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Good Samaritan Gives Away Free Pepper Spray In India

Pepper Spray

Pepper Spray

Hyderabad, India – A good Samaritan named Raman Garimella has been giving away free pepper spray canisters to women in Hyderabad in an effort to help women protect themselves against the recent rash of crimes against women.

Garimella doesn’t think the best answer to women’s self defense issues is participating in candlelight vigils, holding hands singing kumbaya or even waiting around for the police. Instead he believes that women should take an active role in their own self defense, by arming themselves with pepper spray.

He believes this approach will also change the way men think about women. He wants to empower women, while simultaneously making some men think twice before trying to target a defenseless woman. So, he has decided to supply free pepper spray to all who request it.

His Facebook page says, “Pervs aren’t going to stop as long as consequences are not scary enough. What does scare men is the idea of being pepper sprayed their heads off. Ladies, if you are in Hyderabad and need it, message me for a free bottle of pepper spray and a whistle.”

Recently he has been contacted by more women than he can count. “I used to give pepper spray to my sister and friends but after the Delhi incident, I decided to give away these cans to women who needed them. I think that every woman should carry one. They are not heavy and it can ward off a man for at least 20 minutes. I was surprised to see the impact the status created after I put that up on Facebook. I got many calls from girls who wanted these sprays. And some of my male friends too got pepper sprays for their sisters and relatives as New Year gifts,” he said.

He says he doesn’t want to start a campaign or a movement but simply wants to do his part to help society and hopefully offer some piece of mind and self protection for women.

“I am not here to give advice to men or women. I just want to do my bit so that if caught in such a situation, women can stand up for themselves and protect their lives rather than depending on someone else,” he said.

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CMU Student Government Wants To Lift Pepper Spray Ban On Campus

Will Pepper Spray Soon Be Legal To Carry At CMU?

Will Pepper Spray Soon Be Legal To Carry At CMU?

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan – Central Michigan University student government members have drafted legislation in the student Senate calling for school administrators to lift the ban on pepper spray and other self defense items that are already considered legal by the state of Michigan.

Many students carry pepper spray just to feel safe, even if they don’t believe they’ll ever have to use it. However, under current CMU policy, it’s considered a violation to carry it, and penalties range from suspension to expulsion.

“I just think that’s really unfair and given circumstances of late, it seems like a bad policy,” said William Joseph, a member of the Student Government Association at the university, referring to a recent incident that occurred on campus.

Joseph introduced the legislation to eliminate the ban on pepper spray. He pointed out that an attack on campus in January reinforces the validity of the the student government’s proposal. On Jan. 16, a female student was abducted while walking on campus. It occurred right in front of the Student Activities Center and she was brutally assaulted before she broke free and managed to escape.

“I think it’s just something else you can take as a precaution,” said Joseph.

A Typical Pepper Spray Key-Chain

A Typical Pepper Spray Key-Chain

Although pepper spray and other self-defense devices are illegal on the CMU campus, many students still carry small, pepper spray key-chains that are easy to conceal. Ironically, The CMU Bookstore, which is on campus, sells pepper spray.

CMU student reps want to change the language that makes it illegal to possess pepper spray to help make students feel safer and make the campus a safer place to be.

“If this repeal of the ban ends up helping just one person here on campus, then it’s definitely worth it,” said student representative Jenny Moiles.

The legislation still has to pass one more branch of student government before it reaches the Central Michigan’s Board of Trustees and the university president. Those parties have the ultimate power to override current weapons policies on campus.

Pepper spray is currently legal to carry in the state of Michigan. The change that the student government is proposing would simply follow current state laws.

Let’s hope common sense prevails and school administrators approve the proposed change. Under currant policy, students are sitting ducks for predators who know their victims have no way to protect themselves. Policies similar to to those at CMU only function to embolden criminals who realize they’ll have little resistance from an unarmed victim.

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How Stun Guns Work

The Runt Rechargeable Stun Gun

The Runt Rechargeable Stun Gun

A stun gun is a self defense device that discharges electricity, disrupting the human body’s natural electrical signals. Most stun guns have between two to four metal contacts that, when touched against someone, will immediately send an electrical charge into the body. The ensuing electrical charge affects the central nervous system and will incapacitate even the largest of men. But how does it work and how much damage can it cause? To answer those questions it’s important to review basic concept of electricity and how it affects the human body.

ELECTRICITY BASICS

A common misconception among many people is that the shock from a stun gun can cause serious injury or death. While it’s true that exposure to electricity can lead to serious organ damage and death, this is not true of stun guns. If an electrical charge is high in amps it can lead to death, but high voltage will do nothing more than cause pain. Think of voltage as pressure or intensity and amperage as speed. The human body can take a lot of electrical “pressure” (voltage) at a low current or “speed” (amperage). The higher the speed, the more likely that severe damage will occur. Most stun guns can emit a charge of up to several million volts, but less than 10 milliamps. So a stun gun sends an electrical charge at a great intensity into the human body but does so at a very low rate of speed.

The following table gives examples of amperage and the effect on the human body;

  • 1 milliamp – Tingling Sensation in the muscles.
  • 3 – 5 milliamps – Muscle contractions, moderate pain, loss of balance and disorientation, some voluntary muscle control is still maintained.
  • 6 – 15 milliamps – Painful, complete loss of muscle control.
  • 100 – 200 milliamps – Extreme pain, Ventricular fibrillation (uneven, uncoordinated pumping of the heart.) Muscular contraction and nerve damage begins to occur. Death is likely.

THE MYTH OF STUN GUN DEATHS

Tasers (a brand of stun gun) used by police have been wrongly blamed for some high profile deaths in recent years. However, subsequent investigations have shown that the deaths were mainly caused by outside influences and not the stun gun itself. Most of the individuals who died after contact with a stun gun were under the influence of mind-altering drugs like cocaine. According to research, the presence of cocaine in the bloodstream increases the “shock” from a stun gun by 50 to 100 percent.

