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The Truth is out There

As a member of the tech community, I like to see novel applications to practical life. Today I am focusing on self defense because a friend of mine just got mugged and felt completely helpless. I want to help him feel more secure so that he will leave the house at night once again. I know there is much to fear, but dire situations don’t happen to most of us. He felt that his was potentially life-threatening and he wants a legal way to defend himself next time. I volunteered to research his options. I wondered what was allowed locally even though it might be banned in other areas. I’d read a guide at https://www.selfdefenseguide.org/defending-yourself-legally/, but I needed to know more about what laws applied locally.

I called the Chamber of Commerce and was referred to City Hall. After going through a lot of ignorant people, I decided that my best bet would be the police department. I didn’t want to pay to consult an attorney. As it turns out, the clerk at the other end of the line was quite knowledgeable. While it is unlawful to carry an unregistered weapon, most other protective measures are allowed such as pepper spray, a knife, a stun gun or Taser, and a modern form of the old brass knuckles. Some of these items are technologically advanced. I even know of an incredible pop-open baton that is sturdy enough to knockout an assailant. The clerk thanked me for my inquiry and said it was an example of good citizenship to check first and not go off half-cocked and crazy. She mentioned that the victim must feel a need to fight back in the case of a mugging or other assault. You don’t want to be more aggressive than necessary, however, should you provoke more violence in retaliation.

She said that the police department holds community classes at the local high school to train people in basic maneuvers and how to use various implements, and you can find details of the events on Facebook. You have rights in many cases but the case of a “legal” shooting may draw criticism and would be carefully scrutinized. The victim must prove the need for drastic measures of self defense. The wrong actions can lead to your arrest and enormous legal fees. Plus, you may be subject to a civil lawsuit. You may be innocent in the eyes of the law but you have to convince a jury. Don’t feel that you can pull a trigger at the drop of a hat. In any case, the shooter’s gun will be confiscated and not returned until after an investigation. Decisions on this subject are not automatic.

Given this information and the words of caution, my friend decided not to carry a concealed weapon. He would be loath to use it and feel guilty if he killed someone, even a mugger. Many criminals are high on drugs and not conscious of their actions. Of course, they are not model citizens. This doesn’t mean you want to take drastic measures because you are angry.

Another Discovery

In spite of the world of innovation we live in, most people are not particularly technologically savvy. They don’t pay attention to the exciting things that are happening all around us, especially in the think tanks of innovation. They only know when the media pounds the appearance of the new. The average person goes through life mechanically using the fruits of the labor of the nerds of the world who are constantly upgrading the ordinary things we depend on. We have a lot to thank them for but we take it all for granted. We wait impatiently for the newest cell phones, laptops, tablets, and more. We want to be up to date and with it. We want to impress our friends. While the face of the world—houses, planes, cars, clothing, trains—have not changed, the world of electronics has undergone a major revolution. I love that I live in this era and am fully a part of it. I don’t want to be one of those people who loves to be old hat. It is exciting if you understand the technology and can follow the innovations. Because of the insatiable desire for the new, there will always be advancements at all times. We can’t even anticipate what is coming next! We will never tire of our gadgets, gear, and digital toys. It is a new kind of communication we seek that makes for global integration. We are more social then ever by keeping in constant contact with friends, family, and colleagues. Our lives are an open book to be shared with all.

Take something as mundane as a mere, ordinary battery. What a difference a lithium ion 18650 battery makes. I read about it here http://www.flashlightpro.net/best-18650-flashlights-and-best-18650-batteries/ It is rechargeable so it part of the ecological movement and it has been designed for all of our high drain electronics. It is better than the old models in every way. Even if you do use the newer battery just for your flashlight, you better get with it in other ways. You will notice the longer life and energy savings. So take a look at all your cordless appliances and make the change in the name of our planet. Who doesn’t believe in sustainability today? So if your old flashlight is passé, by all means get a new one that uses the 18650. There is a time to get rid of old standards and embrace modernity, even if it means a bit of outlay of cold hard cash. Keeping up with the times in my book is a personal obligation. I try to upgrade whenever possible and to be mindful of waste, recycling, landfill saturation, and more.

Most people don’t even know about these lithium ion rechargeable batteries and they stock up at the nearest discount store on the wrong thing. If this blog does nothing else, let it help you amend your ways. It is certainly not difficult to make the switch and become part of the savvy generation. Go to it!