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Question #89320 posted on 04/12/2017 10:55 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Would you ever buy a stun gun?

Assuming you would, what brand/model would you get and what store would you buy it from?

-Occasionally Thinks About It

A:

Dear you,

As a guy, I would consider it depending on where I lived.

If I were a girl, I would almost certainly buy and carry a stun gun or pepper spray/mace or some other form of non-lethal self-defense item, regardless of where I lived.

It bothers me that that dichotomy exists. It bothers me a lot.

I can't offer any suggestions as to where I would purchase one or what model I might get as I have almost no familiarity with such items beyond knowing they exist and how they're used and what they're for. Sorry.

~Dr. Occam

A:

Dear Llama bad,

For sure. One time my family almost did. 

The backstory is: while living in South America, our house was robbed in the middle of the night, despite having a posted neighborhood guard*. Thankfully my dog woke up to scare them away and alert my dad, but it turns out that's a pretty traumatic event and things like stun guns help ease the resulting ever-present tension in the home. 

But I think we just ended up moving instead. Sorry to be boring. 

Take care,

-Auto Surf

*When neighborhood guard equals guy who you bribe not to let the hooligans know when you leave town, and if you don't pay him he returns the favor.