Stun guns use a high voltage current that is activated by the user when an attacker or aggressive person is physically threatening the person with the stun gun.
Stun guns generally have two contact points that are used to deliver the voltage to the attacker. In most stun guns, the contacts must be held in touch with the skin for at least a few seconds in order to produce a response from the attacker. Most stun guns on the market will go through clothing and don’t have to be held against the attacker’s skin.
When a stun gun is used for personal defense, the owner pushes a button to start the electrical current when an attacker comes too close.
Stun guns can be used to shock the attacker, causing a startled reaction, giving the owner a chance to get away from the attacker before any other aggressive actions are taken. In some cases, the stun gun causes a more dramatic reaction from the attacker.
The severity of the reaction a person has when shocked with a stun gun, varies depending on the voltage of the device and the amount of time it is held against the person’s skin or clothing. Thicker clothing can mean a less severe reaction or one that takes much longer to be felt.
When a stun gun is activated, the current passes from the stun gun, into a person’s body, affecting the person’s nervous system. The current then enters the muscles, causing much of the reaction that is felt. A person who receives a shock from a stun gun will have an immediate reaction. This reaction causes the muscles to move rapidly, resulting in a gyrating, seizure-like reaction in the attacker. The more intense the shock, the more the muscles react and the harsher the reaction in the rest of the body.
Being in contact with the stun gun’s voltage for seconds will cause the attacker’s muscles to react violently enough to use up its store of blood sugar. This is what causes the attacker to lose the ability to move, This involuntary lack of movement is where this device gets its name. If the shock is more intense or lasts for a longer period of time, it will cause the attacker to lose consciousness.
A shock, a stun or loss of consciousness, will not cause any permanent bodily damage to an attacker. The effects of the voltage only last for a few minutes or less. This brief reaction time gives the stun gun owner time to get away from a dangerous situation and get to safety.
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