The Problem with Less-Lethal Weapons

20121104-181310.jpgWhen I talk to women about armed self-defense, a certain percentage of them are bound to ask me what I think of less-lethal weapons, such as TASERs and OC spray. (I call these “less-lethal” because there is a small, but non-zero, risk of fatal complications from both.)

For women who know they need something more than hand-to-hand combat skills to ensure their own safety, but who don’t feel emotionally prepared for the possibility of taking a life, less-lethal alternatives might seem an appealing proposition. After all, they can end the threat without having to actually kill someone. Right?

Well, not exactly.

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