gulf gas station.

March 4: (Lynn, MA) Outside Lynn English High School, a 16-year-old Lynn boy suffers a facial laceration and nearly loses his right thumb from a machete attack.

March 8: (Boston, MA) An East Boston man is found bleeding from both feet from a machete attack in a staircase on Meridian Street.

March 13: (Boston, MA) An East Boston teen, victim of a daytime assault at City Hall Plaza is hacked in the left arm, back and shoulder by a machete.

March 15: (Boston, MA) A Revere man is struck in the mouth and back by a machete in a daytime assault on Dorchester Avenue. A South Boston woman was also hit in the head with the machete as she attempted to intervene.

March 26: (Lynn, MA) A Lynn teen is sliced on his left arm with a machete at a Strawberry Avenue playground while playing soccer with two brothers.

To date, these attacks pale in comparison to the death, destruction and gore of the machete-wielding mass murderer in the movies, but this frequency of machete attacks would even make Jason proud.

The machetes are being described as “inexpensive weapons (that) are too easily obtained”. “It’s obviously a very dangerous implement. It can cause severe damage when wielded against another human being,” says Mass. DA Daniel F. Conley.

For somewhere between $5 and $30 bucks, just about anyone can purchase a machete from online to the local Wal-mart. Typically ranging from 18-24 inches, this steel blade that can “cut, chop, slash, hack, split, scrape, scoop, hammer, crack or smash just about anything you can put in front of it.”

Machete sales are largely unregulated due to the fact it is designed and classified as a basic farming tool, mainly used in third world countries. Just like most of the Asian Martial Arts weapons that were originally peasant farming tools several hundred or thousand years ago, before they became popularized in Karate movies and American dojos.

But don’t worry. Massachusetts law prevents the sale of self defense weapons to all of its law abiding citizens. No tasers, no stun guns and extremely limited pepper spray approval if you jump through enough hoops and red tape!

We do have a few self defense options left for you Massachusetts, New York or other restricted state residents. Our telescopic steel batons are rather nice. Not too bad of an option. I wouldn’t mind having at least a 26″ inch steel baton to combat some psycho with a 18″ blade. Not necessarily ideal, but you have the reach advantage. And you can practice some moves and train yourself pretty good to defend yourself with the
telescopic steel baton. Most likely the machete is just being flailed around by an inexperienced wielder…

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?

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Speak Softly and Carry a Telescopic Steel Baton

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 20 March, 2008

I really can’t seem to say enough about our telescopic
steel batons
. They are really a great self defense
weapon. When collapsed they range from a mere 6 inches
to about 9 inches long, and when deployed, they extend
to 16, 21 or 26 inch length.

They are extremely portable and easily concealed, as
well as being a very effective and devastating, making
them a widely popular personal protection tool.

Besides being formidable when used, the simple act of
just deploying this baton becomes a deterrent in many
cases. When snapped into action, the steel shafts
sliding into place and its loud and ominous click as it
locks into position can make even a hardened criminal
think twice about continuing their harassing behavior.

It is like the warning before the beat down. Who really
wants to be pummeled with a steel baton? The only give
is the target on impact, the steel baton is less than
forgiving when it meets an opponent’s flesh, bone or
muscle. Whack!

That noise is much like that ominous crackle of
electricity on an armed stun gun ready to be drilled
into the side of an attacker. Bzzzzzt! Few want to
continue to challenge, and those not yet privy to this
warning will soon be taught its association.

Just like Theodore Roosevelt used to say “Speak softly
and carry a big stick.” Or carry a small stick that
turns into a big stick
. “You will go far.”

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 Cook

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You Got Beat Up by a Girl!

Posted by Rob on Monday, 17 March, 2008

A “stocky” woman in her 20s broke a man’s leg in the UK
the other day by throwing him to the ground with a
martial arts judo throw.

The 22-year-old victim suffered a dislocated ankle and
spiral fracture to two bones in his leg after an alleged
unprovoked attack just before 2 AM on March 2nd. He is
now recovering at home after surgery on his leg, and
nursing a severely damaged ego after being beat up by
a girl.

Although this was a rare case of a guy getting roughed
up by a girl, (rare because most manly men would choose
not report this publicly), It goes to show women are not
always the inferior race and are able to defend
themselves when necessary if trained how to.

