While you certainly want to protect yourself and your family in the case of someone entering your home to do harm, gun ownership isn’t a practical or ideal choice for all families. If your personal political beliefs or discomfort with owning a gun is an issue or you simply prefer non-lethal forms of protection, there are many items on the market designed to do just that. While many of these items will still harm an attacker in order to halt or stun them, they are not going to kill those trying to harm you or harm any innocent bystanders close by.
If you are confronting an individual that might have a gun in their possession, a personal ballistic shield can stop a bullet from most gun types from reaching you. This is a great tool for allowing all members of your family to protect themselves and for shielding yourself while you close in on an attacker with a more offensive form of protection.
Probably one of the most popular non-lethal protection items out there, pepper spray is a great way to protect yourself from an attacker that is up to 10 feet away. All you need to do is unlock and press on the spray trigger to temporarily blind and cause pain intense enough to stop your attacker in their tracks.
Like pepper spray, a stun gun is an effective means of protecting yourself against threats that are at a close distance away. They work by delivering an extremely painful but non-lethal shock when in contact with an assailant.
Unlike a stun gun that requires close contact to shock a home invader, a taser can often shoot at distances of at least 15 feet. They have an appearance closer to that of a gun and often include a magazine battery and a trigger.