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How Taser Use is Impacting Law Enforcement in America
It is no secret that tasers have been the topic of many controversial discussions over the past several years. With what seems to be a growing number of violent acts between police and civilians - and many of these confrontations ending in bloodshed - are tasers making a difference? I wrote this article a few months ago for another of my blogs but I thought it was important enough I would revisit it today. We are still hearing about police brutality in news reports and reading about them in newspapers. We're still seeing the videos that appear to be senseless acts of violence by the either the police officers or the criminals they are attempting to apprehend.
It seems we have been hearing about a growing number of fatal incidents where police officers are gunned down without warning by criminals targeting cops. Many of these fatal shootings appear to be racially motivated. Lets just call it what it is. There is a racial war growing in America. Even in non violent news what are we seeing these days? Boycotting the National Anthem. Why? In an effort to make a point to law enforcement officers to end the violence. Black lives matter, sit-ins and other racially charged events and movements are not helping to end to the racial tensions growing in this country are they? Not in my opinion. They are making things worse not better. Americans are angry that much is for sure. Don't even get me started on Trump and Hillary.
So, maybe you have thought about buying a taser or stun gun for your protection. Many people do so to protect themselves and their families and with the growing tensions in America, it is probably not a bad idea. Using a non lethal device like a Taser X2 is a good investment against an unexpected attack. Regardless of your interest in tasers or your opinion on the current racial matters in America, there always seems to be one question burning in everyone's mind. Are tasers helping giving Police a non lethal option and more importantly, are officers using tasers properly?
Unless you've lived in a cave for the past several years, there's a good chance you're probably thinking to yourself the answer is no. But it is far too easy to be influenced by what we hear on the radio or read in news feeds, so before we assume the worst let's take a look at what the hard data reveals. After all, you can't argue with facts right?
The Impact of CED's
In 2011, a study was conducted by the United States Department of Justice titled, Police Use of Force, Tasers and Other Less-Lethal Weapons. The study was a response to the serious concerns raised over the past couple decades regarding the ethical use of pepper sprays, Tasers and other CED's. In the study, agencies were examined. Officers were interviewed. Criminals were examined. A full investigation was conducted.
We will reveal what the data suggest in a minute, but here is a brief summary from the committee that conducted the research. "The use of pepper spray and CEDs can significantly reduce injuries to suspects and the use of CEDs can decrease injuries to officers." (For those who don't speak taser, CED stands for conductive energy device. In a nutshell, the committee found at least one positive in the use of tasers over lethal weapons.
What the Data Reveals
So let's take a look at some of the data. There is far too much to write about in this article so we will focus on the main areas that stood out in the report. Primarily, we will highlight the interactions between officers of the law and the law breaking citizens they had confrontations with. One of the most telling pieces of information in the report is the data regarding police agencies that adopted Tasers as part of their force continuum plan. So what did the report reveal?
By the Numbers
Although Tasers are certainly dangerous,the vast majority of CED activations did not result in life threatening conditions to the individual being shocked. A study conducted by a team of researchers from Wake Forest University found, "99.7 percent of people who were shocked by CEDs suffered no injuries or minor injuries only." Only a small percentage (3 out of every 1000 people) suffered a serious injury or lost their lives.
The report also revealed that many agencies which have adopted Taser use as part of their larger "game plan" against bad guys have significantly reduced injury rates to both officers and suspects alike. Analysis of recorded incidents between Miami-Dade Police Department and suspects found that hand to hand tactics - soft hand (pushing) or hard hand (punching) - doubled the likelihood an officer or a suspect would be injured. However, CED use reduced the odds for officer injury by 68%.
Likewise, data from the Seattle Police Department showed similar numbers with a 48 percent decrease in odds of suspect injuries. As researchers were studying the data collected from over 500 law enforcement agencies, a trend emerged. Departments that have adopted CED's as part of their force continuum have experienced a significant drop in officer and suspect injuries. Conversely, the vast majority of agencies who are functioning without a CED program in place are experiencing higher injury rates to both suspects and police officers.
Tasers Reduce Injuries
The study’s most noteworthy discovery was that, while the results were not perfectly uniform throughout all the agencies studied in this report, the use of CED's and pepper sprays does significantly reduce the risk of injuries resulting from police confrontations with suspects. If you want to read the report for yourself, you can download it by clicking the link at the top of the article.
