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A Very Clear Reminder That Stun Guns Are Not Good For Self Defense | Active Self Protection

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Stun guns are not good defensive tools. Many people use the words “stun gun” and TASER interchangeably, but they are NOT interchangeable terms. Stun guns use electrical current to cause pain over a 1-2” area; the TASER uses barbs to create a path over 12” for neuromuscular incapacitation and overrides control of muscles. Stun guns are not good defensive tools and this shows a good example of why. NEWS STORIES, MORE INFO: Raw and news story: https://get-asp.com/6te4 ASP merch is in stock in the store…go get a newly designed limited edition phone case! http://get-asp.com/store ASP Extra new channel for tips, drills, gear reviews, vlog, etc: https://www.youtube.com/activeselfprotectionextra If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this reminder that stun guns are not good defensive tools? https://get-asp.com/patron or https://get-asp.com/patron-annual gives the details and benefits. Find a good instructor in your area and get some training: https://get-asp.com/directory Attitude. Skills. Plan. (music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com) Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.
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Active Self Protection (8 months ago)
Well, the new outro music has certainly given people something to talk about!
S Live (6 months ago)
Hi
Nathan Gilbert (8 months ago)
More cowbell
Red Bear Preparedness (8 months ago)
John, bring back the beard, and the original music.
1938 Quarter (8 months ago)
It's pretty awful, John. And your usual outtro music actually ain't half bad. That's my 2 cents.
Aitch (8 months ago)
Put back the old one!
KKnopp (12 hours ago)
They Chinese ones thar you get from eBay, etc SUCK!. Wire your transformer solder the parts to the board. Mine can send someone down in a few seconds. #propaganda. A PROPERLY DESIGN STUNT GUN RUNNING at a specific frequency will work JUST GOOD!
Josh Singleton (6 days ago)
Sometimes i sit on a bench and sometimes i dont, but dont be scared of them.
Sean Schilling (10 days ago)
As someone who is visually impaired, I don't see myself carrying a firearm but would you guys recommend as a good personal self-defense method?
Jamie Lancaster (11 days ago)
I disagree. My daughter is in college (she is a ccw) but guns are not allowed anywhere on campus so she carries a stun gun in her hand after dark.
adam zarbon (13 days ago)
I don't blame the stun gun, I blame the person using it.
ThePlaystationCriminal (16 days ago)
She’s a dumbass. He’s wearing a jacket the prongs wouldn’t hit him. And he should have just gave him the money
Mells_ Gaming (17 days ago)
obviously in the hand wont do squat what about the neck area or even the back area youre gonna tell me any type of electricity in those areas wont get someone off you? yeah right this one example out of what millions that were effective? this channels a joke
Joel Driver (18 days ago)
Probably one of the worst tactics by a "self defender" I've seen in any video and she's very lucky she wasn't stabbed or killed. Not sure how she thought that a stun gun could ever possibly be a good idea for self defense...LMAO. If she didn't want to use a gun pepper spray would have been perfect for this situation because she had enough distance and he was only using a knife. This lady's just not very bright.
Nxzn Zls Mzmxx Ds (1 month ago)
Dislike sounds stupit coveasp?? Wtf
UcanbeGOD (1 month ago)
What about a Cattle Prod?
Meet John Doe (1 month ago)
Stun guns are cheap but worthless as a defensive weapon. They do make a scary sound though and some have a flashlight too so maybe not completely worthless.
7Teddy (1 month ago)
Well the one the police have work
accessbob (14 days ago)
The police don't use stun guns. They use actual TASERS which is mentioned in the video. They SHOOT barbs out into the perp and connect with wires which send the pulsed electrical charge which disables the person. And they are not always effective either.
Patrick Odell (1 month ago)
Wasp spray works from a distance and if they do not get immediate medical attention it can cause permanent blindness I was told this by a police officer because you can defend yourself with it from approximately 20 to 25 feet away!
Active Self Protection (1 month ago)
No. No. A million times no. No effect on humans.
Dream Big (1 month ago)
I have a stun gun and when tested on my jeans it was diabolically effective. I immediately fell on the floor ! Obviously, John has never tested a stun gun on him and he should. The most efficient ones have more than 1mA (milliampere). Under 0.5mA they are useless. However, you have to be careful to buy one with non-rechargeable batteries. The stun gun the woman used in the video may have been discharged, something that easily happens with rechargeable batteries.
Active Self Protection (1 month ago)
They are generally garbage. All of them except actual TASERs and even those aren’t close to 100% effective. Not even close. Yes, I have tested them. If you think they are terribly effective why doesn’t law enforcement or any major instructor use or endorse them?
