Well, this does not meet all the criteria, but as another responder said, the goal is not to kill, but to escape, safely. With that in mind, I will tell you what I think not only meets, but is in a category by itself when it comes to all the most critical criteria. That is not to say there are not a lot of good ideas among the responses, but this is, by far, the best, in my humble and unbiased opinion. :)
I’m of the conviction that you simply find the gadget that is the most likely to get the job done in the greatest variety of situations and with the least skill or strength required.…period.
The first and probably most important question is whether it is going to be in your hand when you are attacked. If it is not in your hand, indexed in firing position with any safety already in the off position, before the attack commences, it is likely useless. The next question is whether it will stay in hand and be usable under extreme stress in an unexpected, sudden attack and without extensive training or any training. Disclaimer: Training is ALWAYS going to be better than no training, but this devise saved the young lady in the photo below and her friend, with about ten minutes of “How to operate it” type training.
The attack was sudden and violent, but because she had taken the device out and put it on her hand about two minutes before the attack, it was not entirely unanticipated by her, but was by her friend. Fortunately for her friend, she had a friend with a D.A.D.® 2 in hand.
Other considerations are whether the attack is taking place while the person is walking across a university campus, out on a jogging trail, in a parking lot at the mall, mountain biking, walking down the beach, traveling to a foreign destination, etc.
What device would be legal or practical in that particular situation? Is it legal in your jurisdiction or specific location. After those questions are answered, the next would be whether the level of force is a legal, justified response and is the device effective at incapacitating the attacker, enabling the intended victim to escape without injury. Can it stop drug impaired or multiple attackers? How long does it incapacitate the attacker? Is that long enough to get away if you are in a remote location?
What is the risk that the attacker could use your device against you and if so, what is the likely result? Is it probable death, serious injury or temporary incapacitation?
All these questions and their answers should be considered. Is there one device that is best for every possible situation? Of course not. There are situations for which a gun is absolutely the best option and other situations for which it is not even a possible option, let alone the best option, given that only 1 in about 101 use-of-force situations merit lethal force. A self defense strategy without a good non-lethal means of defense is an extremely limited strategy.
The non-lethal strategy might be using your own body as your means of defense, but a force multiplier is a necessary addition for nearly everyone, unless you are Superman or Captain Marvel.
The New D.A.D.® 2 has capabilities never before possible, thanks to Bluetooth/GPS technology combined with a powerful, innovative, award winning app for iPhones and Android phones and the most powerful hand-held, non-lethal defense technology in existence, at any price. Getting what has proven to be the best is simply smart. Opinions do not protect you from an attacker. They don’t care what salespeople say, or products or companies claim.
The information below tells a little about why the D.A.D.® 2 should be at the top of your list for the non-lethal component of your safety strategy.
Using a uniquely effective design and deployment method, including blinding light and military strength chemical agent (OC) originally developed as the TigerLight for police and military operations and extensively tested for human effects at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and on the street, previous TigerLight® Non-Lethal Defense Systems were the basis for the development of the D.A.D.® personal defense system.
In actual field tests, previous TigerLights yielded the highest documented “stop rate” in the world at 96% without injury to the subjects. See Report On LASD Study at Non-Lethal Weapons - Self-Defense Weapon - Tigerlight (TigerLight - Maker of the Defense Alert Device) or request a copy.
In 2012 TigerLight, Inc. delivered a White Paper to the U.S. ARMY for the development and possible use of a TigerLight® that included, among other capabilities, real-time signal transmission from the device, sending the GPS location and real-time video to remote command posts.
Michael H. Teig, TigerLight CEO, began work on a non-military version that his wife and seven daughters could carry and operate. It would not only have the non-lethal stopping power of previous TigerLights, but would be smaller, lighter, stunning in appearance, inexpensive, very comfortable to carry, unrecognizable as a self-defense device and able to send “I’m In Danger” alerts to those able to respond the fastest, not just to some call center where a call receptionist is going to try to call you. Then, if they cannot get you, which will be the case if you are under attack, they will call the police in that area. You then have another 9 minutes or so, on average, before someone arrives to help. You also have to pay monthly fees for most all these services. Compare that to what a D.A.D.® 2 does.
It can alert anyone with the free app within a mile, even if not a “friend or family” app contact. It can also alert anyone, anywhere in the world, who is in the app contacts. It also can alert everyone to let them know the second you are safe. everyone who receives the alert has a 911 button. Also one must consider that when you dial 911, or push the 911 button on the D.A.D. alert screen, it will call the 911 dispatcher in the area from which the call is made.
That capability to send an alert to anyone within a mile who has the D.A.D.® app, regardless of whether or not those people are in the sender’s app contacts, combined with its safety, practicality and stopping power, makes this device the most important device in the history of personal and public safety. This unique alert capability referred to as “Crowd Alert™” technology gives the user the ability to directly contact hundreds, even thousands of individuals who just happen to be in the area. One little push on the button of the device sends an alert signal from the Bluetooth chip in the device to the user’s cell phone app that they have on their person. The app on the cell phone then distributes the “I’m In Danger” alert via the app, to the text, email and app of anyone in the app contacts at any distance, but more importantly, to anyone with the app, via Crowd Alert™, if that person is within a one mile radius of the person in danger.
The photo, name and location of the person in danger is seen by potentially hundreds or even thousands of people on their cell phones who are in close proximity to the person in danger or needing help for a variety of reasons. The people receiving the alert have essentially agreed to be “first responders” if they happen to be in the area when someone in danger sends an alert.
Imagine a student walking to her car and she is approached by someone with ill intent. She shines the light at the bad guys and discreetly sends an alert to 5,000 students who are very close to her location, many of whom saw her just a minute or two before.
Hundreds of students, including campus security, run to her aid. If she needed to use the non-lethal force provided by the device, she will have done so and the individual will likely be incapacitated when people “first responders” begin arriving. Not only is she able to stop an attack or potential abduction, but 100 people, many with the same device, others with the app only and others still with neither the device nor the app but who received the alert via text and email because they were in the girls D.A.D.® App contact list, can be there within seconds.
These potentially massive numbers of “first responders” will not only put fear into the minds of criminals, but those criminals will be far less apt to get away to commit the same crime against someone else. Never before has the public had access to such power to protect each other.
Some would say that the person responding to the alert is putting themselves in danger. That is potentially true. It is no different than hearing someone scream for help. Do you go help? Do you get others to go with you? Do you call 911 instead and hop the police can get there in time to save the victim? It’s like the story of the good samaritan. Two passed by, ignoring the persons need for help. One put his own life at risk to help another. I don’t know about you, but if my daughter were walking across campus and a guy attacked her, I would want person in close proximity to her to go in groups to see if they could help stop the guy from raping and/or killing her. I’d be REALLY disappointed if all they did is call 911.
Again, there are many things to consider and being the most powerful or deadly option is far from the only consideration when formulating a personal safety strategy.
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