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Old 07-19-2012, 07:20 PM #17
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I was pissed at my neighbor's friend who sped up and down our private road despite complaints. One night after he blew by my house I hit his side mirror w/my 100mw greenie from 100 yds or so and my neighbor said that the guy had to sit there for 30 seconds or so before he could see well enough to drive. So I suppose any advantage is better than none and if someone was in your face a couple passes across the eyes might provide an opportunity to skedaddle on outta there...
That is an unbelievably DUMB thing to do.

Yes, what he did is wrong, but what you did is even worse! He can file assault charges against you now.

Install speedbumps, call the cops, sue the guy. DON'T SHINE A LASER AT HIM.


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Default Re: Legality of laser for self-defense/deterrent?

In my view, carrying a gun has disadvantages that laser pointers don't. For example, accidentally shooting yourself, or someone else. There are more than 1000 accidental gun-related deaths a year. Of course, you'll call the guys who do it "idiots" but it is an inherent risk of walking around with a gun in your pants. In addition you have to live with less-accidental cases where people lose their tempers or becoming emotionally out of control and use their gun in situations that don't justify it. You'll also end up with more cases like Travyon Martin's if more people walk around armed.

I've been thinking about this and I'm in favour of carrying a laser pointer around as non-lethal self-defense rather than a gun.

The recent Aurora shootings case and ensuing gun-control debate comes to mind. I hear the pro-gun side saying "If there was a legal gun-carrying citizen in that theatre, he could take down the gun-man before so much carnage could have happened". But I think that's the realm of Hollywood rather than reality. Incapacitating a single moving kevlar-coated target in a dark theatre is not something I think most gun-owners could achieve. The chances of hitting someone who wasn't the gun-man is higher. In addition, imagine there are 4 or 5 gun-carrying citizens and they all pull out their guns and start shooting at the "gun-man" in the dark. What kind of carnage would ensue? You can't tell who's the gun-man and who's the "law-abiding citizen". You'll also end up with a blood-bath and a field day for the lawyers.

In addition having a large portion of the populace walking around carrying guns, as previously mentioned, you're going to end up with more accidental and hi-emotion gun-case related injuries and deaths.

However, imagine that instead of having 4 or 5 people carrying guns, that they carry non-lethal laser-pointers as self-defense instead. The gun man would be targetted in the face by 4 or 5 lasers which could much more easliy be done in the low-light (compared with guns) with no serious risk to by-standers. I think he would have been incapacitated rather quickly without extra loss-of life and without the extra risk or dangers that guns pose. His kevlar wouldn't have helped him at all either.
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Default Re: Legality of laser for self-defense/deterrent?

here in indianapolis a man was trying to rob a store with a gun...one of the employees had his carry permit and shot/killed the bad guy....no one else was harmed....i think in the movie case anybody with a gun could have saved the lives of lots of people....if he came in and started getting shot at he might have turned and ran
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