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Are non-leathal weapons a good idea?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by 1911austin, May 17, 2012.

  1. 1911austin

    1911austin Senior Member

    Sep 17, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Hi Mas,

    Please share your opinion on carrying non-lethal weapons such as pepper spray or tasers in addition to a handgun. I can see where they may be useful in certain circumstances. However, I can also see a potential liability if you are forced to use your firearm for self-defense. By this I mean a prosecutor or jury believing that the use of the firearm was an overreaction since you had non-lethal means at your disposal. Thank you in advance for your response.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    A less-lethal tool and the skill to use it is always a good idea. It is often necessary to physically restrain someone you don't yet have a right to kill or cripple.