Do you have a gun? This is invariably one of the most frequent-asked questions once a person becomes aware of our cruising plans. I must say that most of our friends think we should carry a gun onboard for defense purposes, and some are even incredulous that we are not planning to do so.
Why don’t we? Well, there are a number of reasons. First of all, I’ve never had a gun on land for protection, so I don’t see any compelling need to buy one now. I have no scruples about having a gun for protection. I am all in favor of the rights to own guns for self-protection. I’ve just never desired to have one for myself. The cruising life is at least as safe as living a land based life when it comes to crime.
What about Pirates?! Well, first of all we are not planning on frequenting pirate infested waters. The cruising community is quite aware of the areas in which piracy is a concern (and there are very few). On the miniscule chance I am attacked by pirates, I don’t thing me and my handgun will provide adequate firepower to confront several well-armed pirates. (If you’ve seen Captain Phillips you’ll understand.) I’m not sure a gunbattle would end in my favor.
What about protection from an intruder? Well, when I will need protection from an intruder most, I likely would not be able to have my gun. Out on the open water, intruders are of little concern. In port, in foreign countries, they may be, but… upon entering any foreign country, one must surrender his guns and ammunition upon checking in. To conceal them from authorities may result in sitting in some damp, rat-infested third world jail for a long time. No, thanks!
Having said all that, we are taking some steps to secure our safety while cruising. I’ve just bought a wireless motion-sensing alarm system that makes an ear-piercing scream when triggered. This will hopefully scare off any intruders before I would have to deal with them. If not… plan B!
Several months ago, we purchased a taser which fires from a range of up to 15 feet and may also be used up close to disable an attacker. Their is a red laser which shines on the intruder to assist the aim. The probes will deliver 5000 volts of electricity that will disable the intruder/attacker long enough to either get away or take secondary steps.
Secondary steps may involve such things as several home run swings with my baseball bat.
Here is a video of Cindy practicing with our C2 Taser gun.
My cruising future is not clouded with fear for our safety. We are taking what I believe are prudent steps to protect ourselves as we enjoy our adventures. We’ll be cautious, but won’t let fear paralyze us and our enjoyment of God’s great creation.