What is the Difference between a Stun Gun and a Taser?
Stun gun, Taser, same difference. Not quite. A stun gun and a Taser, to most individuals, mean the same thing, but they actually quite a bit different. Yes, they both shock you, yes they both inflict pain but they do have some differences.
Neither of these devices are intended to do anything but get the perpetrator down on the ground, not kill them. So what is the difference between a stun gun and a Taser, exactly? Still not quite sure?
Stun Gun and Taser: The Shocking Difference
The word Taser is a name of a trademarked product that law enforcement officers use. They have been approved for use and they can be used from a significant distance. Tasers can be used up to 15 feet away from the perpetrator. A stun gun cannot be used from far away. You must have direct body contact with the suspect in order for it to be effective. Stun guns can be purchased in different shapes, sizes, and name brands. There is only one Taser, there are many stun guns. Make sense?
I Want One!
Ok, hold on there, there is some legality involved, depending on the state in which you live when it comes to owning a Taser or stun gun. It is perfectly legal to carry a stun gun or Taser as a method of self-defense. There are some states, however, that say it’s a no-no. These states are: Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. So no shocking anyone for their Packers jersey.
How do They Work?
Stun guns hurt. Plain and simple. They disperse a high-voltage current that will hurt the suspect tremendously. There is no permanent injury involved when using a stun gun, it is simply used as a method to stop the suspect in their tracks. The shock typically takes about 3-5 seconds to be effective when directed to specific areas of the body. You will want to focus on an area of the body where there are is a bundle of nerves such as the hips, neck, or stomach region.
One of the biggest difference between stun guns and Tasers, is that the goal of a Taser is not to inflict pain but to focus on the motor nervous system. A Taser attacks the motor nerves and sensory nervous system. Tasers have two 15 foot metal probes that disperse electrical impulses to these areas. It is not a pleasant experience by any means, but the goal of a Taser is not to cause physical agony.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Ok, so that makes sense, right? Here is the rundown of what we’ve covered:
- Taser is a name brand.
- Stun guns can be carried in most states. (no cheese heads)
- Stun guns hurt.
- Tasers are used by law enforcement only.
- Stun guns inflict pain, Tasers inflict the senses.
I hope the results are shockingly clear now.