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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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Fake Cougar Tasered in Michigan

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009

I usually tend to side with law enforcement on Taser use. Typically you have the cases of belligerent, drunk or otherwise unruly individuals resisting arrest or failing to obey the simple orders of a police officer. Then they get tased and wonder why. Don’t Tase me, Bro!

But this story out of Warren, Michigan leaves me puzzled.

Apparently, 911 was called when someone saw a huge cat, bearing resemblance to a 150-pound cougar in Bates Park. I suppose that report would cause some concern.

Local police dispatched 10 officers to the scene of the prowling cougar and the animal’s silhouette was spotted hiding in a cement drain pipe.

A Taser was deployed and the animal was zapped. It was then they realized it was only a toy stuffed animal.


Roar I Say!

The Police Commissioner said investigators now believe the incident was a prank that cost the police department about $1,000 in wasted police hours from responding to the scene and filling out associated paperwork.

Ashton Kutcher was not reported on the scene, so it probably wasn’t an episode of PUNK’D.

But now the citizens of Warren can rest assured that there is one less stuffed animal on the loose.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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TASER Inventor Dies at 88

Posted by Rob on Monday, 16 February, 2009

The scientist who invented the TASER stun gun in the 1960s, died earlier this month. This post is a tad long, but it is a neat history lesson.


John “Jack” Higson Cover, Jr. passed away on February 7, 2009 at the age of 88.

Trained as a nuclear physicist, most of Cover’s professional career was spent in the aerospace and defense business.

Cover was born on April 6, 1920 in New York City, but grew up in the Chicago area. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Chicago, where he was instructed by renowned atomic scientists Enrico Fermi and Edward Teller.

He was always tinkering with gadgets and created cooked-food testers, voice activated switches and electric toothbrushes in the 1940s.

Cover was an Army Air Forces test pilot during World War II. After the war, he spent several years at the Inyokern Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake, Calif. He was a scientist at North American Aviation from 1952 until 1964 and later worked for IBM and Hughes.

In response to a rash of airplane hijackings in the 1960s, Cover started development on what would later be known as a TASER. He realized the risk involved as sky marshals started to arm themselves with handguns on commercial airliners to discourage hijackers.

“Let me figure out something better than shooting people that might crash the plane,” said Cover knowing if a stray bullet missed a hijacker and pierced the plane’s fuselage instead, it may go down.

Going off what he heard about a man who was temporarily immobilized by a fallen power line, he began development of a device resembling a flashlight in his garage in the late 1960s. Except this flashlight shot darts up to 15 feet and delivered an electric charge.

“Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle” by Victor Appleton was one of Cover’s favorite childhood books. In the story, the young Tom Swift invented a rifle that shot bolts of electricity. Cover adapted the acronym TASER and derived his weapon’s name from “Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle”, using the formal first name of Tom, and including the middle initial “A”, that did not appear in the book, but fit well in the acronym. (Cover once joked that answering the phone TSER was awkward so he added the middle initial.)

Quite pleased with his invention, Cover assumed that this weapon capable of stunning but not killing a man would have wide appeal. In 1970, TASER Systems Inc. was created.

Unfortunately, due to the gunpowder propulsion in the darts, the TASER device was classified as a firearm by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. This discouraged sales to police and military forces and prevented any possibility of a civilian market.


Jack Cover with a TASER Prototype, 1975

Cover continued to attempt to market his 7-watt TASER during the 1970s but was ultimately failing. At the expense of a tragic event in 1979, Cover got a break. A woman in Los Angeles, Eula Love, was shot to death in an altercation between herself and the Los Angeles Police Department over an unpaid gas bill. As a result of this controversy, the LAPD finally agreed to field test the TASER in 1980.

The LAPD eventually approved use of a more effective 11-watt TASER model. Even with LAPD and several other agencies buying in, overall sales still did not take off as expected and the business eventually collapsed after some success in the 1980s.

In 1993, Tom and Rick Smith from Arizona contacted the 73-year-old Cover, and expressed interest in revamping the TASER into a non-lethal self-defense device that could be legally sold to the general public.

“Jack was very dedicated to the mission,” said Tom Smith, co-founder and chairman of TASER International. “He had a true belief in where this technology was going to go.”

In 1994, TASER International launched the AIR TASER with a breakthrough compressed air propulsion system, instead of gunpowder.

The TASER is now the most widely sold projectile stun guns in the world and has been adopted by more than 13,000 military and law enforcement agencies in over 45 countries around the world. In addition, more than 180,000 civilian model TASER Devices have been sold to private citizens.

“Jack is an unsung hero. He did something great for the world, saved a lot of lives and prevented a lot of injuries,” said Greg Meyer, a retired police captain who was in charge of LADP’s non-lethal weapons research who has known Cover for 30 years.

