By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6
TULSA, OK - Tulsa hosted its first Taser party this week. It is not uncommon for women to have parties to sell jewelry and home decor, but something is new is taking their place. They focus on safety and sell Tasers, billed as protection that's non-lethal and easy to use. The News On 6 was at the party when two men volunteered to show the weapon in action.
The goal is to show even a big, strong young man can be incapacitated by a quick jolt from the Taser C-2. The Taser is actually not about administering pain because people react to that differently. It's about making the muscles contract so the threat stops.
It's called neuromuscular incapacitation and both men heartily agreed that it left them unable to move.
The idea is to have a weapon that gives you a way to distract the suspect long enough for you to escape.
"So, if I strike my attacker, he's coming at me and I deploy it and he locks in place, that's all we want. Throw it down and run off," said Blake Webster with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
If you fire your Taser, you should drop it and run and later file a police report. Taser will send you another one for free.
The woman, who hosted the party, got one for personal use and it made her feel so safe, she wanted to make them available to others. She believes just the threat of her Taser gave her protection recently in a parking lot.
"As he walked up to my window, he said, ‘I come in peace.' And, I said that's awesome because I have a Taser in my lap and he back up and said, ‘okay, now I'm afraid.' And I said, you're still in range and he said, ‘I'm really afraid.' And, I said, you should be, I will use it," said Lisa Hardin with Taser Safe Parties.
Party goers are encouraged to handle and shoot the Tasers at a target to get a feel for what it's like to discharge the 1,200 volt electrified hooks from up to 15 feet.
The Tasers cost $349. When it's sent to you, it's not activated. The company runs a criminal background check and then, it'll be activated. It's their way of trying to keep these out of the hands of criminals.
To host a Taser party or purchase a Taser, contact Lisa Hardin at 406 S. Boulder, Ste. 102, Tulsa, OK 74103 or call 477-9199 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.