Everyone wants the best self defense weapon. Everyone wants the perfect self defense weapon. We want even better than that. We want the magic talisman that will protect us from everything and everyone.
Some people are convinced it’s a gun. Guns fail all the time. Consider the police officer in this article that shot a suspect 14 times with a .45 ACP. Six hits were considered fatal (hits included heart, right lung, left lung, liver, diaphragm, and right kidney). My own experience in combat with an M16 was the same. I watched us hit a terrorist over 6 times and then watched him run off, only to have us chase him through the brush.
A lot of people say pepper spray is great. Not so much. I’ve been sprayed and watched my entire company of Marines get sprayed and finish an obstacle course before getting rinsed off. So that doesn’t work.
Tasers are one of the latest and greatest, but they don’t always work. The device can and has failed or you could miss. One of the funniest police stories I’ve ever heard was of a Sergeant trying to use a Taser through the bars of a jail cell because the person arrested was going nuts and trying to hurt himself and everyone that came close. The Sergeant fired the Taser through the metal bars. Taser struck the suspect, wires from the Taser touched the metal bars so when the police officers touched the bars to open the cell door, they where zapped by the Taser. The officers called the Sergeant shocking for years. The problem was once the officers starting taking the brunt of the shock, the suspect was no longer incapacitated.
The point is nothing works all the time. We have to have a back up plan and a third plan for when the first two fail. You need layers of security with you and you need to be prepared for all of them to fail. When you practice or think about what could happen to you while you are out, plan for something to go wrong. Think about what you would do if that first plan fails.