April 4, 2009
One of the thoughts I’ve been having recently is how in a life or death situation you really need to trade space for time. More so than a gun; alarms, sprays and stun guns can give you the time you need for help to arrive. My apartment, for instance, doesn’t have much space in it, so I have to be quick when it comes to defending against a burglar or attacker. The same thing also applies if I’m assaulted or mugged outdoors or in a public place.
Alarms are the first line of defense. Whether alarms on the doors and windows of a home, motion detector alarms in rooms and/or doorstop alarms in the home or personal alarms on your person when outside, a good alarm is critical. This will either scare your assailant away or tell them that you are serious about protecting yourself. This should take care of most of the criminals who just want a smash and grab anyway.
One of the things that I like about a doorstop alarm is that you can use it not only to sound an alarm, but also can use it to create a barricade. Remember you’re trading space for time. Plus the fact that a criminal won’t let something like this deter them from coming into your home or assaulting you tells you something about their intentions. At this point in time you can pretty much rule out burglary and robbery as motives. What’s left are physical injury and/or rape. Which lends itself to a whole different level of threat.
That’s where the next deterrent comes into play. Since we’re trading space for time, anything which delays an attacker from reaching you or enables you to get away from them is a good thing. That’s where we come to the second piece of defensive synergy.
Pepper spray is great for denying a person access to rooms in your home or breaking away from an attacker. Space for time. As I’ve said <a href=https://ledefensetech.wordpress.com/2009/03/26/lets-talk-aboutpepper-spray>here</a> and <a href=https://ledefensetech.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/more-on-pepper-spray>here</a>, pepper spray is a great deterrent against an attacker and gives you plenty of time to get away. In addition, many pepper sprays come with UV dye incorporated in them so you can avoid the hassle of a lineup. A simple black-light is all that’s needed to determine who the perpetrator really is.
This should be sufficient to deter all but the most fanatical of attackers. I can’t believe that anyone would be able to continue an assault after getting a face full of pepper spray. Still defense it not about I can’t believe or I don’t think. You have to be sure. An attacker only has to succeed once in an attack, you have to succeed every time if you want to keep yourself safe. So now we come to the final tool in the synergy of defense.
A stun gun will pretty much end any confrontation right there. I’ve discussed stun guns <a href=https://ledefensetech.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/lets-talk-aboutstun-guns>before</a>. Depending on the type you get, you’ll either have to get within arms length of your attacker or you’ll have up to 15 feet of distance to play with. In the end, that’s why an advanced Taser (similar to the ones cops use) and C2 Tasers are usually the way to go. Not only do they give you stand-off capability and the ability to control the situation from a distance, in a pinch they can be used as a regular stun gun.
Now as part of the Defense Synergy concept, if you disable someone using pepper spray and want to take them down for the count, now is the time to use the stun gun. While it would be more prudent to call the police, by this point in time many people would be filled with indignation, anger and, well, how-dare-you-attack-me! So it’s understandable that someone will feel a desire to strike back against thier would-be attacker.
With a regular stun gun, the effects last for several minutes, giving you time to get away. With a Taser style stun gun the effects can take much longer to wear off. That’s due to the nature of the effects a Taser stun gun has over regular stun guns. Plus with the Advanced Tasers and C2 Tasers, you can pull the trigger three times and set up a cycle in which the perpetrator is actively stunned for 30 seconds. Then they have to recover from the effects of that, which can take quite a bit of time. Possibly long enough for you to return with the cops. Even if the perpetrator is not there when you return, all you have to do is get the police report and send it to Taser and they’ll replace your stun gun <a href=http://www.taser.com/research/Pages/ConsumerFAQs.aspx>free of charge</a>. Your life is worth more than any tool. As an added bonus the stun gun will now be ineffective because the Taser is keyed to you by information you provide to Taser when they do a background check on you. They won’t even be able to buy new cartriges and it will be useless to them. So by all means, pull the trigger three times and leave it.
Now many might argue that a gun doesn’t require all of these plans and convolutions, but those advocates don’t take several things into account. First is that anyone can file a lawsuit against anyone in civil court. Even if the plaintiff doesn’t win, the time, money and effort by the defendant is still lost and the opportunities that otherwise might have been realized are now gone forever. Second, there is a political movement in this country to reserve all force to the government. And finally, most people when faced with a live or die situation will, even at the cost of their own life, hesitate. Due to their natures, less than lethal technology can overcome that natural inclination to do no harm. Also, in many cases of assault, you may not have time to draw a firearm. Also when you draw a firearm, that automatically raises the stakes between you and an attacker. Due to the innocuous nature of many of these tools, they can be brought into play before an attacker realizes what the tool is. Surprise can be a useful tool in and of itself. Besides you just can’t beat the 30 second incapacitation that a stun gun brings. With a gun, it’s always a gamble if you can do enough damage to stop someone before they get to you.
On a final note, you can’t predict crazy so it’s best to have many avenues of defense to give youself the greatest chance of turning the tables on your attacker.
March 23, 2009
The death of a 4 year old in Echo Park, Los Angeles by a recent “non-violent” parolee leaves one questioning if anyone released from prison can be trusted. And these people will have to be let go. California is among the worst with budget shortfalls, many states will be following in the near future as tax receipts from sales tax fall.
Another unintended consequence of the law is this report by California’s Sex Offender Management Board regarding the living places of sex offenders. Apparently one of the effects of the law has been to push these people past the margins of society and into homelessness, where law enforcement can’t keep track of them. Now instead of being able to see where these people live, they move invisibly among the growing homeless population every day. Could the even be in the tent cities springing up all across the nation?
If so, this could be a disaster waiting to happen. I’ve worked with kids who have been sexually abused. Sometimes you can bring them back and sometimes you can’t. The deciding factor seems, at least to me, to be the level of violence involved in the abuse and the victim’s reaction to the violence. I would think that life among the dispossessed in the tent cities will, sooner or later, degenerate into violence.
The worst part of all of this is the fact that most of it will occur under the radar. With the budget cuts, increase of parolees and law enforcement being a less attractive career, there won’t be much if any manpower devoted to the problem. Much like the inner city projects before them, tent cities will be incubators of crime. Politics, as usual is focused on yesterday’s problems and this is going to blindside those in power just like the problems of the economy did. As usual, it’s up to us to decide how we’re going to protect ourselves from the tyranny of evil men.