Whether or not you are a proponent of smart weapons such as stun guns and Tasers, or other self defense weapons such as pepper sprays and personal alarms, it is clear that the data does not lie. Studies similar to the one mentioned above all show that the use of self defense items by police agencies is having a positive not negative effect on law enforcement in America. Bottom line, self defense use of Tasers, stun guns and pepper sprays saves the lives of civilians, police officers and even the criminals they come into contact with.
Over the years I have received many requests from personal safety device seekers asking if they should buy a Taser, stun gun, or pepper spray. They always seem to be wondering the same thing. I typically interpret their question as this, "Which one of these non lethal defense products will provide me with the most protection?", "Which is right for me and my family?", or even "Which one do you think I should buy?" Rather than steer those individuals to my favorite option(s) - a stun gun flashlight or the X2 Taser - I do my best to explain to them the pros and cons of each of the three options listed above.
In this article, I'll do my best to provide an honest evaluation of each option. I'll also try to show examples of how each choice may affect personal safety in the real world. After looking through all options hopefully you'll be able to decide which option is right for you and your family.
First, we will examine the pros and cons of owning a stun gun for self-defense. Let's start with the bad news. The biggest con that I can think of with relying on a stun gun to protect yourself is proximity. Whenever possible, we don't want to be any closer to the enemy than we have to be. The range of a stun gun puts you in close proximity with the bad guy so this is definitely a con.
Now realistically, it is going to be difficult for many people to recognize from a distance that they are in danger so a stun gun may prove useful so long as you can get to it before the attacker gets his hands on you. One pro for stun guns is that if used properly, a stun gun should at least disorient your attacker. This will hopefully provide you with enough time to make your escape. Regardless of which of these tools with which you choose to defend yourself, the name of the game is flight. Do whatever you have to flee the scene and then call for help.
Now on to pepper sprays. There are several pepper sprays on the market to choose from. Everything from Mace Police strength sprays, Mace night defense products to Vampire pepper sprays, you have many self defense options. One of the biggest benefits of pepper sprays is they extend the useful range from close proximity to a few feet. This puts valuable space between you and you're attacker. This "safety zone" unfortunately also may create a huge con. In order for pepper sprays to be effective, you have to hit your attacker with a direct shot to the face. Anything less and you've just poked the bear. The last thing you need is an even angrier assailant coming at you. If you want pepper spray to be effective for self defense you will need to invest a good chunk of time perfecting your aim.
Finally let's talk about Tasers. Believe it or not, I'm not going to go for the hard sell here. That is not my intent with this article. My intent rather is to inform you of the pros and cons of each personal safety device and let you decide which one is right for you. I think you've probably guessed by now what I feel is the biggest pro of using a Taser. You're wrong! There are actually two that I find of equal importance. The first you probably guessed. Tasers give you a 12 to 15 foot buffer between you and your assailant. However there is another pro that I bet you overlooked. Not only do Tasers have an extended useful range but they also greatly increase the size of the target. Remember, with stun guns the attacker has to be within arm reach and with pepper sprays your intended target is only the size of the human head. That's not a very big target even if you're aiming at the noggin of the most narcissistic criminal.
If you're using a Taser, you now have the entire body to aim for not just the head so accuracy becomes a much smaller issue. In newer models such as the Taser X2, you are even able to see where you're going to hit your target. The X2 features dual lasers to pinpoint precisely where each probe will contact your assailant. It also has a backup shot feature so if for some crazy reason you miss, you get another shot. Like everything in life there is a down side - or con - to using a Taser. There are actually a couple.
The first con is the associated cost. Buying a Taser is going to be the most expensive option, even if you buy it at a cheap price. It may be a good idea to spend a little extra on additional cartridges because just like using pepper sprays, you're going to want to get good at hitting close to where you're intending to hit. Another down side to using an X2 or X26 Taser are the hoops you will have to jump through to attain one. In several states it will require you to have a CPL (Concealed Pistol License) while in others a background check will be all that is needed. Many states do not differentiate between Tasers and stun guns so these steps may be a con associated with stun guns as well. Do a quick search for your states laws regarding non lethal weapons to see what you'll be up against.
I hope this article has given you some insight into the level of protection each self defense device may offer you and your family. Whichever option you choose, be sure to arm yourself with plenty of training. Stay safe out there and God bless!
