An Alternative to Guns

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Those who use firearms as a self-defense tool for their house, car or store should really consider one of http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/co_disp/displ/prrfnbr/1132/sesent/00 [Broken] instead.

It's a safe, less barbaric and cheaper way to defend yourself. Plus, it'll get you in less trouble with the law (for blasting someone with bullets) and less guilt.

I think that those devices further push the point that guns are unnecessary outside of the police/FBI or military.

And for the majority of the people who buy guns and claim they're for hunting - no you didn't.

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Am I the only to think that the E2D Executive Defender look like a lightsaber?

I think I watch Star Wars too many time and know too much about the details.
 
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The problem is that a would-be attacker is likely carrying a more dangerous weapon than a flashlight with delusions of grandeur.

- Warren
 
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At first glance I thought it was one of those shoulder surface to air heat seeking missile rocket launchers, but on closer inspection it was just a really bright flashlight.
 
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1) Common safety recommendations for guns in the house include having the weapon unloaded and locked away, with the bullets in a separate location. Thus it is useless for defence, unless you plan to ask the intruder to wait while you go prepare your weapon.

2) Ignoring 1 and having a loaded, quickly accessible gun is what leads to Junior the one-year-old shooting Dad in the face with the shotgun.

3) People who have guns in the home "for defence" tend to shoot their own kids coming home late at night.

4) The torch is just going to annoy the intruder.

5) Buy some geese, they're harder to disarm than electronic systems.
 
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Shining a bright light in an attackers face will not prevent him from firing at you. So get a real weapon, or hope the attacker will be merciful.

As for this:

And for the majority of the people who buy guns and claim they're for hunting - no you didn't.
Except for the many gun owners who do buy guns and use them exclusively for hunting. :uhh:
 
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Am I the only to think that the E2D Executive Defender look like a lightsaber?

It does. It would look even closer if it was silver coloured.

Shining a bright light in an attackers face will not prevent him from firing at you. So get a real weapon, or hope the attacker will be merciful.

If it blinds them, it'll make a huge difference.

Surefire claims that the CIA, Law enforcement use it.
 
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Adam said:
3) People who have guns in the home "for defence" tend to shoot their own kids coming home late at night.

And well they deserve it, those little rapscallions! :wink:

Seriously, while I don't advocate guns for "self-defense" because they either aren't where you need them when you need them, or they get into the hands of the toddler, I also don't think shining a bright light in someone's face is going to deter them from shooting you, just hinder their aim a bit...they'll still be aiming into the bright light!

Then again, I had a rather crazy grandfather who got tired of their house getting robbed every year (my grandparents would spend the winters in Florida and their summer house would always get robbed while they were away for such a long time), so left the blinds open on the windows and a clear view of the rifles rigged up with strings between the doors and triggers. He left one entrance unrigged so my dad could get in and water the plants. Needless to say, Dad removed all the rifles (none were loaded) and put them away so nobody would steal the rifles. The following year, my grandmother took a more sane approach...she left notes in every drawer in the house for the robbers, telling them not to bother because everything of value had already been stolen or taken with them. It worked! The house was broken into, but nothing taken, and the cops were just rolling with laughter when they found just one dresser drawer open and the note sitting on top.
 
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Surefire claims that the CIA, Law enforcement use it.
Yes, but it seems not as a replacement for firearms;

http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/co_disp/displ/pgrfnbr/32/sesent/00 [Broken]
 
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Has anyone watched Hitchcock's Rear Window? Jeffries got away from the bad guy by flashing a bright light (I think it was the camera flash) into his eyes. If it works in the movies, I don't think it is going to work in real life. ;)
 
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The flashlight was built to temporarily blind someone. It's not a camera, or an everyday flash-light.
 
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Reminds me of a similar thread about non lethal weapons, ie. stun devices. Nice idea, but today there is really no such weapon that even comes close to being a match for a gun. Hey, maybe if the "bad guys" didn't have guns, blinding lights, stuns guns and pepper spray would be much more useful.
 
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While i think the 3 million candlepower bulb might work, that little glorified flashlight doesn't make me feel real safe. I prefer the spartan solution:

1. You broke into my home, and are thus implicitly threatening the safety of myself and my family. Your life is forfeit, their lives are more important than yours or mine.

2. I pump the 12 gauge.

3. You've got to the count of 3 to be on the ground, or i assume you have deadly intent and means. You get 1 verbal warning, and a verbal count.