The TASER product line has its fair share of critics. The American Civil Liberties Union has been pushing to have TASER devices classified as lethal weapons, but medical experts disagree on whether the Tasers directly caused the deaths. Many still can not dispute the effectiveness of the TASER in the prevention of deadly police encounters and an improvement in the tactics needed to place violent and unruly offenders into custody.

Many times just drawing the TASER has been known to change the mind of an otherwise less-than-cooperative individual. See Also: Don’t Tase Me Bro! Or the Emu!

One of TASER International’s latest products is the TASER C2, aimed at civilians.

The new Taser C2 comes in eight attractive and stylish colors: black pearl, titanium silver, metallic pink, electric blue, red hot, forest camouflage, desert camouflage and leopard print.

In police studies, the new TASER C2 has a higher instant incapacitation rate than a 9mm hand gun. The TASER C2 shoots out 2 darts attached to 15 feet of wire. 50,000 volts travels over the wires and over-rides the central nervous system providing incredible take down power.

Not everyone wants to carry a firearm with the potential for taking a life in self-defense. Normal stun guns require you to be dangerously close to your attacker (although your TASER C2 can be used as a contact stun gun in a pinch). The personal TASER C2 eliminates these problems and provides a less-than-lethal way to stop aggression and allow you quickly escape to contact the police.

Cover was suffering Alzheimer’s disease and died of pneumonia at the Golden West Retirement Home in Mission Viejo. Cover was cremated, and there were no immediate plans to conduct a memorial service. In addition to his wife Ginny, of San Clemente, four children, two stepchildren, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive him.

Other Related TASER Blog Posts:

Your Life is Worth More than the Cost of a TASER

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Don’t Tase the Emu, Bro!

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 21 August, 2008

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

Posted by Rob on Monday, 11 August, 2008

VS.

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?

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, TASER Devices 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 TASER Devices 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 Advanced Taser M18L 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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Seriously, If not now, then when?

Posted by Rob on Friday, 1 August, 2008

Everyone procrastinates. No big deal right?

I hate mowing the lawn. More often then not, the grass in my yard ends up taller then it should be by the time I get around to cutting it. Oh well, no one is going to die over it.

I’m sure you can think of several things you should have already done, but have yet to start. I’m sure you have a slew of excuses on why they haven’t been finished. No time, no money, no motivation, would rather watch TV, maybe someone else will do it for me…

Let’s go back to my yard for a minute.

No time – well that’s debatable, but I can usually find a spare hour if I really try.

No money – gas is pretty expensive these days, but my 2 1/2 gallon gas can in the garage lasts quite a few mowings, especially how often I get out there

No motivation – now we are getting closer.

Would rather watch TV – I can think of plenty of things I’d rather do than mow the lawn.

Maybe someone else will do it for me – the kids can’t grow up fast enough to take over this responsibility, but no such luck yet.

What about a more serious issue?

I get plenty of people visiting my website, some buy, some don’t. I understand people surfing for information, then taking some time to make up their mind. But I’m sure some people are taking an unusually long time to decide or ultimately end up deciding not to bother. Or saying “I’ll get one later”. No big deal right?

Well procrastinating about grass cutting and procrastinating about protecting the safety and well-being of yourself, your loved ones or your belongings is quite a different story.

Seriously, If not now, then when?

Coulda, shoulda, woulda is NOT what you want to be saying to yourself after hopefully surviving an incident that coulda, shoulda, woulda ended up differently if you bought some pepper spray, a stun gun, taser or any of our wide variety of self defense related products.

You never know when you, your spouse, your parents, or your child might draw the attention of an ill-intentioned creep. If that happens and you are not prepared, hopefully the loss is only material related. Stolen purse, stolen wallet. Could be prevented, but no one had to get beat up, raped or killed.

More serious, if the problem did escalate or the money was not the target, hopefully procrastination did not leave you high and dry.

Purchase your self-defense weapons of choice, and practice using them. Know how, when and why to use them. Arm yourself, arm your spouse, arm your kids away at college, or anyone else you care about if you feel they would procrastinate protecting themselves.

Cell phone stun guns are great, no one would notice the difference between it and a real cellular phone. Keychain pepper sprays are convenient and easy to use. You always have your keys on you, make it a habit to carry your keys by the keychain pepper spray canister and always have it ready to deploy if necessary.

I just had a pepper spray order the other day from a 4th degree martial arts black belt, well versed in several martial arts. He told me he believed even someone like himself should carry and equalizer or two.

Have options, know what to do, be aware, be safe and be protected.

You and your family are Worth Protection. Don’t procrastinate any longer.

Seriously, If not now, then when?

