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Effective Low Cost Self Defense Technology

DARPA, the Pentagon, and other organizations are now exploring incredible stun gun technology which seems to be promising to render an assailant unconscious for minutes, instead of potentially rendering them unable to temporarily function.  What does this mean?  It means cheaper, less lethal and more available threat deterrents, which could ultimately lower crime and provide battlefield assistance for enemy personnel which are not overt combatants.  The organizations exploring this technology are desiring a much more powerful threat mitigation device complaining that the temporary (often less-than-effective) solutions aren’t giving enough effect to completely stop an attack every time.

The current technology is deemed too weak to effectively mitigate an aggressive assailant every time.  The requirement of constant actuation of the electric pulse (for example, a TASER or similar brand) makes a swift getaway or a full control of the situation sometimes impossible.  For instance, with a weak victim, or those without martial training or the ability to control a larger attacker, the attacker may be able to further attack the victim after they pulse stops or as they recover, which in some cases, could be nearly instantaneous.

The new technology is NSEP (nanosecond electric pulse).  These burgeoning technologies are allowing a shorter duration, heavily amplified electric shock to be administered to the attacker.  The nanosecond burst that these types of new EP (electric pulse) devices deliver allows the target to be effectively short circuited while also not permanently damaging or killing the target (in most cases).  Sometimes these new devices are referred to as MEGA devices; the amplified stun guns are part of a new trend in less-lethal weapons that improve their effectiveness many times over from past iterations.

Unfortunately for the consumer, the technology is a “borderline” technology, which means it still has too high a chance for fatality and therefore, it may be years before a widespread civilian approved system can come to market.  The opportunity for lethality exists in a number of scenarios, especially with multiple discharges, multiple weapons used at once, prolonged use on a single target, and hitting those with sensitive conditions.

Ask most people involved with personal defense, and they will tell you that once an assailant crosses the line to make an attack, the boundary between their worry for their assailant’s well-being and their desire to stay alive becomes moot.  If one could reasonably be assured that a total threat mitigation or total threat elimination arrives as a result of usage, the incidence of usage would likely be kept in check, and irresponsible usage would be minimized as the user would understand the consequences ahead of time.

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Without question, the different states would have issues adopting anything close to a singular standard or operation or carry protocols for the citizens it governs.  Ideally, one of the benefits of the technology is to allow for shorter bursts, and thus, the long-term effects of the heart-jostling electric pulses would be minimized.  From the user’s standpoint, the item allows for much more confidence and comfort as they will have a reasonable guarantee of risk elimination.  Unfortunately, as some law-abiding citizens already know, the citizen’s ability to protect themselves is sometimes reversed in this litigious society by those who seek to protect criminals. You shouldn’t have to ask the guy mugging you if he has a heart condition; without question, you intend the jolt to not be lethal, but there will always be concerns with anything that interrupts the normal activities of anyone or has the ability to make someone unconscious.

It’s important to note that the technology exists, but as yet, there is not a device small enough nor a test bed of data big enough to issue any kind of usable device in the next year or two.  Simply put, it’s an emerging technology based on a concept rather than a proof of concept.  The early results look interesting as this stun gun technology seems to be a more effective riot control device than several other technologies (including the ADS-a truck mounted microwave technology that elevates the heat of a target internally until they acquiesce).

It’s possible that the portability and the incredible disabling capability of this emerging technology will trump the less-lethals it is competing with in the near future.  It is even possible that the current battery technologies can be leveraged to allow a smaller form factor for this technology.  For instance, high capacity/high discharge batteries are now used relatively heavily in the flashlight industry and utilize magnets to quickly transfer a large quantity of energy quickly, while allowing a high output of energy over a decent span of time.  Such a technology could move hand in hand in development of this stun gun design. Because other forms of riot control or threat elimination technologies are easier to defeat outright, the promise of the capacity of such a high power “less-lethal” is without equal currently.  The only technology that comes close is the soft projectile or beanbag-type ammunition, but the fatalities are heavy with those technologies, and the cost would be significantly more than this method.  Furthermore, the inability to ensure unconsciousness is a trait that leaves a little something to be desired.

Because of the potential (and actually that’s an understatement) cellular damage that can occur with the pulse energy technology of the NSEP stun gun, the technology is threatened before it can readily be developed.  It can cause problems for cells below the surface of the skin and may be able to cause significant irreparable damage to certain cell types.

It’s not all bad news though: some of the cells it has had good results with are cells from cancerous tumors; the NSEP has a history (though short) of killing tumor cells.  Additionally, because of the precise timing and accuracy of the technology, the electric pulse can also help to stimulate dead nerves and immune system reactions, which could eventually make this technology one of the most sought-after in several fields of emerging science, not the least of which is military and defense.

In the end, it’s important that technologies like the mega stun gun are in the works, especially with tighter and tighter regulation coming through the pipeline and the climbing crime rates, paired with the trend towards more passivity and less notion of responsibility in all facets of society.

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