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Many self defense weapons found at Security Wizard are classified as "non-lethal," or sometimes called "less than lethal." These weapons include batons, brass knuckles and pepper sprays.
Choosing to defend yourself with non-lethal weapons has enormous advantages legally, as well as increasing your own safety, and even your assailant's. It's unfortunate that people are sometimes required to defend themselves against others, but when it happens, we believe it's best and most advantageous to only do what is necessary. For this reason, we are proud to carry the selections of self defense weapons that we do.
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Thomas Hobbes, the 16th century political philosopher, defines mankind at its core to be "a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death."
Hobbes' outlook on human nature was grim and greatly influenced by his environment - the English Civil War of 1642; however, he did see people at their worst, fighting and stealing from each other, and every man out for themselves. He and others came to the consensus that, for people and their property to be safe, there must be government that everyone agrees to obey.
Their theories have entirely influenced and shaped our government and laws that we live by, but unfortunately, violence and the threat of harm are still far from gone. While our government and its judicial law enforcers greatly deter the worst of mankind's selfish propensities, there are still people who seek to harm, steal, and kill others for personal gain.
Likewise, there are places where law enforcement is too thin to effectively protect and serve society (or worse, where law enforcement is corrupted). As a result, victims of violence require a means to defend themselves, their families, and their property from harm's way. One of the oldest and most effective solutions has always been self defense weapons.
This is what Security Wizard specializes in, and we know that there are many defense weapons available for a wide variety of circumstances.
Self Defense: DeterrentsNobody wishes to be harmed or experience pain, and this applies to the criminals as well. In many cases, the threat of harm is generally enough to deter someone from attempting to harm you.
Deterrence plays a huge role in power struggle - just think about the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war. Manufacturers of self defense weapons take this principle into careful consideration when designing effective product lines.
Pepper spray and mace, for example are well known by everyone. Even without personally experiencing the effects from these sprays, just about anyone understands that they can be sprayed from afar, and that the caustic oils severely burn and incapacitate people. In a fair number of threatening confrontations, just showing an assailant pepper spray or mace with the intent deters adversaries from trying to harm you.
If the self defense weapon does need to be used, it has just as much bite as it does bark - they are extremely effective, and all the while, non-lethal.
Some self defense weapons like telescopic batons are extremely deterring in presence. Without much effort, they can be drawn out from concealment and snapped open quickly. It might seem like a novelty that a sound, a speed factor, and the "Voila" experience of a weapon appearing out of thin air would matter, but they, too, also make attackers carefully reconsider their intentions.
Should a baton actually need to be used, it is capable of non-lethal and lethal force.
Self Defense: Concealed and Disguised
While the appearance and presentation of some self defense weapons are great at deterring attackers, there are other weapon types disguised to look like everyday objects.
What is the value and purpose of a disguised weapon? There are a lot of different scenarios for having something like this on you. For starters, there might be events you attend or places you go to that have small security searches upon entering (i.e., a concert, various venues, etc.), but there's still the need to have personal protection inside.
An obvious weapon will be confiscated, but there's a much lower chance that a disguised self defense weapon will be taken away. Even if they are detected, security personnel frequently let these weapons slide vs. a gun or a knife that that simply cannot be overlooked. Having pepper spray disguised as perfume, or a lipstick stun gun makes great forms of personal defense that aren't easily detected.
In these scenarios, you don't usually know you're in harm's way until it's actually happening. You're strolling through a park, you walk by someone under an overpass, and the next thing you know, you're being held at gunpoint or getting put in a restriction hold. There is always the chance that if you're carrying a gun or knife, you'll be able to scare off or attack your assailant, but drawing such weapons at the disadvantage of being held in a lock, or at gunpoint, greatly increases your own chances of getting seriously injured or killed.
Drawing out your pepper spray a set of brass knuckles or a baton that quickly expands gives you the chance to quickly turn the tides, up close and personal.
A lot of the disguised weapons might look like some sort of a toy or decoration, but they are in fact extremely effective for self defense. It's convenient to conceal these weapons in your hands, which gives the advantage of surprise when not detected. The attacker might see a fist coming at them and isn't worried too much about absorbing the hit, but little do they know that those knuckles have some tiny, sharp, metal tips on them. These types of weapons can do significant damage to another person with minimal effort, but it's almost never the case that someone will be killed from the injuries they sustain.