Yours in safety,
Rob

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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,
Rob

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Taser Debate, Round 12337478…

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 June, 2008

The following excerpts come from an article out of Dothan, Alabama’s DothanEagle.com. Apparently a guy was stopped for not wearing his seat belt, tried to run from the police officer, got zapped by a Taser, and ended up in the hospital. So of course all these bleeding heart whiners are up in arms.

So lets break down the incident. “…we find this episode troubling, regardless of whether the deputy acted within the scope of departmental policy.” Of course you do…

“The undeniable fact is that a young man who was apparently in good health when the deputy stopped him for a seatbelt violation is now in critical condition at a local hospital.” Ok, let’s get this straight. A Taser is a compliance weapon, classified as Less-Than-Lethal. Not non-lethal. You get legally zapped with a Taser for non-compliance from a police officer, or in self-defense by an average citizen with a C2 that you are trying to rob, injure or otherwise do bad things to. Stop Resisting Arrest. Stop Trying to Hurt Me. No? ZAP!

Illegal use of stun guns, Tasers or pepper spray is not under debate on this post. A criminal can rob 7-11 or a unsuspecting law-abiding citizen with a stun gun, Taser or pepper spray, just as easily as a knife, hand gun, baseball bat, fists or his finger pointing through his jacket pocket. You can not ban every possible weapon in existance with the hopes of curbing violent crimes.

Squirt guns are non-lethal, you will not die from getting shot by a plastic water gun. Regular firearm hand guns are lethal weapons. There is a good chance you will suffer a lethal, deadly or otherwise not nice injury, that has a good chance of resulting in your death. Stun Guns, Tasers and other EMD type weapons are less-than-lethal.

So far, Tasers have not been “directly” linked to causing death immediate death to normal healthy adults. Perhaps “undetermined medical condition that was exacerbated by the Taser shocks” are possible. If your body is loaded up with drugs (you obviously have little concern of your personal well being anyways), a Taser jolt may cause more damage to you. If you have some weird, rare or unknown health, heart, or muscular condition, yes a EMD weapon might injury you more than temporarily. You could just get shot with a sidearm if you prefer…

“Perhaps he had illegal drugs in his possession, as the investigation suggests. Perhaps not. He was unarmed and trying to keep from getting arrested.” Yes, by running away, that is called resisting arrest in most jurisdictions…

“Perhaps he was also intent on harming the deputy. Or perhaps not. Reasonable people cannot condone Mr. Cody’s behavior. If he was not wearing his seat belt, he was breaking the law. If he had drugs, he was breaking the law. When he tried to get away from the officer, he broke the law. However, any person in Mr. Cody’s situation is presumed innocent until proved guilty. Should a fleeing suspect who isn’t a mortal threat to an officer be subjected to the potentially lethal shock of a stun gun? If not a stun gun, then what?”

Again, that is called resisting arrest. he is “presumed innocent until proved guilty” while he is standing there. As soon as he runs away, he is now guilty of resisting arrest. Should the police officer have just given up and said “Darn he is getting away… guess I have to wait for another bad guy…”?

“This matter delivers the inevitable debate about the appropriate use of stun guns like a bolt from the blue. Until the larger argument is settled — and the question will almost certainly be decided by the nation’s highest court — stun guns will cause far more injuries, both to suspects whose physical reaction cannot be fully anticipated and to officers who may rely on a device that may not be 100 percent effective.”

Ok, this use of a taser (not stun gun) was not out of the blue. Officers clearly announce a warning before deploying a Taser. The suspect was fleeing arrest, he was not going to stop. Police officers do not have the time to fully anticipate the physical reactions of some lunatic resisting arrest. Is he going to just run away? Is he going to run 10 feet and then pull a gun? Is he going to run 20 feet and alert 8 accomplices?

If you really want to walk a mile in the shoes of an average police officer and actually have a lick of sense when criticizing them, please sign up to a police academy, get trained, strap on your Taser and put your life on the line day in and day out. Don’t sit there and arm-chair quarterback law enforcement when you really have no clue what goes on and what it entails.

If some thug breaks into your house, or a drunk driver is pulled over before hitting one of your family members on the road, or some other criminal is about to commit a crime that affects you personally – and an officer subdues them with a Taser, I doubt you will be screaming “Don’t Tase Him, Bro!”

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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Beware: Attack Python on Duty

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 17 June, 2008

A man in Bridgeport, CT as arrested after he attempted to order his 9-foot-long albino python to attack two police officers. Lucky for the cops, pythons rank near goldfish on the pet obedience scale. None-the-less, the 21-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening the police after the incident.

The cops were called to investigate a call that the man was threatening his girlfriend with the pet snake. The building superintendent opened his apartment door for the police officers and the man allegedly threatened them with the animal and told it to “Get them!” Although the python did not comply with the order, the man was taken into custody and the python was relocated to the city’s animal control shelter.