Brett Anderson is (I am) a former Michigan State Police employee and the founder of ArmorandShieldTech.com, a personal protection online super store. He is (I am) passionate about providing the general public with the highest quality personal safety devices at cheap prices. Whether you decide to buy one of our stun guns for sale, Taser, or decide on a pepper spray or Mace, you will have a great non lethal means to protect you and your family.
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There is quite a bit of confusion in the self defense world as to what oc spray is and how it differs from pepper spray. In short, there is no difference between oc spray and pepper spray. They are one and the same. The term oc spray stands for oleores capsicum spray which is from a latin term meaning "oily resin" of a "pepper." This pepper oil is naturally found in cayenne peppers and a few other edible peppers and makes for a very effective self defense spray. Hence the term pepper spray. This oily substance can be extracted and added to water or a number of other "carriers" to create the pepper spray or pepper gel.
--OC Spray vs. Mace--
While OC spray is the same thing as pepper spray, it is important to note that it is not the same thing as mace. OC spray is an all natural ingredient while mace is an synthetic chemical irritant. Often times these terms are interchangeable when the general public refers to these items, however they are different products with different characteristics. The chemical composition of each pepper spray, pepper gel or mace can and will impact how that particular agent affects the recipient. As you read deeper into this article you will see a contrast in the characteristic and affects between pepper spray and mace (as the primary examples compared and contrasted).
The natural ingredients found in pepper sprays have been rated by the Federal Drug Administration as food grade ingredients. The ingredients in pepper sprays are unlikely to produce an asthmatic reaction due to the natural ingredients (as not many people are allergic to hot peppers). With mace however there is a higher likelihood of developing an allergic reaction or having an asthmatic response. This makes sense since the body typically has an easier time handling items that are naturally found in nature rather than man made items that are not found in nature. A good example of this is nutrition. In recent years, researchers have discovered that the body can become confused by unnatural (you've no doubt heard the term "processed") foods and can much more efficiently deal with natural foods such as fruits, vegetables and meals created with a few simple ingredients.
What makes a pepper spray more or less effective is not only due to the peppers themselves but also to the active fluid content such as water, solvents, or alcohol. If the base "carrier fluid" is water the solution will receive it's "intensity" solely from the peppers. For alcohol based pepper sprays, the alcohol cuts through the skins oil and penetrates deep into pores which results in a more intense heat level. Sometimes, more powerful chemical solvents are the carrier fluid which may penetrate deeper through the skin. These are considered extremely hot and due raise concerns about chemical burns and toxicity. In general, pepper sprays below 2 million shu's have roughly the same recovery time while those around 5 million shu's have increased (longer) recovery times.
As you can see from the Scoville Heat chart below, standard pepper sprays fall into the 2 million to 5.3 million shu rating. This rating puts it toward the very top of the list along side the hottest peppers on the planet. So, if you think jalapenos are hot, check out where they are in comparison to pepper sprays. No doubt you have probably never even heard of many of the peppers that are on the Scoville rating list. I certainly had never heard of the Malagueta, Chiltepin, Aji, Scotch Bonnet, Dorset Naga, Naga Jolokia peppers, as well as peppers that fall into the Nordihydrocapsaicin category.
So lets dig a little deeper into mace so you can better understand the differences between mace and pepper sprays. Unlike pepper sprays, mace makes use of an alcohol or chemical base that the pepper oil is added to. This artificial chemical compound is easier for the skin to absorb so it will feel hotter. It accomplishes this by penetrating the skins pores and penetrating deeper into the layers of skin. Therefore the recipient of Mace will definitely feel the burn deeper, hotter and longer than if it was regular pepper spray. This is a great example of the one of the greatest differences between mace and pepper sprays, recovery time.
While both self defense items are effective at repelling unwanted attackers, mace will create a much more painful experience and a much longer recovery time for the assailant once you hit him in the face. The typical average recovery times for pepper spray can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 40 minutes depending on the individual. However, for Mace the average recovery time is much longer. The average range is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half for total recovery (no longer feeling the effects).
Even during the recovery phase, you have to be careful not to affect other areas of your body or you'll start the clock over for that particular impacted area. For instance many people like to take a shower but you have to be very careful in doing so or you may transfer the pepper spray, pepper gel or Mace to lower areas of your body as you are showering. This can lead to a very painful second experience if that impacted area happens to be your private parts. Many individuals have fallen prey to this and have said the original pain to the head and face was much less painful than the second encounter with their nether regions.
