Doug Bedell — June 26, 2018, 8:58 pm

Tasers, Pepper Spray No Shield Against Bullets in Target Settings


With the best of intentions, SecurityInfoWatch has a post discussing how schools and businesses are turning to “non-lethal solutions for active shooter mitigation.” That’s all very well, but a shooter with a gun has it over anyone else in terms of range. The shooter can stand-off in a deadly manner, protected by a distance advantage from pepper spray, Tasers or whatever.

We don’t want to get into a deadly tactical discussion, but once shooters become aware of the non-lethal alternatives against them, guns, it would seem, become even more menacing than before.

A bill introduced in the Michigan legislature that would enable teachers to arm themselves wth pepper spray or Tasers seems to be over-stating the non-lethal defense. “A school employee who is armed with pepper spray or a Taser has the potential to save countless lives by quickly and efficiently incapacitating the gunman,” State Rep. Beau LaFave, who is sponsoring the legislation, told the Holland Sentinel. “This is a simple plan that offers non-lethal options many teachers will feel comfortable using.”

“Simple” in the face of a gun wielding assailant? Wouldn’t the non-lethal defenses cause him to pull the trigger sooner than later? We aren’t demeaning the bravery of teachers when we suggest that guns in the wrong hands are the problem.

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