Approximately thirteen million people (5% of the U.S. population) are victims of crime every year. Approximately one and a half million are victims of violent crime (source: Federal Bureau of Investigation). If you are a victim of a crime, it can make you react in ways that you can't understand. During the crime, you normally feel a sense of helplessness, fear, and then anger. Afterwards, you may have a hard time relating to life experiences that use to pose no problems. A conflict usually develops between your idea of the world before the crime and your idea of the world after the disaster.
So how can you protect yourself in the 21st Century? Well, handguns are lethal weapons that do stop criminals, though they have severe ramifications. Not only could you be charged with a serious crime, most states prevent carrying a weapon without a permit of some kind, if one is available at all. Most of the time, you are breaking many laws by carrying a loaded weapon with you. Survive and Defend, a purveyor of nonlethal self-defense and home protection products has this to say:
Survive and Defend gives you the tools to control threatening situations and stay safe with the assurance of non-lethal force. Survive and Defend supplies a wide variety of stun guns, pepper sprays, personal alarms and other items that fit easily in your pocket, purse, on your key chain or in your car. To help keep your home and family safe, Survive and Defend provides a selection of hidden cameras, spy cameras, nanny cams and other surveillance systems. Many other accessories, such as safes, bike lights, pet trackers, animal repellants and more help to protect you from harm, as well as all of the things you care about.
For my home, I worry about my children. Just recently America saw headlines of a young mother shot and killed by her 2 year-old son at a WalMart. She was completely legal with a permit to carry, yet by even having a gun at all, her son was exposed to it and able to pull it out of her purse. My goal is to never have the possibility of a gun death in my home by simply not having lethal weapons on the premises. My husband and I have decided upon a stun gun for household protection and I feel like it has satisfied my need for security while minimizing my fear of so-called "friendly fire."