-- Summary --
That is pepper spray (or oc spray if you prefer to call it that) in a nutshell. Needless to say, pepper sprays are an effective defense against a potential attack if used properly. They can not only give you a chance to evade your attacker, but a direct hit will give the perpetrator something to think about in the future. You may not only save your own life but the life of someone else who may have been attacked in the future.
These days, there are many diversion safe's to choose from.
Everything from fake rocks, books, soda cans, wall clocks, and coffee mugs can all be purchased from personal safety sites such as ours. But do they work? Will using a diversion to hide your valuables actually fool a burglar or are they just a waste of time and money? after all, in order to be effective they would have to look and feel just like the real product right? So, a peanut butter diversion safe would have to look like a real jar of peanut butter. A book safe would have to look and feel just like a real book if you were to pick it up in your hands. You get the idea. So, the question remains, do they actually work?
Of course they do or we wouldn't be selling them! The diversion safe's created these days are closer to the actual product than ever before. So close in fact they can fool even the foremost experts in the world. Who is more qualified than law enforcement agencies or the Federal Bureau of Investigation? No one in fact. So to me, if the top men and women in the country can't identify a diversion safe if they were to search your home, your valuables are in a pretty safe place. See what I did there? Ok, enough of being silly. Keep reading to see what research has revealed on the subject.
The FBI has conducted studies and found that even police officers and FBI agents will likely miss items hidden in a diversion safe. Diversion safe's are crafted so closely to the real product that even officers who have been professionally trained to conduct searches may not be able to discover the hidden safe. According to an FBI report titled Focus on Searches, "The fact that these safes look and feel exactly like the items they mimic, even if examined, makes them especially difficult for officers to spot." As someone with law enforcement search training, I can tell you that officers are very good at finding hidden items. It's a large part of what they do on the road and in homes.
To me, the fact that a diversion safe may even fool law enforcement says it will certainly fool a criminal. Especially when you figure that most burglars are not that bright and they are without a doubt not going to be as good as police officers at uncovering hidden items. When a burglar is searching a home for valuables, they look for the easy targets that they feel have higher values. Studies have shown that burglars get in and out of a home in 8 minutes or less. This small window of opportunity causes most burglars to overlook everyday items such as household cleaners, clocks, pop cans, and other low value items that could be holding your real valuables.
So, in our opinion a diversion safe is a great way to protect your valuables such as cash, jewelry, credit cards and other valuables. Obviously we are a bit biased about the value of these hidden safe's because we sell them. However, I don't think it is too much of a stretch to say they are more than adequate to protect your valuables. The technology has evolved to the point that you can place the real item and the diversion safe side by side and not be able to tell them apart. That's what makes them so effective. After all this isn't Breaking Bad where you have to hide your stacks of cash in a return air vent. Right? I sure hope not.
Unfortunately if you can hide your valuables in a decoy safe, bad guys can do the same with their drugs, weapons and other illegal items. They can even hide stolen items. So, like everything else, a diversion safe can be used for good purposes or to hide illegal items and illegal activity in general. The fact that it's an easy opportunity for criminals has caused much concern for law enforcement agencies. So, it seems that this would have been the perfect opportunity for Walter White to showcase one of our products!
I guess that speaks to how effective a soda can diversion safe can be if used to protect your families valuables, money, jewelry, documents, etc. Like all of our self defense items, we only offer the products that we feel will be most effective in your home. What use is it to you if it's not effective? That's why we offer many products that look and feel just like the everyday household items that you would normally have in your house. Burglars won't have a clue. They may even stumble right into your hidden safe but they wouldn't even know it.
We want to provide you with several options to choose from. That is why we have everything from pop cans, fake rocks, fake books, beer cans, wall clocks, thermometers, wall outlets, coffee mugs, sea salt shakers, peanut butter, shaving cream, deodorants, and many, many more. As you can see, there is a vast array of diversion safe products available to you and we have a very large selection of them.
Once you do the research (as we've done for you here), I think it's pretty clear that a diversion safe is a great tool you can add to your home security tool box so to speak. Coupled with a security camera - whether fake or real - it can be a very effective tool in keeping your valuables (and loved ones for that matter) safe and secure. A security camera -especially if highly visible outside your home - will typically be enough to deter even a determined burglar. And in the event that a burglar is brave enough (or stupid enough) to break into your home, your valuables will be safely protected in your outlet wall safe or another diversion safe.
