Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, "Handgun crimes accounted for about 13% of all violent crimes." I've always said, if the "bad guy" has a gun pointed at you, I don't care if you have a Howitzer in your pocket. Don't reach for it. But if he has anything less than a gun, a stun gun or pepper spray gives you a chance to disable him long enough for you to get away. But don't stand around admiring your work. Get out of there -- now, before he recovers.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I don't think so. Even though some cops are using them too quickly and when they don't need to, all they're doing is showing just how well they work in the hands of a responsible individual who needs to defend him (her)self. A friend of mine asked this question and opined, "My own point of view is that the tasering of the student was unjustified. Even if he was just being stupid and annoying, he wasn’t endangering anyone." My friend is right. He was completely surrounded by at least six cops and was being held down. They didn't need to "taze" him. Just as the big, burly cop didn't need to use his stun gun on a small woman he was trying to arrest (shown on national television). Just because some cops overreact, doesn't mean that stun guns aren't an effective countermeasure to the danger (fomented by ignorant politicians who don't understand that criminals, who break the law for a living, will not obey a law that says they can't be armed) presented by thugs who use intimidation and beatings to ply their trade (Only about 17% of all violent crime involves a gun in the hands of the thug). I suggest more and better training for the cops who are indiscriminately using their stun guns when they don't need to, even though deciding when it is proper to use one is simple. If you are not in danger, don't use it. And don't use it for frivolous purposes, such as for "shocking the dog" (That dog will hate you forever). That student might have been hurting, but at least he is still alive. If they had shot him, he might not be. My friend also said, "Getting tasered might be painful, but at least you get to live." I wonder how many times in the past, people have been shot to death because stun guns hadn't been invented yet. Just remember this lesson: Tasers are very effective when used responsibly. Always use yours responsibly.
This is my personal story: The other day, a driver came out of a side street, passed me on the right at high speed, then cut in front of me into my lane. I just shook my head as I followed him. Apparently, he didn't like this old man shaking his head at him so he slammed on his brakes and stopped short. I had to lay on the brakes to keep from rear-ending him. He jumped out and ran toward my driver's door with "blood in his eye." I took out my "Runt" and waited. He reached through my door to grab me and I shocked him for about a full second. He screamed and jumped back, wondering what had happened to him. I backed up and drove around his car without injury. I guess he thought I'd be "easy meat," since I was obviously an old man (I'm 70 years old) and he was young and muscular. He definitely got a surprise. My son (a former police officer) was irritated at me when I told him about this because I didn't get the guy's license number so he could be arrested for the several felonies he had committed. But I figured, leave well enough alone. If he tries it again, I will.
Sunday, September 23, 2007