4. If you have not complied, you're dead.
 
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franz,

You should never pull a gun on a person unless you have an intent to use it immediately. Ideally, the person you're shooting should not realize you're armed until you've fired. Any kind of "warning" is just putting yourself in enormous danger.

- Warren
 
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chroot said:
franz,

You should never pull a gun on a person unless you have an intent to use it immediately. Ideally, the person you're shooting should not realize you're armed until you've fired. Any kind of "warning" is just putting yourself in enormous danger.

- Warren


Indeed, although the general idea of alerting them to the pumping of a twelve gauge is to scare them into submission. Mind you, i'd prefer not shoot the person unnecessarily. More than willing to use it if necessary, but would prefer not to. Also, from the time the gun is loaded i will fire if i see any action that could be interpreted as even potentially hostile.

And as for the person who posted the link to that flashlight originally i really hope you are never responsible for the safety or protection of any other human being in any circumstance.
 
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And as for the person who posted the link to that flashlight originally i really hope you are never responsible for the safety or protection of any other human being in any circumstance.

The purpose of the Flashlight is home self-defense.

I'm sorry if I choose not to put bullets into other people.

If you want to shoot someone, join the war. Guns shouldn't be in civilian hands.
 
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By the time you've finished pumping your 12 gauge, any well-prepared attacker will already have killed you. Trust me, you're not going to scare an attacker into submission; you're going to provoke them into killing you as fast as possible.

- Warren
 
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Dagenais said:
The purpose of the Flashlight is home self-defense.

The purpose of the flashlight is to keep oneself from tripping in the dark.

Someone coming in specifically to kill, then yes that risk becomes obvious. Some idiot coming in looking for stereos however is not a well-prepared attacker. However this may be my suburban bias, where the worst personal crime i seriously have to worry about are idiot teenagers too high to find their own hands with Dagenais's flashlight. And they live right next door unfortunately.
 
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Trust me, you're not going to scare an attacker into submission; you're going to provoke them into killing you as fast as possible.

Just wondering...how do you know all of this? :confused:

But yeah, if a robber has the intent to kill you, he's not going to be intimidated. Just more reason to shoot first.


The purpose of the flashlight is to keep oneself from tripping in the dark.

Different type of flashlight. It was mentioned in the link and in this thread. Not that hard to get.

Someone coming in specifically to kill, then yes that risk becomes obvious. Some idiot coming in looking for stereos however is not a well-prepared attacker. However this may be my suburban bias, where the worst personal crime i seriously have to worry about are idiot teenagers too high to find their own hands with Dagenais's flashlight. And they live right next door unfortunately.

I don't use that flashlight. I use the police officers living next to me, and across from me.

Your shot-gun is necessary to subdue 'high' teenagers?

According to you, you'll warn them before shooting. However, you claim that they can't even find their own hands since they are "out of their mind."

You say if they aren't on the floor, following your instructions - you'll shoot.

I guess a couple of teenagers just lost their lives. Congratulations, you have just killed your adolescent neighbor!

Quoted from a popular movie, "Guns take you to a place you don't want to go."

1. Jail
2. Court
3. War
 
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Dag,

While in general I agree with you that guns are unnecessary to solve 99% of all problems in the world, people still have the right to have them if they choose to -- even in Canada. You make your choices, and let others make theirs.

- Warren
 
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By the way, I must say that, in my opinion, the best action to take when someone mugs you or breaks into your house is simply to give them the crap they want. If you're smart, you have insurance on your house, car, and belongings anyway, so there's just really no reason at all to fight for material possessions. IMO, just let them have the junk, let them leave peacefully, and call the police later.

- Warren
 
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If you shine the E2D in the sky, will Batman come to the rescue?
 
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You are a thief.

Given two choices, you could rob a house whose owner has a gun, or a house whose owner has a high powered "blinding" flashlight.

Who would you choose to rob?

You are a sexual predator. You stalk women in attempt to rape them. You see the butt end of a gun in the purse of one of your potential targets. Do you still pursue them?

You catch someone in the process of stealing your car. Do you:

A- ignore them, then call the cops later to report stolen property
B- call the cops while letting them get away
C- tell them to freeze and point your gun at them, while getting attention of someone to call the police

Cops can only prevent crimes that they are there to witness or take action against. I think the first line of defense for any person's property should be themselves. After all, I also believe that a person should first be responsible for their own lives and property before they ask for someone else's help.

Would you leave all the locks on your property unlocked? Why leave yourself unprotected?
 
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Who needs those wimpy flashlights? Get a box full of flashbangs and throw it at them =)
 

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