Few will argue that the personal safety landscape in our country is changing—and for the worse. As a result of this, more and more women are taking responsibility for the safety of both themselves and their families by learning safety tips, taking self defense classes, and by carrying guns. Just one example of this is Cassandra McGinty, who, in 2010, when a Texas rapist began targeting older women, “developed a new routine.” As soon as she arrived home, she would perform a room to room search—with her handgun or stun gun drawn. Smart gal.
Criminals look for easy targets. A woman who is armed, is obviously not an easy target
Although more women than ever are carrying guns, not every woman is comfortable with the idea of applying for a concealed carry permit and carrying a lethal weapon on her person. Some opt to protect themselves with non-lethal self defense devices such as stun guns or pepper sprays. But the choice is not necessarily either/or. Many women carry both as it might be preferable to use one rather than the other at certain times. For example, if it is a windy day, it might not be a good idea for a woman to use pepper spray, especially if she happens to be standing down wind. That’s when the stun gun—not to be confused with the taser—would be the better option.
With a taser, a woman only gets one shot
Stun guns and tasers are not the same. For women, many believe the stun gun is the best choice. For example, the electrical current from a stun gun will not pass back to a victim if an assailant is touched while being stunned. That’s a big plus. Stun guns are the simpler choice. They do not require a felony background check and are legal in most states. For close range self defense, stun guns bring an attacker down quickly and efficiently. They are less costly than tasers, and they do not require replacement firing cartridges or power magazine replacements. Stun guns are powered by batteries or they come rechargeable.
Another reason stun guns are preferable for women, is that with a taser, a woman only gets one shot. If she misses, she could be in deep trouble. Taser devices have probes, and both electrode barbs must hit their target for the taser to be effective. If they do not, the intended victim may not have a chance to get away. And if a victim touches an assailant while he is being tasered, it is possible that the electrical current from the device could pass back to the victim (depending on where the probes enter and attach to the attacker’s body).
Some police officers prefer stun guns to tasers. They claim that just the sight of the device often brings instant cooperation from suspects. Just so, would-be attackers could also be deterred by just the sight of a woman’s stun gun. A woman who feels threatened, can possibly avoid an attack by firing a warning shot from her stun gun. Stun guns do not shoot probes as tasers do, so there is no danger of innocent bystanders being hurt by the warning shot. Warning shots from stun guns simply produce an alarming, though harmless, electrical crackling sound along with some sparks that could very well deter an attack before it ever happens.
Criminals look for easy targets. A woman who is armed, is obviously not an easy target. And with more women, than ever before, arming themselves, the personal safety landscape in our country just might be changing again—only for the better this time.