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    Filed at 10:13 am under by dcobranchi

    Taser parties?

    GILBERT, Ariz. — Before she lets them shoot her little pink stun gun, Dana Shafman ushers her new friends to the living room sofa for a serious chat about the fears she believes they all share.

    “The worst nightmare for me is, while I’m sleeping, someone coming in my home,” Shafman says, drawing a few solemn nods from the gathered women. Shafman, 34, of Phoenix, says she knows how they feel. She says she used to stash knives under her pillow for protection.

    Welcome, she says, to the Taser party.

    On the coffee table, Shafman spreads out Taser’s C2 “personal protector” weapons that the company is marketing to the public. It doesn’t take long before the women are lined up in the hallway, whooping as they take turns blasting at a metallic target.

    This, I think, is a pretty dumb idea. The Taser is single shot. Miss (or be faced by two adversaries) and you’re screwed. Yes, the Taser is (mostly) non-lethal. But so (mostly) is a .22, and a simple SA/DA revolver can give you seven more shots.

    And the revolver is cheaper, too.

    11 Responses to “DON’T TASE ME, SIS”


    Comment by
    COD
    January 5th, 2008
    at 10:50 am

    Personally a prefer a .357, but that’s just me.


    Comment by
    ethan
    January 5th, 2008
    at 1:11 pm

    Smith and Wesson as well as Taurus make a great airweight .38 special. Still light and small but with enough power to actually stop the proverbial bad guy.

    A lightweight .357 will hurt your wrists but a .38 is the perfect middle ground.

    my 2.3 cents Canadian 🙂


    Comment by
    sam
    January 5th, 2008
    at 2:08 pm

    A pump action shotgun may be the least lethal weapon of all. The sound alone of the pump sliding up and back is quite likely to send any would be perpetrator running for the hills with no need to actually discharge the buck shot into their ass.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    January 5th, 2008
    at 2:30 pm

    Well, a shotgun’s kind of difficult to stuff into a purse, but I like the way you think.


    Comment by
    sam
    January 5th, 2008
    at 5:03 pm

    I was thinking home protection and the bad guy running straight through the wall leaving a bad guy shaped hole at the mere sound. So yeah, outside the home a shotgun is a little difficult to squeeze into a purse, but if you see someone walking around with a shotgun, I imagine you’d look somewhere else if you’re in a mugging mood.


    Comment by
    Audrey
    January 5th, 2008
    at 8:02 pm

    The shotgun is an easier wield if you remember to saw off that pesky long double barrel. Makes for a lighter and quicker swing and fits nicely into decent sized totebag.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 5th, 2008
    at 9:28 pm

    I try not to violate federal gun laws. The barrel on my Maverick is exactly 18″.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 5th, 2008
    at 9:42 pm

    And speaking of gun laws, I really like this section in the NC law:

    B. Weapons of Mass Destruction
    North Carolina General Statute § 14-288.8 provides that it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, assemble, possess, store, transport, sell, offer to sell, purchase, offer to purchase, deliver, give to another, or acquire any weapon of mass death and destruction.

    A weapon of mass death and destruction includes:
    1. bombs of all sorts;
    2. grenades;
    3. rockets having a propellant charge of more than four (4) ounces;
    4. a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter (1/4) ounce;
    5. mines;
    6. any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell of a type particularly suitable for sporting purposes) which will expel a projectile using an explosive, or other propellant, and which has a barrel with a bore of more than one-half (1/2) inch in diameter;
    7. any firearm capable of fully automatic fire;
    8. any shotgun with a barrel length less than eighteen (18) inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six (26) inches;
    9. a rifle with a barrel length of less than sixteen (16) inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six (26) inches;
    10. any muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not such firearm is included within this definition; and
    11. any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting a device into any weapon described above, and from which a weapon of mass death and destruction may readily be assembled. Thus, a device which could convert a semi-automatic firearm into one capable of full automatic fire, would be in violation of this statute, whether or not one actually possesses such a weapon. The possession of the device itself is a crime. If any person possesses a weapon of mass death and destruction in violation of this statute, he/she would be guilty of a Class F Felony.

    The only persons allowed to own or possess a weapon of mass death and destruction, as defined above, are the following…

    4. inventors, designers, ordinance consultants and researchers, chemists,physicists, and other persons lawfully engaged in pursuits designed to enlarge the knowledge of, or to facilitate the creation, development, or manufacture of weapons of mass death and destruction intended for use in a manner consistent with the laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina.


    Comment by
    Chuck Butcher
    January 5th, 2008
    at 10:53 pm

    I prefer my Colt Commander Light Weight in .45ACP w/220gr JHP @ 930fps. It looks like exactly what it is, large hitting power with little over penetration risks, small, 8 in the mag, one in the tube, cocked & locked.

    What I really like is my 145# Pyrennes whose bark will give heart failure on the right side of a door, or window. Considerably more life friendly.


    Comment by
    Rob
    January 7th, 2008
    at 5:58 pm

    A .22 revolver for personal defense? I’d almost rather stick with the single-shot taser. (I say almost, because just displaying a gun is often enough to stop whatever activity you want stopped.)

    But yeesh – a .22 is like bluffing in poker. You can shoot it at me all you want – I’ll still win.

    Rob
    (Glock 9)


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 7th, 2008
    at 7:12 pm

    I was assuming that there was some desire to NOT kill the perp. Otherwise why use a Taser at all?