Saturday, December 23, 2006

Legalize Stun Guns

The Gazette reports a story of a comedian from out of state who has been charged with possessing a stun gun in Michigan. This is the latest in a long string of incidents of out-of-staters running afoul of Michigan's ban on stun guns. Many Michiganders also probably don't know that this law even exists.

Williams faces up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine if convicted of possession of an illegal weapon. No trial date was set.
This is outrageous. This guy didn't hurt anybody, directly or indirectly. The last time I checked, real guns were still legal in Michigan. But a less-lethal alternative like a stun-gun is not.

This law needs to go. Stun guns should be legal in Michigan.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, what about this case:
http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=5778844

Or this:
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=30142&in_page_id=2

Those are isolated cases, but what about the over zealous police who use the Tazer instead of a gun? Isn't a gun enough protection? Considering they both have the ability to kill...

Anonymous said...

Eh. As long as you're killing communists, Allan doesn't much care.

Matt said...

Wouldn't common sense mandate that one would rather use a less-lethal device over one that is more-lethal for self-defense? That way you get the benefits of protection without the downside of having a greater chance of death. "Isn't a gun enough protection?" Yeah, they could also protect themselves with bazookas or assult rifles, but wouldn't we rather that they defend themselves with the least amount of foce necessary? If the police are as "over-zealous" as you say, wouldn't you rather they have something that is less lethal?

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