Understanding the Stun Gun in Depth
Especially in times of economic crisis and uncertainty like the present, people can get desperate. They sometimes act out by behaving violently towards others. As .38 special ammo technology progressed, so did defense weapons. The stun gun was created to be exactly that: a tool used to help defend a victim from its assailants. Although a it is scientifically simple in its function, it can still cause irreparable damage to a subject without forewarning, including fatal damage.
A stunning device sends electrical current through the human body by accessing communication channels in order to deliver specific messages to various parts of the body. As a result of such a simple function, there are multiple variations of stun technology available to the public. Such varieties are standard products, Taser guns, and liquid stun guns to name a few. As with any variation of a product, each has their advantages and disadvantages. Standard stunning devices work best at close ranges and produce a constant flow of electricity, a Taser gun works well at far distances and is one-time use, and the liquid type can fire multiple pulses of electric shock via liquid “bullets” on multiple targets.
The overall purpose of these weapons is to temporarily subdue a person. And the science behind such a process is rather simple: sending electrical signals into the attacker’s nervous system causing it to temporarily short circuit, incapacitating the subject. It is important to note that these devices are intended for self-defense and restraint purposes and are increasing in usage. However, it can be improperly used and controversy may cultivate from surrounding circumstances. The controversy lies within the situational circumstances that are usually misinterpreted or misunderstood resulting in a faulty opinion of stun guns – that the effect(s) are undesirable, unanticipated results and is meant to attack people rather than protect innocent victims.
Unfortunately, the stunning devices resulted in horrific side effects, complications, and even death at times. As a result of the sudden injection of electrical current to the body, it causes the nervous system to shut down either temporarily or permanently. But, this type of side effect is reliant upon whether or not the subject had a pre-existing condition(s) or not. The majority of deaths caused by these weapons is due to a pre-existing medical condition. In addition to this, the frequent misuse and abuse of the stun gun provides similar results.
The varying number of situations in which stun guns are misused is increasing. For example, in Wisconsin, teenagers have been found using them on other 13-yr old students for recreational purposes. In Orange County, California, police officers have been indicted for using them on restrained suspects without probable cause, resulting in increased limitations on their use. In addition, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police must have reasonable grounds for using a stun gun device on civilians after a Coronado, California police officer used a Taser gun on a civilian after pulling them over for a traffic violation.