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Thursday, February 14 2008 @ 02:44 AM GMT+4
Contributed by: Terry Martin

PoliceQUESTION: "Would state police think that Vermont was more or less safe if more individuals carried personal Tasers®? Is the law enforcement view that more personal protection makes us all safer or does it lead to even more accidents and injuries? Should more citizens take more of the law into their own hands? Thank you."

This is a very broad three-part question which I will answer in summary, but would encourage further dialog if needed, to more specific questions as it pertains to protecting one's self. Please allow me to answer Part III of this three-part question in that it may become more troubling - "... Should more citizens take more of the law into their own hands?" Absolutely NOT, though more citizens should become informed on their right to defend themselves, the limitations and the responsibility that comes with it.

Let's go back to Part I and then after answering Part II, I want to give a general summary of the subject at hand - "Would state police think that Vermont was more or less safe if more individuals carried personal Tasers®? ..." - In a word "NO." I think I can speak, not only for the State Police, but all of the Law Enforcement Community - While we firmly believe in the right of Citizens to defend themselves and their property and the "weapons" (like a personal Taser®) you may use, there is a lot to evaluate before using said weapons. If you choose to carry some type of personal defense weapon you better be trained in its use. Making Vermont safer would be best accomplished through Citizens attending Personal Safety Seminars to learn how to protect themselves in various situations.

Part II - "... Is the law enforcement view that more personal protection makes us all safer or does it lead to even more accidents and injuries?" While there are cases where someone wrongly injured or killed someone that they thought, say was a burglar breaking into their house and then found it was a family member coming home - There are more cases of prevention when there was a "question" as to whether or not a citizen had "personal protection" on their person or within their home.

In closing, as aforementioned, making Vermont safer would be best accomplished through Citizens attending Personal Safety Programs and Seminars to learn the proper way(s) to protect oneself. If a program is not available, then contact the local, county or state agency that provides law enforcement services to you and talk to their Crime Prevention Officer or Law Enforcement Officer to get answers to your questions.

 

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