April 4, 2009
Let’s talk about….Stun Guns
Let’s define the two most common types of stun guns. Really when you talk about a stun gun you’re talking about the hand held guns that you have to physically contact someone with in order to get it to work. The other type of stun gun is what most people think about when they think about stun guns. Those are the stun guns made by Taser. So when we talk about stun guns, we mean the handheld ones and the Taser is the “shooting” stun gun.
Now there are two main number you look for when you’re talking about a stun gun. There’s the volts, anywhere from 50,000 to 1,000,000 volts. This actually doesn’t tell you much about the tool except that a 1,000,000 volt gun will work a bit quicker than a 100,000 gun, for instance. Another number to keep in mind is tha amperage of the stun gun. 1 single amp is enough to kill someone. Most stun guns run at about 3 or 4 miliamps.
Another thing to consider is how strong you are. It is pssible that a small man or woman won’t have the strength to keep someone from taking a stun gun away from you and use it on you. There are several styles of stun guns that masqerade as common items like cell phones. In addition there are multiple use items like flashlight/stunguns. This can be an advantage in that a potential attacker dismisses or doesn’t realize that an item really is a stun gun. Since most attackers try to sneak up on someone unseen and grab someone, this can be an effective counter to that kind of a surprise.
Now, one popular misconception about stun guns is that if someone is touching you and you stun them, the current will somehow leap and stun you as well. The human body isn’t that good of a conductor and the energy from a stun gun is discharged from between the two prongs of the gun. What happens when a person is hit by a stun gun is that the current travels along the nervous system of the body interfering with the signals between the brain and the muscles. That pretty much keeps someone from doing pretty much anything while they are being stunned.
The C2 and Advanced Tasers work a bit differently than a stun gun. First off, they shoot prongs that lodge just under an attackers skin and the current travels along the wire into the system of the attacker. While a Taser also interferes with the signals between the brain and the muscles, it also causes the muscles to contract and deplete themselves of glycogen. Glycogen is what muscles use for energy and when that is depleted, blood sugar is converted into glycogen thus the muscles have more energy to use. Now when blood sugar in the body is depleted, as anyone with diabetes will tell you, you get very tired. Very tired. So your attacker won’t be thinking about continuing the attack any time soon. Plus in a pinch, the Advanced and C2 Tasers can be used as regular stun guns, if you’re grabbed unawares for example.
Now I’m a big fan or less than lethal technology for several reasons. First we live in a country that has more lawyers per capita than any other country in the world. So if you go around shooting people, even in self defense, you can expect that sometime you’ll wind up in civil court. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to spend my money on than lawyers and court fees. Not to mention that if a judgement goes against you, you’re on the hook for damages that could run to the millions. Second, when you hit with a stun gun or a Taser, your adversary is going down for the count. With a gun if wing someone in the arm or leg or even in the torso, they might still be able to come after you. Third, I also believe that people do stupid things and sometimes they can learn when they hit a brick wall, especially punk kids. At the very least you won’t have someones death on your conscience.