Source: Ten researchers led by Dr D Lakkireddy from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and reported in the August 2006 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

So, it isn’t actually the stun gun, but the presence of “illegal” drugs that was the catalyst. Without the presence of drugs in their system, they would have experienced a mild shock. The charge generated from a stun gun alone cannot cause death. Two to five milliamps simply isn’t enough amperage to cause death to a human being. However, when that amperage is increased by outside influences, the stun gun, or the user can’t be blamed.

HOW A STUN GUN DISRUPTS ELECTRICAL SIGNALS IN THE BODY

Stun Flashlight

Stun Flashlight

Electricity is present in the human body, without it we wouldn’t be able to perform simple tasks. The brain sends an electrical signal to nerve cells which then sends it to muscles telling them to expand or contract, to perform a particular function like walking or picking up an object. The muscle then sends a message back to the brain telling it what an object feels or tastes like. All of these messages travel through the central nervous system.

A stun gun works by disrupting this communication between the brain and nerve cells. The muscles are confused by this disruption and the ensuing electrical shock tells them to contract and expand rapidly. This rapid movement and resulting stress on the muscles depletes the blood sugar and converts it to lactic acid. In layman’s terms, the muscles are forced to do a massive amount of work in a short time and are too exhausted to perform even the most basic functions, like standing up. This leads to a loss of balance and disorientation which will typically last thirty to forty minutes, and there is no permanent effect on the human body.

The effects of a stun gun will vary based on many factors; the type or model, how many seconds it touches an attacker, the size and weight of the attacker, and the physiological makeup of the individual. However, as a general guideline the following is usually true;

  • One second of contact will exact some pain and cause muscles to contract.
  • Two seconds of contact will lead to moderate pain, muscle spasms and some loss of balance.
  • Three seconds of contact will cause intense pain, confusion, disorientation and lead to a complete loss of balance.

Stun guns are a great self defense option, especially for women. They disrupt the natural electrical signals traveling through the central nervous system causing disorientation and a lack of balance. They pack a powerful punch but leave no lasting damage. For people who are uncomfortable carrying a lethal weapon like a fire arm, a great non-lethal solution is a stun gun.

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8 Safety Tips For Women

Don't Become A Victim

Don’t Become A Victim

Most people mistakenly believe street crimes such as assault, robbery, homicide, rape and carjackings are common only in big cities with bad neighborhoods. It’s also a common misconception that these types of crimes only occur at night, under cover of darkness. However, crime statistics indicate otherwise. While it’s true that street crimes tend to occur more frequently in larger metropolitan areas, the suburbs and “nice” neighborhoods are not immune to crime, even during the day.

Women who are alone are at risk of becoming a victim at all hours of the day and in any type of neighborhood or city.

So, here are some quick tips for women on how to reduce your odds of becoming the victim of a street crime, no matter where you are.

Be Alert Of Your Surroundings

Be Alert Of Your Surroundings

1) – Be Aware Of Your Surroundings.

You should always be alert and observant to what is going on around you. That includes suspicious looking people and vehicles. Avoid poorly lit areas, or places where someone could hide and surprise you. People who talk on their cell phones are often oblivious to their surroundings and make great targets for criminals. Don’t be that person.

2) – Don’t Go Out Alone

Avoid going out alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas. There is safety in numbers. Criminals target women who are alone far more often that women in pairs or groups. However, just because you are traveling with a friend, doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. You still need to be cognizant of your surroundings and the people around you.

Avoid ATM's At Night

Avoid ATM’s At Night

3) – Avoid ATM’s At Night

Use common sense when using an ATM. Most ATM crimes occur after 8:00 pm. Plan things out ahead of time and use the ATM during day-time hours. If that isn’t a possibility then go to a supermarket. Many supermarkets have a mini bank branch inside, so use the ATM inside the market. If they don’t have a mini bank branch, consider buying a small item from the market and getting cash back. Never use a Bank ATM machine at night.

4) – Self Defense Weapons

Make sure you have some type of self defense item such as; pepper spray, a stun guns or even a kubotan. Whichever you choose, make sure you know how to use it and practice with it so you’ll be prepared when you need it.

5) – Learn How To Use A Gun

Learn about and familiarize yourself with hand guns. Even if you don’t own one or plan to own one, you may find yourself in a position to use one. An attacker may drop his weapon, or somebody being attacked may drop theirs and you could suddenly find yourself in a position to protect yourself or someone else. If you’ve never fired a weapon before you’ll be in trouble. However, if you’ve had some training or even some minimal exposure to handguns, that knowledge could prepare you to use that handgun for self defense and save your life in the process.

Take A Self Defense Class

Take A Self Defense Class

6) – Take A Self Defense Class

Sometimes carrying pepper spray gives women a false sense of security. The pepper spray could fail to discharge, you might drop it or it could be taken away. Have a back-up plan in place by taking a self-defense course. Learning how to throw a punch, or a kick will give you confidence. Often times that confidence shows in your body language and an attacker will simply choose another target. Or in the event that you do become a victim, you just might be able to use what you learn to save your life.

7) – Enable Cell Phone GPS

Keep your cell phone with you at all times and learn it’s capabilities. Does your cell phone have GPS tracking capability? If something happens to you and your cell phone has GPS tracking it may aid law enforcement in locating you. Also, make sure your phone has a full charge every time you leave the house.

8) – Let People Know Your Plans

Always let someone, a neighbor, roommate, or family member know your itinerary before you leave. If you go missing, this could make it much easier for the police to locate you later on.

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