Your Rights to Protect Yourself

By: AJ0 Thean0

Different Ways To Protect Yourself

If you have found yourself contemplating self defense, you should consider all of the options such as stun guns, pepper spray, tasers, mace and alarms. However, you should also take a look into the laws regarding self defense weapons. Know your legal obligations and rights concerning self defense before committing to a self defense method.

What many people forget when preparing for self defense is that most would-be attackers are in the act of committing a crime and are not out to commit violence. A carjacker would greatly prefer to make off with the car without undue fuss but may result to violence if resistance makes this impossible. Criminals watch the same movies, attended the same self defense classes, and prepared for fights just like the rest of us. Plus they can be protected by the law when our self defense is legally deemed unnecessary, excessive in nature, or as fighting which is illegal. The key to successful self defense is to deter the would-be attacker without starting the fight.

Alarms may provide the best option for deterring would-be attackers. The high-pitched frequencies emitted by alarms tend to deter would-be attackers by attracting the attention of possible witnesses and bringing assistance. Personal alarms in the form of key chains, rape horns (similar to an ultrasonic dog repeller), and a variety of noise producing devices are available for self defense. Car alarms, burglar alarms, and other such vocal alarms can assist in self defense of personal property as well as physical being. Self defense alarms have a reputation for effectively deterring would-be attackers determined to commit a crime but not violence. However, many people worry about the attackers who are capable of turning to violence to ensure a successful crime.

Stun guns, pepper spray, tasers, and mace are perhaps the common items carried for self defense. However, individuals who decide to carry and use stun guns, pepper spray, tasers, and mace should also realize that these weapons will not very effective at deterring a would-be attacker if they are buried in your briefcase, backpack, or purse. It is equally important to remember that a stun gun, pepper spray, taser, or mace is a tool that requires proper training and practice. It is surprising the number of reported mishaps that occur in self defense because the owner cannot operate the stun gun, pepper spray, taser, or mace. The ineffective use of a weapon can enrage rather than deter a would-be attacker and increase the potential for violence.

Remember that the key to successful self defense is to avoid a fight? Relying entirely on a stun gun, alarm, pepper spray, taser, or mace to ensure that the confrontation is over can be a mistake. Some individuals administer repeated use of their self defense items and may inadvertently injure their assailant which may have brought the original victim into a legal hot spot. Stun guns, pepper spray, tasers, and mace are considered self defense weapons. The law specifies that those who carry weapons are held accountable for their use.

Individuals should know the legal definition of self defense as well as be familiar with the laws regulating when and how stun guns, pepper spray, tasers, mace and similar weapons may be used as self defense.

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AJ Thean is author of this article on stun guns. Find more information about stun guns here.

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