Harold Price (2 months ago)
Number one...She admitted that she didn't push the button correctly and basically missed missed his hand. Number Two. He saw and was frightened that she was trying to stun him and he actually backed off and wanted to get the Hell out of there as fast as he could. So any way you want to slice it....The stun gun actually deterred her from a full on assault and did the job.
K1 Fighter 1988 (2 months ago)
stupid old indian woman she should use taser gun on him not stun gun. if she had used taser gun on him she could do it from distance she didnt need to come so close to him.
Mike Fu (2 months ago)
Taser isn't much better, you only have ONE shot......and they are Known to fail....you could have a malfunction, or probes might not connect....person could have many layers of clothes....NOT going to be effective. It's great in "specific" scenarios, but not all the time....honestly just better off with a Knife or Pepper Spray.....or Gun.
Mike Fu (2 months ago)
It's a good deterrent against idiots trying to rough you up at a sports bar.......but It's terrible during a stand-off.....because someone can just Sucker Punch you.....game over. People don't realize how hard it is to "touch" someone with a stun gun...because people are VERY fast in the real world....it's basically a game of speed....same thing with a fist fight, it's NOT whos stronger....it's who is Faster. The advantage a stun gun has, is the element of surprise ONCE you are grabbed or in close quarters and someone's locked onto you.......but it might be too late anyways.
Mike Dunning (2 months ago)
He attacked with a dildo. This is why the stun gun was ineffective.
Gaige Hurtz (2 months ago)
Indians ain’t giving up no damn money
Robert Williams (2 months ago)
This scenario wasn't about how ineffective a stun gun is in a self defense situation, but rather how ineffective a stun gun is in this "partticular" situation in the hands of a person that possibly hasn't trained enough or wasn't comfortable enough to use it as it was intended. A firearm would be just as ineffective if the same relative variables were present. Stun guns are certainly not perfect or ideal for every self defense scenario but they do have their place and are better than nothing. I wouldn't recommend a stun gun where a firearm would be more effective but I may not favor a pistol in certain self defense situations either. I've seen a few of your videos where the victim that defended himself just happened to get lucky. A firearm wouldn't have made much of a difference of the bad guy would have common sense.
Jordan S (3 months ago)
a spear or an axe with a stun gun duct taped to the end of it is quite effective in these situations.
GaMeR500 (3 months ago)
The taser that's a pistol is better
Pootis (3 months ago)
Ever heard of a taser gun?
Mike Fu (2 months ago)
yeah and you got ONE shot.....IF it even shoots.
Night Stalker2X (4 months ago)
Stun guns really don't work. My friend and I tried it on each other with other tools and a cattle prod worked the same and cheaper.
David Yacoub (4 months ago)
Actually if that lady wasn't so terrible at using the stun gun, she might've been able to shock the assailant for several seconds and cause muscle contractions and loss of balance and muscle control.
Aleesha Ayers (4 months ago)
bitch could have got shot,,,she's lucky goofy bitch
The Rabbit (5 months ago)
Clearly he didn’t want to hurt her!!!
Darren D (5 months ago)
Depends on the situation........of course in this scenario, something other than a stun gun would be good. In a very close situation (IE rape), a stun gun is in fact good for self defense.
john estock (6 months ago)
She's way too nice a person to use any kind of weapon; might as well just comply. Sorry, but she should be working in day care.
Stuart Ferguson (6 months ago)
She should have used the outro music to defend herself. That perp would have been running for his life!
Jack o (7 months ago)
i agree stun guns are, especially in this case, security theater.
Texlith Graves (7 months ago)
Don't know about all the laws regarding sawed off shotguns but pulling one out from under the counter would send just about anyone running.
Miles Edgeworth (7 months ago)
Stun guns are melee weapons. TASERs(Thomas A. Swifts Electric Rifle) are shaped like a handgun. ok
colonel radec (7 months ago)
i dont think there good for self defense either. some better than your hands.. maybe? but it doest help that shes a moron 😂 i mean in a combat sense. apologies. but i do respect her standing up as well. stupid and dangerous.. but fuck she got lucky, real lucky and he had a hard time from the looks of it?
BroskyWhoDatedHoski (8 months ago)
my mom was robbed years ago.and quit.she told the robber to get the fk outta here. u mudda fka.haha he nvr did.almost killed ger over 33$
Sam G (8 months ago)
Now with the money, that he stole he'll probably go buy some heroin. If he's lucky it be laced with fentanyl.
