I joined the Boy Scouts at the age of 10 and I first learned about the Scout motto Be Prepared at that time. At the age of 14 I switched to Police Cadet Explorer, which turned into a life long career. That motto has stuck with me throughout my life. I believe that it is a fact that between my Guardian angle and following that Scout motto, I have been saved from great bodily harm more than I care to talk with my family about.
A California police officer must prepare for self defense and carries a number of products on his body and duty belt that would rival some cartoon super heroes.
A uniform tells his co workers who he is in a given situation.
A bullet proof vest provides protection from gun shots and other weapons.
At least one pair of handcuffs to keep suspects under control.
Up to three or more non lethal weapons to help bring a suspect under control and to protect the officer when it is needed.
A can of Pepper spray
A Taser or stun gun
A handgun with 12 to 18 rounds of preloaded ammunition, when lethal force is necessary
And fast becoming a needed product; some type of video device to record incidents with sound
In addition to these always carried products, some special and dedicated officers have a trained K9 or (Police Dog) to help find and disable suspects and to find evidence.
Police officers train all the time to use these products and K9s, so they will be ready when they are needed. (Notice that there is a when, not an if in the above sentence.)
Today when you watch the news, or read the paper, you will notice that the number of police officers on the street have been cut by large amounts, due to the economy. The latest in my area is Isleton , California; because the city could not pay their State Comp insurance bill, the policy was canceled and the police department closed down. The already strapped Sacramento County Sheriff Department had to take over emergency calls, but the sheriff advised that his department would not take routine calls for service.
Now that I am retired, I see the continued need to be prepared for myself. We still have law enforcement, but they will not be able to get to us as fast. Even when police departments have a full staff, the majority of police officers arrive at emergency calls for service after the incident is over.
So we need to protect ourselves. I still prefer to prepare for self defense with a non lethal Pepper Spray and a Taser stun gun. Why not a handgun?
A handgun carries with it a number of risks that you may not think of:
First you must train and train often to be sure that you know how to use it, if it is ever needed.
It must be cleaned and oiled often to keep it operational.
And here are a few questions that you must ask:
Is it legal for me to carry it?
Do you know how to load it?
Where is the safety?
How do you aim it?
What happens to the bullet if the gun is fired and the target is missed? For starters; It can go through a car door and out the second door and if fired inside the home, several walls and / or family members.
On top of those, you have to ask yourself this important Question: Can my kids get to it. In most cases the answer to that question is yes.
Do you think a handgun is safe under your pillow, or on the top shelf of a closet? Think again. Kids are smart and quick.
A recent tragic incident in the Sacramento California area happened to a decorated Sheriff Deputy. He was in his garage cleaning his handgun(s). He finished and loaded one and placed it back on his cleaning table. He turned to get something and his five year old daughter quickly picked it up and shot herself by accident. She died almost instantly.
Non Lethal weapons still need to be maintained and there are some restrictions you need to know about.
Those with batteries need to be checked for power.
Pepper Spray needs to be replaced after four years because of possible leaks and loss of propellant pressure.
But when you prepare for self defense with non lethal weapons the chance for tragedies like the one above are nil.
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For more information on why Non Lethal weapons are the best choice for you to prepare for Self Defense with non lethal weapons, read my blog post Non Lethal Weapons Are The Best Choice For Self Defense .