Why no discussion of non-lethal weapons?


Conservatives claim any new gun control regulations are a serious impediment to their ability to defend themselves and their families. Liberals claim guns are destructive to the fabric of society by way of equipping murders with the most efficient tools to kill. Both sides have valid points to make, and the Constitution, for better or worse, guarantees that Americans have certain rights regarding the bearing of arms.

Curiously, though, little attention has been paid to the types of weaponry that could be used to defend oneself from home invasion or other attack. What about non-lethal weapons? Tasers have made huge advancements in recent decades and are available to civilians right now. These weapons will effectively incapacitate an attacker without killing.

The military has been deploying advanced weapons that use sound and microwaves to cause intense pain to attackers without causing permanent harm to a single hair on their heads. These promising technologies are being used to defend military bases, warships, and even civilian shipping in waters with higher than usual piracy.

Why aren’t these technologies being made more widely available? If a non-lethal option can get the job done of self-defense, why would lethal self-defense weapons even be necessary? Does any American civilian deserve the right to kill as he or she judges “in self-defense” — especially if other options are effective and available?

Criminals can be reformed so long as they remain alive. Blood never washes from the hands of someone who kills. It is with great sorrow that one must acknowledge that self defense is from time to time necessary. But thanks to technology, it needn’t end with bloodshed.

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Sam, perhaps you’ve raised a line of thought worth pursuing but realistically, none of us is going to have access to any of those things tomorrow or the next day, or probably 10 years from now. For better or for worse, guns are the cheapest and most efficient means we have of protecting ourselves today. I’m 58 and I’ve never brandished, threatened or even revealed my gun to anyone, let alone fired it at anyone, and hope I never have to. To me it would be the very last resort, and only the Lord knows whether at that moment I would even choose to do so. If it meant protecting an innocent person, young or old, I believe I would. Whether just for myself, I’m not sure, I’m trusting God for the right decision at that moment.

As far as the taser being an alternative, I for one, would feel woefully inadequately protected against certain types of attackers. Face it, someone who is given over to commiting a murderous act against another person is being fueled by more than a logical thought process, and probably some chemicals as well. It, in a majority of cases I believe, is going to come down to you or him, and that’s the decision you better make in advance. I’m not advocating for one or the other here, just that it be thought through before it happens.

Sam Fletcher

You’re right of course, Dennis. I think that’s market forces at work. An almost entirely unregulated market for self defense has left us only with the cruelest, deadliest, and most unsafe options for protecting ourselves.

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