Allison Contreras (8 months ago)
I think in my opinion that stunguns to work because it didn’t work on her because it saved her life who cares about money it’s saved her life and that’s all it matters not to protect everything just her life so don’t be saying that they don’t work when they do because I saved her life, and I’m just 10 years old and that man is like 50 years old come on come on now be smarter!!!! Like if you agree that a life is more valuable than money 👍
Allison Contreras (8 months ago)
Oh I meant to put did work on her*
Devin F (8 months ago)
She needs help
PartTimeZombie (8 months ago)
What about pepper spray and a stun gun?
Boris Bojanic (8 months ago)
i didnt press the buRtton
Jesse Sisolack (8 months ago)
I have sold a lot of stun guns. They are not nearly as useful as a firearm or a good pepper spray, but they beat nothing. The main thing that makes them effective, however, is they are scary. They do not knock someone out. They can only, at best, put someone down for a short time, hopefully long enough for you to get away. They do impede muscle function, but only in the local area that they hit, and it also the quality of the stun gun matters too. In the hand like that is not going to do much even if it did work. He would had gotten a zap, went OUCH while pulling his hand away, and then been angry. It would be the same as if you got a shock from an exposed light fixture. You need a main body area hit to do anything effective.
Matthew Alston (8 months ago)
Please change the funeral parlor music,its nauseating
Norman Bates (8 months ago)
Home of SLIPKNOT
JudahJedi (8 months ago)
She risked her life for a few hundred iou notes of paper, very bad choice on her part.
TJ Jones (8 months ago)
Glad she was unhurt. I gotta say I laughed how easy he swatted it out of her hand. Maybe it's good she didn't make contact or it could have p'ed him off and been worse. Again glad she wasn't injured
bp968 (8 months ago)
Oh buddy is that outro music terrible. I even like chiptunes and electronic music and I *still* think its terrible. Sorry ASP, this ones a no go ;)
Seth Rich (8 months ago)
In college we used to sneak up and use a stun gun if you didn't do your dishes. Let's just say people did the dishes. It's slightly painful but I agree, it's hardly disabling. It's far more psychological than physically effective.
shamas mcfinagin (8 months ago)
Not much for comments but I deliver beer there on Mondays and it happens a few hours after I left. The store is in a location known to have issues, high rate of crime in the area she did say to the Des Moines register "ain't nobody gonna bang me down"
JJ Anthony (8 months ago)
She’s not very smart in my opinion. Just give the idiot the money. There can’t be more than a grand in that register...definitely not worth your life. If you’re gonna resist, make sure you’re capable and equipped to do so. This lady sure as hell couldn’t put up any kind of a fight.
LAalien1 (8 months ago)
This outro music is terrible and depressing
King Smith (8 months ago)
👍
Norin Ali (8 months ago)
Scsry
Finite Stalin Col (8 months ago)
people in the comments section focusing on John's moustache etc. are prime candidates for ending up in future ASP videos as victims who didn't make it.
Ben Hayat (8 months ago)
She thought this is India...
James Moore (8 months ago)
Tasers are stun guns, but not all stun guns are Tasers. Tasers can be used in distant self defense by firing two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by conductors, to deliver electric current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing "neuromuscular incapacitation. It can also be used as a contact stun gun while loaded and without firing (must come into contact with the other person to deliver the stun). Tasers are more expensive than contact stun guns alone, but hey, I bought a contact stun gun and pepper spray on one device at http://www.beststungun.com/. I can say stun guns are useful self-defense tools if you know how and when to use it to your advantage just like any other tools. It is important to note that stun guns are designed to allow the users buy some time to stay away from trouble. The lady in the video appears she has no plan to run for safety. She should not have used the stun gun in the first place. If that lady hit the face of the guy with her stun gun, then the guy might be distracted for several seconds, enough time to run for safety. If you have nowhere to run, why use the stun gun? A stun gun can help the user gain advantage in a fight as well, but running to safety after using the stun gun is still the best option.
Kiesch 524 (8 months ago)
Nooo, tell me again how we should ban the guns!!!
ThyWillBeDone1776 (8 months ago)
I do not agree that a stun gun is a worthless tool. I believe tools should always be evaluated on a situational basis. In this situation, a stun gun would not be very effective. When dealing with a less than lethal close quarters threat, a stun gun can be very effective if you are trained how to use it properly. Not every threat we encounter will be a deadly threat, so we must prepare for the non-deadly threats as well. In a liberal controlled victim disarmament zone, a stun gun might be your only choice of physical tools.
cogen651 (8 months ago)
The problem is she had no idea the effectiveness of that weapon. Probably her idiotic husband gave her that as a save all and in her mind it was going to save her..
Serie26 (8 months ago)
Yeah, that music needs to go
poposisa (8 months ago)
stun guns dont work, they will only make the thug more violent.
