Does Jaime Caetano, a homeless woman, have the right to use a stun gun to protect herself from her ex-boyfriend, the violent man who is the father of her children? She didn't even have to hit him with the stun gun. According to a report in the Bostog Globe, all she had to do was show hm that she had it, and he left her alone. If only the police could have done the same.
The Globe reported, "The same stun gun, however, landed Caetano in the middle of a legal battle about the weapon and the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. She was convicted last year under a state law criminalizing the possession of stun guns by private citizens. Caetano is challenging the law in court, saying it violates her rights under the Second Amendment to defend herself." See the full article here.
She is now appealing her case, attempting to get her conviction overturned, based on two argements. First, that the Second Amendment covers "arms" that are not firearms. Second, that US Supreme Court decisions have implied a right to carry outside the home. Also at issue is the question of whether a homeless person has the same rights for self-protection as a person who has a home....
Most shooters know of the Tueller Drill. It established that 21' is the minumum distance that an attacker with a contact weapon an run while a defender can draw and fire. "The 21-foot Rule" is widespread. But your distance will vary, hence the concept of your PERSONAL Tueller distance. We'll show you a simple method to find it.
The question Dennis Tueller, police firearms instructior, was trying to answer was "how close is too close with a contact weapon?" At what distance should an officer be drawing his or her gun, in order to have enough time to shoot if the attacker came any closer? Police, with quite a bit of training, can, on average, draw and shoot in about 1.5 sseconds. So, what Tueller had to establish was how far someone can run in that time. The results showed that 21 feet was typical....
If you are being stalked, or if your life is being threatened, if someone who harmed or threatened you is being released from prison, or if you live or work in a highly dangerous environment, AWARE is available to help you find the resources and training you need to keep yourself alive. Some AWARE board members have first-hand experience with situations like these. We can help evaluate the danger you are in, and assist you in developing a personal protection plan that is suited to your specific situation. Don't ignore what might be real danger!
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A 75-year old woman named Sandra Layne recently endured a jury trial because she shot her grandson. The shooting was never in dispute, just her claim of self-defense.
Here is some background, gathered to support her defense. Sandra Layne and her husband, Fred, had agreed to take into their Pontiac, Michigan home their 17- year old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman for his final year of high school. Jonathan had been living with his parents in Arizona, but depending on which story you choose to believe, his parents were divorcing, or his sister developed a brain tumor and so his parents needed to devote most of their time to her....
Pepper spray is also known as OC, short for its chemical name Oleoresin Capsicum. One of the best general-purpose self-defense tools ever developed, most police in the US carry it. Decades of street-use by law enforcement have proven it safe and effective.
What does pepper spray do to someone? It inflames the skin and mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth and throat. It causes intense pain. It makes the person sprayed in the face close their eyes, cry cough as if chocking, and be unable to speak. It makes them feel that they can’t breathe, though they really can. The effects can last from about 15 minutes for breathlessness to over an hour for the skin sensation of burning.
There are dozens of different sprays on the market. To find the right one for you, consider: OC concentration, Schoville rating, canister size, and spray delivery system. Oh, yeah, and price.
Police pepper spray is usually in the 5-10% range. Higher percentage of OC might actually not be quite as good as the lower ones, because it is harder for the larger quantity of pepper to atomize in the spray. Also, above about 10%, having more OC in the can doesn't make it work faster, and doesn't hurt the attacker more; it just makes the effects last longer than an hour. Since you won't need nearly that much time to get away and call for help, a product in the 5-10% range is most appropriate, and less expensive.
Pepper spray is one of the best general-purpose self-defense tools ever. A previous blog discussed the various types of pepper spray products. Here we will discuss how to use what you have purchased.
An extremely powerful tool for many situations, it pays to have your hand already on it, unobtrusively in your purse or pocket, whenever you are around someone who makes you uneasy, or whenever you are going to or from your car or home.
Quick review of the effects of pepper spray: It inflames the skin and mucus membranes, causing much pain. It forces eyes closed, makes one cry cough uncontrollably, and be unable to speak. The effects can last from about 15 minutes to over an hour. Effects more than four hours might need medical attention.
When properly used it does no permanent damage. So, what’s proper?
For starters, you might not want to carry pepper spray if you have asthma, or use on someone you know to have asthma. Although many asthmatics have been sprayed without ill effect, a few cases have been serious enough to risk death. Also, the safety of using pepper spray around very young children has not been established....