A gun is a effective piece of self-defense hardware and I think a device that any law abiding citizen should have the right to carry. If you are a senior citizen or female living alone and want to feel an extra sense of security without having to worry, a gun could certainly be exactly what you are looking for. However, before you decide to jump online and buy a gun, there are some things to consider first.
First and foremost you have to make sure that buying a gun and owning / carrying it is in fact legal in your area. Most states have no restrictions whatsoever on stun devices but 11 states do have some restrictions. Stun guns are completely illegal to buy, sell or own in the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. In Wisconsin and Illinois stun guns are legal but with certain restrictions. In those two states one needs to basically have a legal firearms license in order to purchase and carry a stun device. I don’t want to get away from the point of this article but it always fascinates me when I see a state that makes a non-lethal self-defense device, like a stun gun, illegal but owning a firearm that kills thousands of people a year completely legal with the proper identification and licensure.
Secondly, it is extremely important to remember that although stun devices were designed as a non-lethal and more humane alternative to firearms they still possess the ability to injure or even kill (although fatalities due to stun devices is extremely rare). Any self-defense device that is going to be effective is certainly going to come with an inherent safety risk or it wouldn’t be effective now would it? With that in mind you need to treat a stun gun with the utmost care. Certainly never let anyone else handle it and if I need to tell you to keep a stun device away from children than I pray that you will never own one in the first place. These devices are not nearly as dangerous as a firearm but they are certainly still dangerous and should be treated as such. At home, especially if there are others living with you, you should keep your stun device in a lock box but close enough to retrieve the device should an intruder enter your residence.
Finally, make sure you are practicing with your gun at the range, so that you can become a better (and safer shot).