Personal safety requires action, not reaction

In 2005 I was a victim of a violent crime. This attack took place in my home. I was shot three times with a 38-caliber revolver. Had I been armed with a gun, I don’t know that I would have been able to protect myself and pull the trigger if I would have had to. There is a big difference from protecting yourself and ending another human being’s life with a weapon of mass destruction. Although it seems that firearms are more and more acceptedas the “Go to safety measure” in our homes, what about when we are among others and living our day- to- day lives? As we go about our lives, careers, and educational paths, we still are faced with the issues of staying safe whether it be on a hospital campus or a college campus where guns, even by concealed licensed and carry individuals, are not typically found. So then, how do we protect ourselves? The next best option these days in personal protection is the stun gun, the handled wire deploy type, and the high voltage stun gun that comes in a variety of double purpose options like a flashlight type. Unlike a firearm, they can be carried by almost anyone and their mere presence acts as a very effective deterrent to someone who may be intending harm to another human being.

On average the U.S Department of Justice (www.bjs.gov/) statistics show that women who are aged 20-24 years are the most likely to experience acts of non-fatal domestic violence, and one in four of these accounts will be of some type of sexual predication by the attacker. This age group easily defines those women who attend college and live on and off college campuses nationwide. However, these attacks are not limited to just college aged and younger women. Health care professionals, mostly nurses, are at elevated risk now more than ever for workplace consequence violence. The Journal of Nursing and Care published a collective report in 2016 of health care professionals and their risks for work-related violence and stated that “Nurses are among the most assaulted workers in Health Care industry. Too frequently, nurses are exposed to violence – primarily from patients’ families, visitors, and Health care team members too. This violence can take the form of intimidation, harassment, stalking, beatings, stabbings, shootings, and other forms of assault.” Though you may think that you are able to protect yourself and live and work in safe community, this information should make all of us, men and women of all ages, consider investing in our personal security.

There are several ways we can ensure our safety and survival in the instance we are confronted by an attacker. There are several types of self-defense training classes one can enroll in, but these classes are usually inconvenient and taught to address text-book attacks from a perpetrator. Pepper sprays and other aerosol deterrents can also be effective to ward off the advances of those intending harm. However, they are usually only effective when exposed directly to the mucus glands—i.e. nose, mouth, or eyes. Another major downfall of these products is that they can also render the user incapacitated if used in a confined area— for instance, a carjacking situation. The deploy able  hand-held stun guns are really a person’s most versatile defensive measure in this time of need. These protective devices can stop an attacker dead in his tracks without the worry of lethal consequences and allow you to remove yourself from the grips of harm altogether, not to mention the instant psychological deterrent  provided by the stun gun’s intimidating electrical sound.

It is hard to identify any other personal defense tool or training out there that can top the affordable and practical nature of carrying a stun gun in today’s busy but often dangerous world. They are easy to conceal, they are legal almost everywhere, and they provide peace of mind. As a victim of a violent crime, I can tell you that being unarmed and unprepared for an attack is the first step to failing when it comes to survival. When it comes to life, don’t make the same mistake I did. You should always expect the unexpected and never be caught without some way to protect yourself or your loved ones, EVER. Besides, life is precious so protect it the best way you can.

In 2005 I was a victim of a violent crime that took place in my home. I was shot three times with a 38-caliber revolver by an intruder. I have replayed the scene over in my mind many times, wondering had I been armed with a gun, would I have been able to protect myself and pull the trigger? The truth is that most of us are not prepared to defend ourselves when we are threatened.  Although it seems that firearms are more and more accepted as the “Go to safety measure” in our homes, what about when we are among others and living our day -to – day lives? As we go about our lives, careers, and educational paths, we still are faced with the issues of staying safe whether it be on a hospital campus or a college campus where guns, even by concealed licensed and carry individuals, are not typically found. So then, how do we protect ourselves? The next best option these days in personal protection is the high voltage stun gun that comes in a variety of double purpose options like a flashlight type.

 

Credit: Bryan Somers

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