By Kellene Bishop
The primary reason why I don’t recommend a stun gun for self-defense is one of the critical reasons why I DO recommend a woman use a firearm… distance.
Anything you have to use in close proximity of your attacker would be the LAST choice for a self-defense weapon choice on my list. Firearms give you the benefit of distance whereas stun guns are only effective in close encounters. A stun gun may not completely debilitate your attacker and thus more punching and other attack moves are likely to continue. They are also very ineffective on individuals who have narcotics or excessive amounts of alcohol in their system. Consider as well you are at the mercy of whether or not your battery is functioning. Also, a stun gun is ineffective with multiple attackers. I mean really. If you are able to stun one attacker, don’t you think you’ve suitably warned any additional company he may have with him? Do you know whether or not the stun gun will properly facilitate on repeated uses with the necessary power? Additionally, a stun gun in such close proximity can easily be turned on you by the sheer strength of your attacker.
Now compare this to the safety which a firearm affords. The effective use of a firearm has much more stopping power than a stun gun, at a distance, and even at small calibers and with no faulty batteries to rely on. One firearm can easily handle multiple attackers. A heart will stop cold with a well-placed bullet regardless of the drug or alcohol content of an attacker’s blood. The very sight of a firearm held competently in the hands of determined woman has been known to stop numerous attacks throughout our nation. Many attacks. Even a misplaced shot to the leg or shoulder, while not fatal, is usually suitable to eliminate the threat of the attacker. The majority of all violent criminals do NOT expect a woman to be armed with a firearm, thus you have a significant element of surprise on your side as well. Ultimately, you want to be safe. And the further away you can be from an attacker to ensure that safety, the better.
If you are against a firearm, then at least consider a taser. At least a taser can give you about 10 feet (maximum) of distance and cannot as easily be turned on you. However, keep in mind that there have been several reports of men being hit with a taser by law enforcement in which they were not affected whatsoever. So again, my weapon of choice is of course a firearm. But if you’ve got to use a close second, I’d make sure you have a taser and a working cell phone at all times.
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