Cruiser_B 97 (8 months ago)
Change this outro music man. Sounds like the something the Hodgetwins would play.
Abraham Lincoln (8 months ago)
That outro is as bad as not checking your transitional spaces! 😂 There is no emotional or spiritual fitness prep that will help here! 😂😂😂
AltaMirage (8 months ago)
Yeah, the new music is like the tune you used to get if you lost your game in an eighties arcade... old one much better.
Dessa C. (8 months ago)
3:30 Robber: *Get that shit out of here*
Alejandro Romero Osnaya (8 months ago)
The outro music makes me feel like i'm in a haunted house listening to rap.
Pure Gold (8 months ago)
I was going to lower the sound but something new...!! :)
ambis99 (8 months ago)
What is the use of a silent alarm? Why not make it extremely loud and make the place into a Christmas tree with lights blinking everywhere? Wouldn't THAT make the robbers get the hell out of there fast? Silent alarms are just there so that the cops can get an arrest, it doesn't help you!
_aaaa (8 months ago)
Stun guns are fine, if someone is trying to punch you - not vs a deadly threat.
Areguil (8 months ago)
Wow... What happened to your beard? You look better with a beard.
Andy Plater (8 months ago)
new music is alright, could get used to it. I think part of the problem is people don't know the difference between police tasers and stun guns anyone could by (in the us).
Scott Fulps (8 months ago)
As always, a very informative and insightful video. Thank you, John and keep up the important work.
z d (8 months ago)
Doesn't help that she is a complete retard.
Chris Hanson (8 months ago)
Outro music doesn't fit. The old music had epic percussion and gravitas that suited the gravity of the topic. This music has a haunted circus in the hood feel. Hate it.
War Against Myself (8 months ago)
lmao at that little smack away at the tazer. He was just like get it outta here.
Sitting Bull (8 months ago)
What is that horrible noise at the end of the video?
Rough-Neck_Chauffeur (8 months ago)
Fuckin stupid !!! Just give him the money.... it's NOT WORTH DYING over 2 hundred dollars ...
SV 22 (8 months ago)
What happened to the beard? haven't been on this channel in so long
Julian 3 (8 months ago)
and yeah, the outro does sound like Funeral for Mario Brothers...
Julian 3 (8 months ago)
If that guy was serious, he would have slashed her after a couple of minutes, could have cut her arm and hand. Badly.
Soma noma (8 months ago)
Yeah but a panic gun could bring you an ambulance fastter
Soma noma (8 months ago)
Isn't this more of a reaction channel
Active Self Protection (8 months ago)
No, it's an education channel.
Meek Fellow (8 months ago)
Never bring a stun gun to a knife fight!
Johnnie Walker (8 months ago)
The outro music ain’t that bad reminds me of and old NES game like Castlevania.
Johnnie Walker (8 months ago)
Active Self Protection That’s a classic for sure brings me back to my childhood!!!
Active Self Protection (8 months ago)
Contra!
Daniel Rainey (8 months ago)
This is how I imagine a liberal would try and resist haha.
Spencer Harris (8 months ago)
The Stun gun and taser names should be switched...
Big Trizz (8 months ago)
You got rid of the beard John.
Chad moore Moore (8 months ago)
Go back to your usual outro music. Love your videos
Nick G (8 months ago)
This just annoyed me. He is more patient than me. He obviously really didn't want to hurt anyone.
Terminal (8 months ago)
Honestly I like the new outro music it's fitting.
NuttySlayer420 (8 months ago)
all i got to say is that lady is super lucky that guy didnt want to hurt anyone
Anth Tayler (8 months ago)
Outro music made me unsub
Active Self Protection (8 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT90D0GKZRM ;)
F BB (8 months ago)
The hell was that music lol, the other one i always associated with your channel. Either way always great content!
J V (8 months ago)
Double tap time.
cincinnati funk (8 months ago)
John I'll make you some music. anything u want. cincinnatifunk@yahoo.com.
Racist Yoda (8 months ago)
have you ever gotten shocked by a stun gun? that shit hurts and messes with your muscles for a bit
Active Self Protection (8 months ago)
We have them in our training center. They're meh.
unboxism (8 months ago)
Outtro volume too high.
Gregory Wagner (8 months ago)
Can you recommend the best OC spray or bear spray
Active Self Protection (8 months ago)
http://amzn.to/2Cy3UaN my favorite. FILTHY NASTY stuff.
Van Ivanov (8 months ago)
Tasers are pretty much the same, really. They talk up the "neurological pulses" scifi garbage, but the reality is that many people aren't bothered by them all that much. Same as with shock batons and stun guns. You should look at the clip where the kid was hit by three tasers, and didn't seem to care.

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