Considered non-lethal weapons, electroshock weapons stop assailants by disrupting the functions of surface muscles. Operating as high-voltage, low-current devices, stun guns are able to stop even the most determined attacker. The electroshock weapons can be highly dangerous in untrained hands despite being labeled as non-lethal weapons.
Why It Matters
- Stun guns are low ampere devices. Most stun guns deliver 1 to 2 milliamperes. This is significantly lower than the 1 ampere current needed to fatally injure someone.
- High voltage is needed in electroshock weapons to pass through heavy clothing and skin.
- Improper usage of these types of weapons have resulted in fatal injuries.
- Other variants of stun technology include stun belts, electroshock batons, and liquid-based electroshock weapons.
Using the information provided above, answer the following questions.
- Why do stun guns need to be low current instead of high current?
- How can a stun gun produce 1 million volts when it is only powered by a 9-V battery?
- Why does the voltage from a stun gun need to be high in order for it to be effective?