This is more important today in our courts than ever before, because when someone's life is lost in defending one's self (even if it's the bad guy), the defendant (you) will likely be sued by someone's family members. That's why it's best, if possible, to avoid turning a situation lethal, and these types of non-lethal weapons are designed to offer the best protection without taking lives.
Another advantage to carrying non-lethal self defense weapons is that nearly all of them (in comparison to a gun) are safer to possess. Guns and blades are extremely effective defense weapons, but they are equally as dangerous. There are unfortunate cases where gun owners have accidentally shot themselves, someone else, or caused property damage through unintentional discharge. There are also plenty of cases where the attacker has managed to wrestle the gun or knife away and then use it with lethal force against the victim.
Even when a gun owner possesses good handling skills, there's always the chance of a child or another person finding the weapon in a bag, a jacket pocket, or another concealed carrying case, and discharging the weapon.
Many employers also forbid carrying guns and knives in the workplace. Doing so typically results in immediate termination, and getting escorted off the premises by police. Such incidents blemish work reputations and make getting future jobs exceedingly challenging and difficult to justify.
Most coworkers and employers couldn't care less if they happen to find a can of pepper spray that accidentally fell out of someone's pack in the restroom and these incidents (unlike with guns) do not stir up hysteria or turn into a witch hunt against the owner of the self defense weapon. Carrying a concealed knife doesn't pose as much of a risk as a gun does, but anything with a fixed blade has a good chance of getting noticed by others, and fixed blades also prevent or restrict certain movements while sheathed.
Basically, they can and do frighten other people, and they are just not that comfortable to carry around. Again, if others around you happen to spot a non-lethal weapon like pepper spray or a stun gun in your possession, few are threatened by them like they would be with a gun or knife. Non-lethal self defense weapons are, to Mother Culture, the politically correct instrument of protecting and securing one's self.
Overall, non-lethal weapons are just safer to carry than lethal weapons: for yourself, for those around you, and even for your assailant's long term future. Many non-lethal weapons can be legally concealed without a permit and brandishing laws are not as severe for them as they are with guns and knives (which could result in a misdemeanor). With that said, it's still wise to look into your state's laws to understand the limitations of any weapon you wish to carry for self defense.
It's important to understand that almost any weapon you're carrying on your persons for self defense can have serious legal repercussions. The more obvious and dangerous of a weapon, the more severe the legal ramifications, so it's crucial to know your state's laws because they all differ from each other. In this context, probably one of the most common questions that people ask about is if a concealed weapons permit will protect someone from legal trouble if charges are brought against them for brandishing or using a non-lethal or lethal weapon against another person.
There is no definitive answer, unfortunately - at least not one that applies to every state.
A concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit is limited to carrying firearms, not for carrying knives and other self defense weapons. I know - this is dumb (as are a lot of the laws we have); however, there are still perks to getting this permit, even if you're not planning to carry a firearm.
Overall, law enforcers appreciate the investment and education one receives from a CCW class. The primary subject of the class is about responsibility and understanding not only when it's acceptable to defend yourself from harm, but also what the consequences can be.
For this reason, having a CCW permit tells authorities that you understand better than the average person that you can responsibly carry weapons and are far less likely to escalate a potential problem with them. The permit is still not a license to carry non-firearms; it can just help your case out a bit more if you get hit with litigation around introducing or using a weapon in self defense.
What if you, instead, choose to use a common, every-day object like a watch or wallet chain as a self defense weapon? What are the laws on using obvious non-weapons? Again - we know that state laws differ from each other, and rulings can be ambiguous. There is a "deadly/dangerous" weapons category open to interpretation that most daily carry gear (DCG) falls under.
Here is an example that's a bit surprising to some to illustrate how a common, every-day object can still be categorized as a deadly weapon that the court frowns down upon:
A mother defends her child with a pie knife against a burglar who has broken into her house and is attempting to rob and assault her. The mother warns the burglar, he tries to grab her, and she, without aiming, swings and stabs the burglar in the throat.
He drops to the ground incapacitated while the mother and her child rush out of the house to a neighbor's to call the police. It so happens that the burglar lives, but can never talk again.