Whether with pepper spray, a stun gun, or some martial
arts moves learned in a self-defense class or on an
instructional DVD, leveling the playing field and
fighting back might just be enough to prevent being
a victim.

Perhaps that British gentleman in Taunton might want to
brush up on his self defence skills himself. Or maybe
next time he should at least tell his friends he was
beat up by 3 big guys in a dark alley, not “a stocky,
dark haired woman in her 20s…”

It may take quite some time for him live this one down.

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 Cook

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Stand Back! He’s Got a Spork!

Posted by Rob on Friday, 29 February, 2008

A man in Anchorage, Alaska has been arrested as a suspect in an attempted armed robbery. Allegedly, the suspect tried to grab a man’s watch and the victim thought the assailant swung a pocketknife at him, which caught him in the side.

Upon inspection of the wound, instead of a pocketknife slash, four small scratches were found, consistent with being administered by what appeared to be a less-than-lethal plastic spork.

If you are unfamiliar with this fast-food eating utensil, a spork is one of those hybrid spoon and fork combos. Restaurants that are too cheap to distribute both regular plastic spoons and separate regular plastic forks use these foolish implements. I hate sporks, now I hate to be worried about being held up by one?

The man was apprehended a few blocks from the scene, intoxicated, and carrying an actual pocketknife, as well as a backpack containing a crumpled fast food bag and a small arsenal of sporks.

It was not clear if the additional sporks were intended to be used to consume food or commit further criminal acts, so they were promptly confiscated by authorities.

I am actually at a loss on what to suggest to protect yourself from being attacked by a drunk man wielding a spork. Normally I might suggest some pepper spray or a stun gun, but that seems like overkill.

Perhaps a personal alarm might work. That way you can draw attention to the situation and more people can be alerted and share in the laughter at this feeble attempt to appear intimidating and dangerous with a spork.

I can’t even in good conscience recommend one of our instructional fighting DVDs to combat spork warfare as any of these masters would probably find it difficult to keep a straight face if confronted with a spork. Can you imagine Chris Clugston, Paul Vunak or Bob Taylor demonstrating the proper technique for properly disarming a plastic spork??

Ok, all kidding aside, these videos are actually excellent teaching aids, concentrating on simple and effective self defense moves that can be easily and quickly learned. Not everyone has years to devote to a full blown martial arts training regiment, but anyone can squeeze in a couple hours a week to watching and practicing some of these moves.

You never know when someone may pull a weapon on you. More often than not the weapon is going to be far worse than a spork, and the attacker may be after more than just your watch. Be prepared to defend your life or the life of a loved one.

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?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Bah, It’s only a 16 foot Python. No Worries Mate.

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 28 February, 2008

A 16 foot scrub python devoured a family dog in front of the
children, ages 5 and 7, who were playing in their yard. The
110 pound snake quickly squeezed the life out of the much
smaller silky terrier-Chihuahua crossbreed before swallowing
it whole at their home near Kuranda in Queensland state in

This story, as amazing as it is, actually gets worse. The
python actively stalked the family dog, as the family
noticed the snake hanging around for several days. They
even saw it hanging out in the dog’s bed, which apparently
was a tell-tale sign that the snake was out to get the dog,
says a local snake expert.

Ok fine, perhaps the family was unaware of the staking
rituals of a scrub python, but if you notice a 16 foot
python spending extra time around your house and you
have a small dog, and two small children, don’t you call
Animal Control ASAP? Crikey!

It’s not like they could have armed the pooch with pepper
or a stun gun but come on now. Pick up your phone
before your dog’s hind legs and tail are all that are
sticking out of the snake’s mouth.

Let’s step back for a second and forget about the animals
for a minute. If there was a strange van parked across the
street from your house on and off for a few days and you
noticed a suspicious looking stranger hanging around, how
long do you wait to call the police to check out the

Hopefully before your child or a neighbor’s child ends up
missing. If their indifferent reaction to the frequent
snake sightings are any indication, am afraid that might
be the case.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Protect yourself and your
loved ones. Buy some pepper spray or a stun gun. If you
live in bear country, buy some bear spray. Be prepared
before something bad happens.

And if you see a 16 foot snake staking out your property,
or a suspicious stranger, or a rabid dog, PICK UP YOUR
PHONE. Call the Police, call animal control, call your
cousin Big Vito, just do something!

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 Cook

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