Monday, February 04, 2008

Safety Propositions: Buy a Taser instead of a Gun

The Cincinnati Inquirer's Lori Kurtzman reports that sales of personal tasers are increasing quickly. This makes perfect sense to me. The Taser corporation claims its products are more effective at stopping crazed attackers than 9mm handgun and I believe them.

The civilian taser is the C2. What I love about the C2 is that it looks like a Star Trek TNG phaser.

I think one is safer with a Taser than a pistol. If you shoot yourself with your Taser, it's not such a big deal. I also think a person is more likely to use less than lethal force. It's also morally and legally superior to use less than lethal force for self-defense or defense of others.

The liability for using a taser is far lower than using a firearm. Tasers are also cheaper than guns. Stun Masters has a good deal on them right now.

Here's a video of an editor at Popular Mechanics being shocked.

Pistols and revolvers are hard to shoot accurately under pressure. Guns are notoriously bad at killing people crazed on PCP or meth. They die eventually, but not without putting up a hell of a fight.

The 1986 Miami Shoot-out where one former Ranger named Michael Platt killed 2 FBI agents and greviously wounded 5 other agents despite being shot near the heart in the opening seconds of the fight. (See the Gun Zone for a more detailed account of the shoot-out.)

If Platt had been hit with a Taser instead, those FBI agents might be alive today.

Anyway, here's a video of three teen boys who agreed to be tasered. Dumbasses.

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