Additionally, he was unarmed when he was trying to rob the home. With the help of his trusty lawyer, he's persuaded to sue the mother for "excessive harm" that she delivered to him - loss of speech, pain and suffering, irrational fear of pie... all that stuff.
Even though the weapon she defended herself with was technically just a pie knife, it, within the context, is categorized as a deadly or dangerous weapon based on the way it was used, and what it did.
The burglar was, after all "unarmed" - who knows, maybe he was just trying to calm the mother down, and she interpreted his gesture to reach out and grab her as a threat when he just wanted to talk about the weather.
The same "dangerous/deadly weapons" category can unfortunately be applied to high heels, a wallet chain, a carpenter's hammer... just about anything someone uses to defend themselves with.
The point, then, is that it really doesn't help to deliberately carry DCGs instead of non-lethal self defense weapons for personal protection. A judge can subjectively categorize anything as a dangerous or deadly weapon, and this portrays you, the person being attacked, like a sadistic, pain-dealing criminal who uses personal altercation as a means to harm other people. Are there any self defense weapons that are OK to carry - that is, not resulting in any legal backlash?
The answer, unfortunately, is no.
If you're wanting to truly defend yourself, then you've got to do it, knowing that the legal ramifications will likely not be in your favor. The good news, though, is that you or someone else you were protecting is still alive. In preparing for the legal backlash, what's most important is the justification you give for the weapon and reasons you chose to defend yourself with.
It greatly helps in court cases to be able to tell a judge why you chose to carry a specific self defense weapon on your person, thus, indicating that you made an informed, educated decision prior to the incident, and not that the weapon was bought on a whim without any knowledge of what damage it could do.
Indicating that you chose, say a baton a year ago because you learned that it has a tremendous bludgeoning force that even a small-framed 60 year-old (hypothetical "you") could use as defense demonstrates forethought and responsibility on your part. The fact that you've carried this weapon for a year with no previous personal defense incidents also shows that you're not a hot headed, sanguineous individual, and that you understand self-control and caution.
This is really the best you can do for yourself legally - to demonstrate that you have taken into consideration your best options to protect yourself from harm's way without using excessive and unnecessary force.
In the last section, we covered the basics about whether CCW permits benefit carrying non-firearms self defense weapons, and the reality that a judge could place any object someone uses for self defense into a "deadly or dangerous" weapons category. We also covered the best strategy for giving an account to law enforcement about the weapon you chose to carry in order to demonstrate forethought, planning, and self control. In this section, we want to talk about exercising personal restraint and doing only what's necessary to protect yourself in a situation, even if you'd prefer to put some extra hurt down on someone and convince the cops that you didn't.
It's really a discussion about morality and being able to live with yourself based on the decisions you make in the heat of the moment if/when you get the upper hand against your assailant.
So... what are you carrying self defense weapons for, anyhow? To protect yourself, right? It's possible that Frank Castle (AKA The Punisher) is your favorite superhero, and that some part of you walks the streets in hopes to give crime a critical beatdown when opportunity strikes. This, however, isn't a lifestyle to seek out.
Protecting yourself or someone else from harm's way is necessary (it's the attacker or you), but just because you have the means to put someone in the hospital or the grave doesn't mean that you should. This stupid idiot (or group of idiots) that instigated a fight or situation are real, living, breathing human beings, too. Chances are that someone in their life still actually loves and cares for them, so unless you really have to maim them in an act of self defense, we'd like to plant the seed for restraint when the opportunity arises.
It's easy to get caught up in the moment: you're scared, your adrenaline is pumping, and some scumbag just popped out a switchblade and is demanding your wallet and wedding ring.
To his surprise, he gets a lot more than your iPod when he's suddenly blasted in the armpit with electricity from your disguised stun gun. He's now on the ground wiggling like a confused newborn baby in a puddle of his own pee. Do you run? Do you call the cops and stand at the ready to restrain him until help arrives, or do you have a Denzel Washington, Man On Fire moment, and become your assailant's judge, jury, and executioner?
You might tell yourself "I could run, but he'll get away with this and do it again," so you, at the very least, break one or two of his limbs and tell him in a Batman voice that "next time will be the last!"
