As we all know, certain factions in the government and the more Liberal folks are Hell bent on Gun Control. Their idea is that if nobody has any guns, there will be no crime. Unfortunately, this flies in the face of common sense and statistical evidence.
For instance, America is only 27th of all counties in the world when it comes to killings by firearms. ALL of the nations with the worst violence are those which have bans on private ownership of guns! Great Britain and Japan have strong gun control laws, yet they have never been able to stem deaths by firearms either.
Here in the United States, Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, but also one of the highest gun crime rates in the nation, year after year. In fact, many of our cities have banned private ownership of guns, yet the crime rate still soars. The problem is too many criminals for the cops to keep under control, aggravated by funding shortages to hire more police.
It is a worthy intention to think that gun crime can be stopped by taking gun ownership away, but a deeply flawed one that lacks common sense. The "fly in the ointment" is that criminals don't abide by ANY laws, so they will always have guns. The FBI did a study some years ago with the results that any paroled felon could leave prison, return to his home city, and have a gun within about three hours after arriving.
Here in Appalachia "gun control" has an entirely different meaning; hitting five out of six on the target range is real control. A large number of people grow up with guns and with the exception of some of our bigger cities, crime rates are generally lower than elsewhere. Just the thought that you could be breaking into a house where it is quite likely you'll be shot is a Hell of a good defense for home owners around here! And currently classes for a "Concealed Carry" permit are backed up for months.
People in this country are well aware that the police cannot be everywhere and protect everyone. And so those that are thinking ahead and preparing for any eventuality are arming themselves as never before. In my County the response time in rural areas runs between 20 minutes and an hour, but some major cities in this nation can't even promise that! In most cases, the police are encouraging citizens privately to get a gun, despite what certain media outlets and the government claim.
One of the things that you are taught by most firearm instructors is that if you draw a gun, you'd better be prepared to use it! This is because some more hardened criminals are not concerned with a citizen with a gun. You might have to shoot and kill this perpetrator! And the fact that a firearm is a lethal weapon is a problem. There is no "fallback position" with a gun.
And so for the past few years, I have begun to think about the use of "non-lethal weapons." I'm very interested in TASER weapons. These fire two wire streaming darts into the perpetrator and send a charge of several thousand volts at low amperage through his body. I have wanted to get one of these, but costs and regulatory restrictions make that impossible. Still, the very thought of Hernaldo writhing on the floor, wetting himself instead of robbing me is too good to ignore. EThis would be especially good if you could plug the weapon into a wall outlet to make sure you don't run out of juice before the police arrive (remember those long response times?)
As an alternative, I starting thinking about a weapon that was used in a few Sherlock Holmes stories; the "Air Gun." This was very similar to the air powered BB guns we had as kids, but in Holms' day were rare and hand built. The idea here was to fire small darts tipped with an exotic poison that killed a victim. In today's age of technical advancement and plentiful pharmacological items, the air gun could be updated into a non-lethal weapon.
A common CO2 bottle powered BB or pellet pistol could be modified to fire a dart with a quick acting sedative. The perp goes "night-night" and awakes in a jail cell. Heck, this could create a whole new defense armament business for someone. It is a much lower tech and lower cost alternative to either firearms or TASERS.
Heck, why not an tap old time gang idea; the "Zip Gun." This was a very crude firearm, some of them used heavy rubber bands to force a nail into a bullet taped to a small piece of wood! Sort of a small, gun looking slingshot to fire a bullet. Yep, they were crude, but effective one shot weapons. But again for shot range defense, this idea could be modified to be an even lower tech non-lethal weapon than the modified "Air Gun."
Actually, regular firearms have long been used to fire rubber bullets or "flash bang" grenades instead of bullets. In some small countries with constant political unrest, weapons that fire projectiles other than bullets have long been in use, usually by the rebels or enraged citizens. Many years ago in a couple of Brazilian towns, firing small ball bearings at cops was in vogue. Yeah, they hurt like Hell, but didn't kill anyone.
Then there was the infamous "Garbage Cannon." This was more "high tech" in that these were made from lengths of iron pipe. You welded steel plates into one end to make your cannon, then used a bag of black powder as the charge. In front of this old clothing was packed and then projectiles. The projectiles were often a nasty combination of rocks, bricks, old rusty cans, broken bottles and then whatever festering garbage could be found, and sometimes human feces.
It was a "one shot weapon" but could take out a pretty good size number of attackers. Can you imagine being on the receiving end of all that flying broken glass, rocks, and rusty metal bits, liberally intermixed with garbage and sewage?
On the other hand, what if you had something like this on a smaller, carrying size scale fired by compressed air or a CO2 cartridge and loaded with a dozen of those tiny sized but active "Super Balls?" If used in a small space the "rebound effect" could go one for over a minute and confuse the would be perp!
Here again, such low tech, non-lethal weapons might be a new industry just waiting to be born. And we haven't even gotten into the various kinds of traps that could be set up just for home defense! Low tech is very reliable due to a lack of complex designs and components. They rarely fail! They are cheap to make, so an assembly line could crank out thousands of these type weapons a day for a price any citizen could afford. Since nobody gets killed, there are no legal problems or need for poorly thought out legislation.
Can you imagine what would happen if a hold up man tries to rob a convenience store and is met by an employee and half a dozen customers who open up on him with a selection of non-lethal weapons? No need for the police to study security tapes, they just hunt down the guy a few blocks away with all the bruises!