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Tasers are deadly and the police are evil. Sadly that’s what many uninformed Americans believe these days. But that’s just not the truth. Actually, Tasers have been proven to save lives. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it. If you had a misunderstanding (I would like to give you the benefit of the doubt that you didn't commit a crime and therefore any confrontation with law enforcement would be the result of a misunderstanding not a criminal act) with the police officer or two, what would you rather be facing down? The barrel of a gun or a non lethal weapon such as a Taser or a stun gun?
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I personally would rather be staring at a stun gun or a weapon that even if things go horribly wrong will not take my life. I may be sore but at least I will still be alive. And a very rich man once they find me innocent and have to pay up big time for using a stun gun on an innocent man!
I think often times people hear only what the media feeds them which I might add is typically not a pretty picture. It seems like the media only wants to cover controversial stories portraying cops as murderers, bigots and cowards. At the very least the media often reports stories in a way to portray cops as men and women who get their jollies from racial profiling or harassing those individuals who fall into a minority group. As I know from my short time with the Michigan State Police, this is truly not the case. The men and women in blue are just like you and they want the same things out of life that you do.
They are looking to work for an organization and in a position they can be proud of. They want to go home at the end of their shift to their family and friends and spend time with those who matter most to them. They don't wake up in the morning and say to themselves, "Hmmm, I'd realy like to harass a/some ________________ today" (fill in the blank with your own people group but be careful. You many find out you're not so innocent after all). For the most part, these are just hard working men and women.
Of course it would be silly to think that all cops are good people. That is certainly not the case. Is every human on the planet a good person? Actually if we're being honest, we are all evil and need the grace and mercy of a loving Savior. However - by human standards - some of us are not good people. In your organization, you have co-workers or employees that by the worlds standards are not good people.
A couple of things I try to keep in mind are even the most dedicated officers of the law will have a bad day at some point. When you or I have a bad day, no one is going to die. When a police officer has a bad day, they may wind up dead or the citizen or citizens they have encounter may not live through the day. Secondly, it's pretty easy for a police officer to have a moment of weakness or confusion and make a bad decision. Does this make them a bad person?
After dealing with "less than desirable people" day after day, would you be tired, frustrated or worn out? Do doctors get worn out from the long hours and politics of their jobs? You betcha! Do they make mistakes? You betcha! When they make a mistake - just as it is with police officers - people may die. Does this mean they are racially intolerant or targeting minorities when the loss of life happens to be from a minority group? Absolutely not.
Most police officers are just like you and me. They want to look back at their lives and feel a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment. So they use whatever tools they have to protect themselves and the lives of innocent civilians. Rather than using a lethal gun, using a Taser or stun gun is a non-lethal resource officers can use to protect lives.
Stun guns protect not only the officers who deploy them but also the suspects who may otherwise get themselves killed. Isn't it much better to take down a violent suspect with a Taser or stun gun shot rather than a blast from a shot gun or a bullet from a pistol?
I’m not saying Tasers are perfectly safe. Like most other areas in life, there is some risk involved. However, it’s really important to keep in mind that the vast majority people who have died as a result being tased or zapped with a stun gun did so because of their own actions. They were not killed because of the Taser or stun gun itself or the officer wielding wither deice. Do you see the difference? Let me put it another way. If someone breaks into a home and starts attacking the family and ends up dead from a gunshot wound, whose is to blame for his death? Is it the hypothetical father who shoots him? It's his own fault right? It's not the fathers fault for defending his family. If the perp hadn't been committing a crime he would have not been in the house to get himself shot and killed.
It's no different with police actions. The only reason we need police officers as they function today is because people like to murder, steal and generally destroy. If we didn't have serious crimes, we would need very few police and they would be more about settling disputes than having to chase down murderers, thieves, and perverts. So, as long as there are the types of people listed above operating our planet, both non-lethal stun guns, Tasers, and pepper sprays as well as lethal weapons are necessary to police our world.
Don’t take my word for it. Check out this report from the United States Department of Justice titled, “Police Use of Force, Tasers and Other Less-Lethal Weapons.” Read it and judge for yourself the impact Tasers are having on law enforcement. Read report
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