Bad call. It might be later that night, that week, or even years into the future when you're thinking back to that moment where you could have controlled yourself and used restraint. If you're like most folks, you could suffer regret and have a guilty conscience for your past actions. This isn't fun, and if you get caught, you could really be in big trouble - especially if some teenage kid recorded the whole thing on his cell phone and posted the irrefutable evidence against your side of the story on YouTube. If, however, you're fortunate enough to not possess a conscience, and you cherish and savor that violent memory, then all our warnings fall on deaf ears. You're free of moral obligations... like Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, and we all know how that ends: "The horror! The horror!"
The consequences of brandishing weapons are generally downplayed or come as a surprise to most people until they're in court having the big law books thrown at them by an unsympathetic judge.
To "brandish" a weapon means to exhibit or draw out a deadly weapon or firearm with a threatening or angry manner, and doing so can result in either a misdemeanor or felony.
Earlier, we mentioned the virtues of deterring potential violence or harm with a self defense weapon; however, under the right circumstances, this could be categorized as brandishing against the defender. The decision to introduce a weapon into a threatening situation is a thin line that can be easily crossed over since the feeling or presence of threat, and one's reactions, are greatly subjective.
In concealed carry classes, nearly every scenario under discussion revolves around this subject since a firearm is indisputably a deadly and lethal weapon. The question, then, is how do you know when a particular situation warrants introducing a dangerous or deadly weapon into a situation?
The simple answer is that it's justified to do so if your life is in danger, but it's never this clean or simple. People are capable of overreacting or feeling one way in the moment, and another way later. Or maybe the victim being assaulted by a burglar is a Navy Seal, and although he/she is being held at gunpoint, when they respond by drawing a weapon and using it, the court will take into consideration the soldier's training and experience, and in some cases, use it against them - as if they were trained so well that they they're expected to be bulletproof.
This sounds absurd, but when it comes to brandishing (not necessarily using a weapon), the lines get blurred, and there are always two sides of the story.
You must use extreme caution when pulling out any weapon with the intent to use it. Try to objectively determine that your life or someone else is very much in harm's way, and that the likelihood of rectifying the situation calls for introducing a self defense weapon. An obvious consequence to brandishing a weapon is the escalation of the circumstance, and this is another angle of the subject to consider.
We've touched on it, but it hasn't been outright stated. If and when someone introduces a weapon into the situation, the other person will adjust their actions to suit their needs. If an assailant has only verbally threatened to harm (no matter how convincing they are), pulling out most weapons is generally not justifiable at this point.
The law expects you to handle the situation in a more peaceful means (i.e., try getting away or talking things out). Even if the same sort of assailant pushes you, that behavior still doesn't justify pulling out most weapons - especially a dangerous or deadly weapon like a knife or firearm. If people are around while this is happening, get loud. Yell out things like "Someone help me!," or "get help," or "someone call the cops."
Set the presence that you're doing all you can to end the confrontation without violence, and if things do get physical, be sure that drawing out a weapon is the most logical, necessary solution to protecting yourself.
Sometimes, just collecting weapons is good enough. Sure - it's cool to think about how these weapons are used and what they can do, but let's face it, some of us just love having and displaying weapons. Security Wizard has a wide variety of knives, swords, armor, etc., from samurai and ninja weaponry to American Civil War sabers, and even fantasy weapons.
Our products look great, they're real, and best of all, they are affordable. We hope you enjoy browsing through our categories and products. When it comes to being a weapons collector, only your imagination and personal preferences limit you on what you want and how you choose to display it.
Both universal and decorative wall mounts and display cases are easy to build or find, and they can keep your collection up and out of the way, insuring the protection of your weapons, as well as your friends, family, and guests who enjoy looking it over.
One of the biggest reasons why it's worth keeping your weapons restricted to a case or holding mount is that other people seem to like touching weapons as much as they like looking at them. Once a weapon ends up in someone's hands, they tend to swing it around a little - not trying to do any harm, but hey! It's a real blade with a sharp edge on it, and their waiving inches away from your flat screen TV.
When your weapons are in a display case or restricted by a wall mount, it makes people think twice before just grabbing something and starting to wave it around. There are also weapons made from steels that can be tarnished from fingerprints and dirt, such as spring steel, or metals with bluing on them. Stainless steel is easy to clean, and they require no oiling like some of the other metals to keep preserved, but in case you own something that requires upkeep, a case will keep unwanted hands off your collection.