Self Defense, Corrections, and How to Carry Your Keys

So, I started a podcast. The first episode was me interviewing my dad about self defense. He’s taught self defense to civilians and law enforcement in the past and he was nice enough to answer questions from people on the internet.

If you want the full experience, you’ll have to listen to the podcast as this is meant to be an accompaniment, not a transcript. (The podcast is also called The Occasional Meatcleaver. I will provide a link at the end of this blog post.) There were a couple things that were either confusing to try to explain without a visual or things I learned needed a correction. That is what I will be covering here.

Corrections: In the interview, my dad said he thought civilians were not allowed to own tazers in many places, I was also under this impression until I talked to my brother, who works as a security guard and is currently a reserve police officer. He carries a trader regularly and was much more knowledgeable about them. Laws differ from state to state, but tazers are in fact legal to own most places. Some areas require classes or permits and some don’t so be sure to look up laws in your area if this is something you’re interested in.

You can even get law enforcement quality tazers, tazers with 4 probes instead of 2, and tazers that will automatically call 911 if deployed depending on how much you are willing to pay.

Tazers are, according to my brother, the best non-lethal option for incapacitating assailants. If they connect properly, they will render the person unable to fight at all. Just remain vigilant in case the probes get caught on loose clothing or the wires break, in which case the tazer will be ineffective.

How to Carry Keys for Self Defense:

Don’t do this:



This is better:


Here’s the link if you haven’t heard the podcast:

Stay safe, and feel free to ask more questions! Happy to do a follow up.

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