I’m sure the officers shared laugh after the incident, it can’t be very often that a lazy “attack” snake is used to protect its owner from authorities. Even with laser sighting, it would be rather hard to taser a 9-foot-long python if it did become aggressive.

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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Guns Don’t Kill, People Do.

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 4 June, 2008

This anti-weapon, anti-gun, anti-Taser babble is really getting ridiculous by all these ignorant bleeding heart liberals. Let’s get one thing straight, again…

Guns don’t kill, people do. Tasers don’t kill, people do.

It is not the weapon performing the action, it is the physical being behind the implement. You can be killed with a #2 pencil quite easily. You can be beat to death by a heavy glass bottle or mug. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE INANIMATE OBJECT IS! A knife is not going to stab someone by itself.

One of the latest stories coming out of New Zealand. This time, a man charges a police officer with a knife and is fatally shot. Are guns bad? No. Stupid people charging police officers with deadly weapons are bad. Give me a break.

The following quote in defense of the “justified and unavoidable” shooting was awesome. “You have been watching too many Hollywood movies if you think police are supposed to go into hand-to-hand combat and disarm the offender using a Stephen Segal move.”

But this story goes on further to criticize the police for use of excessive force. “Have the Queensland police never heard of Tasers or pepper spray?” was one of the comments. I don’t know, have the Queensland citizens never heard of not resisting arrest?

But wait, the other half of the media is reporting all the crybabies trying to ban the Taser because they are trying to blame a few deaths out of the hundreds of thousands of non-lethal deployments of Tasers in the field. So far, these taser-related deaths have been proven to be not directly related to the actual Taser. But what if 0.01% of the cases were actually Taser related? Aren’t those odds a hell of a lot better than being shot by a pistol?

The police have a job to do and everyone knows it. If you have yet to figure that out and decide to refuse to listen to orders, resist arrest, or attempt bodily injury on a cop then you typically have 3 consequences. His gun, his baton or his taser. None of the options sound pleasant, but realistically you get what you ask for.

I have watched tons of the YouTube videos and COPS shows on TV. Just about every clip when a Taser was used was a perfect example of why it needed to be deployed. Seriously, sit there and watch some. Guy/Girl gets pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Police approach and give a simple order such as “Can I see your license and registration. Stupid guy/girl refuses and starts yelling at cop. The police officer attempts to calm person down and warns he has a Taser if he doesn’t calm down and comply. Guy/Girl hops out of car still yelling and swearing, then aggressively runs towards cop. Cop tases guy/girl and arrests them.

Ok, I am failing to see why there are 100 YouTube comments complaining about police brutality after those clips. It was pretty obvious that most rational thinking people would not act that way or condone this type of behavior. If I am told by a cop I will get hit with a Taser if I don’t calm down, I tend to believe him, not test it.

Sure, there are isolated incidents when someone, police officer or normal civilian (doesn’t matter) uses a Taser or other “Self-defense” weapon with poor judgment. But again, it is not the inanimate objects fault. One bad cop is not a reason to ban Tasers, it is a training issue that needs to be corrected. That one cop in particular would need to be disciplined, retrained or fired. Not responsible for banning one of the most effective tools in a police officers arsenal. And some fool receiving justified and unavoidable force that happens to result in his untimely death, is sad, but also not a reason to cause such an uproar.

This is the same as the Anti-Gun Laws that people are trying to pass. Look it up. Many cases of the cities where restrictive gun laws are passed are high crime rates before and after. Listen to the following statement. IF YOU TELL A NON-LAW ABIDING CRIMINAL TO NOT CARRY A GUN, HE WILL CONTINUE TO NOT FOLLOW THE LAWS AND CARRY ANYWAYS. If he actually decides to not carry a gun for whatever reason, the NON-LAW ABIDING CRIMINAL will carry a knife, baseball bat, #2 pencil or whatever other makeshift weapon he feels like and continue to commit crimes.

The only difference is the law abiding citizens will not be able to carry whatever self defense weapon is being singled out. News flash: the criminals do not care, or they would not be criminals. Is there less crime in Massachusetts because you can not carry Tasers, Stun Master Stun guns or easily obtain pepper spray or Mace? No. Is there less crime in DC because it is a Gun-Free Zone? No. Would those places be better off with weapons? Well put it this way, when there is less fear of retaliation or resistance, criminals has far less to lose when attempting to commit a crime. They already know you do not have a weapon to defend yourself with. They however probably do.

Gun Free Zones (and self defense weapon restrictive areas) mind as well put out welcome mats and post signs saying “We have no guns or self protection tools at our disposal, please feel free to enter at your leisure”. I’m sure those cars and houses with the gun stickers saying “This car/house is protected by Smith & Wesson” provide more of a crime deterrent.

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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