Why a Taser Gun is Better for Self Defense Than a Handgun
The world is a dangerous and uncertain place. You never know what each new day may bring. Though both violent crime and property crime rates have been going down in the US, there is never a guarantee that you won't be a victim.
That's why it's best to be prepared.
You may find it distasteful to carry a weapon for self-defense. However, if you're ever attacked, you will be so incredibly grateful for the weapon in your hand.
But what is the best weapon for you? Is a handgun your only and best option? What if you don't want to have to potentially kill an attacker to defend yourself?
Enter the taser gun. Let's look at some reasons why it may be a better choice than a handgun to carry as a defensive weapon.
What Is a Taser Gun?
To make sure that we're all on the same page, let's explain what a taser is.
Although tasers look similar to a handgun, they don't do the same thing. Instead of shooting deadly bullets, tasers work by delivering a powerful electric shock to its victim.
The shock temporarily disrupts the body's communication. Basically, the brain cannot send its normal electrical impulses to tell the muscles what to do. This incapacitates the recipient for a short while, giving you the upper hand.
A taser will not kill its target, making it a great form of non-lethal self-defense. But it will put its target out of commission for a few moments, which is just what you need to call for help or get away.
Ease of Use
To use a handgun responsibly, you should take classes and practice with it for many hours. If you don't know that you have good control of your handgun, it isn't wise to carry it around with you.
In the heat of the moment, you will react. If you haven't had the proper training to control that reaction, you could hurt yourself or an innocent bystander.
For example, you could miss your target and strike someone else. You could also freeze up and your attacker may be able to disarm you. If he didn't have a weapon before, now he does.
A taser is much easier to learn to use. Plus, as a non-lethal weapon even if you make a mistake, the damage is not as severe.
The range on a taser is significantly shorter at about 15 feet. But you have to spend hours in the range to become proficient with a firearm at longer distances anyway.
At only 15 feet or less, you have a pretty good chance of striking your target even without hours of practice.
Contrary to what you see on TV where actors cavalierly chat during a gunfight, a gun's report is really loud. In close quarters and without ear protection, it's enough to temporary deafen you. It can also surprise you if you're not used to it.
Even if you spend a lot of time at the range, you won't be used to the sound since you probably shoot with ear protection. In a situation where you have to fire your gun, you don't want anything to cause you to lose focus. The sound of the gun could do just that.
A taser, on the other hand, is virtually silent. You hear the electricity as it zaps your attacker and that's about it. It's less distracting than the sound of a gunshot, and can even give a sense of satisfaction at stopping your attacker.
Use of Force Continuum
If you plan to carry a weapon, the use of force continuum is something you should be aware of. If you ever use force against an attacker, you may have to deal with legal ramifications afterward.
In most cases, you only have a right to respond with an equal amount of force as that being used against you. For example, if you kill an attacker, you will probably have to prove that you felt your life was in danger.
In case you can establish this, you may not receive a punishment. You still may be out quite a bit of time and money in legal fees, though. If you can't prove that the attacker intended to harm or kill you or another person, you could be in serious legal trouble.
This is where non-lethal weapons have a huge advantage. Depending on the situation, the law may still investigate the matter. But when nobody dies, there is a much lower chance that you could get in trouble.
The Psychological Aspect
Another thing to consider is your own readiness to kill. Taking the life of another human being is a serious thing, even if they 're attacking you.
The first rule of gun use is to never point your weapon at anything you are not prepared to kill. In many cases, simply showing your weapon is enough of a deterrent.
But you cannot plan to use a handgun as a deterrent weapon only. You can only pull out a gun if you are prepared to use it.
A seasoned criminal may sense your hesitance and take advantage of it. They may even be able to disarm you and you'll find yourself in a worse position than you were before.
The only person who can be with you at all times is you. If you want 24/7 protection you need to learn how to be your own bodyguard.
The right weapon can drastically improve your chances of successfully defending yourself. For many people, handguns are too deadly and not the best option.
In these cases, a taser gun can be a great alternative. They are powerful enough to level the playing field against a physically stronger attacker. Yet, they don't carry the same legal and psychological ramifications as a weapon that deals deadly force.
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