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January 28, 2016

I’d rather stop being a Notary than carry a gun

Notaries have very conflicting attitudes about carrying guns. Some are violently against it, while others just see guns as a fact of life. For people growing up in Haiti or Israel, there are people with machine guns everywhere. It is just a fact of life. But for Americans, guns are not so common unless you are a gangster, or drive a pick up truck in a red state. So, how can Notaries defend themselves?

(1) Some Notaries let their husband know where they will be and to call the police if they don’t hear back from them by a particular time.

(2) Other Notaries carry pepper spray. Pepper spray is nice because you don’t do any real harm to the victim. It is not expensive, and not difficult to use. Additionally, you can use it on dogs. In my experience, dogs are more of a realistic threat to Notaries (and mailmen) than humans

(3) Some Notaries always place themselves between the signer and the door so they can run if the going gets rough. You would be surprised how much anger the APR can cause!

(4) At 123notary, we recommend getting advanced training in Okinawan Japanese style Notary-jitsu. Notary-jitsu teaches you how to defend yourselves from the tactics of violent borrowers. You learn to protect yourself from knife attacks, beatings, and small dogs that say “yap.” Yes, this all-inclusive training could save not only your life, but your dignity.

(5) Having a gun. Guns are dangerous. If you use a gun, you will end up in court, and possibly in jail. I am not convinced that having a gun is a good idea, however, in dangerous areas, you might not have a choice. Even in “safe” areas, you could encounter trouble at any time. There are many psycho people out there. They don’t come out all at once — only when you are not expecting it. For some reason, our local taco place has the nicest employees, but the freakiest customers. I have had to call the police once, and on another occassion a woman was beaten so that the thief could steal her mobile phone and then casually walk away — not run, but walk away.

A gun could save your life in an emergency, but pulling a gun could also get you shot. If you can’t pull your gun in time, the gun won’t save you either. Or if someone has you at gunpoint, it is too late to draw. It is up to you to figure out what to do.

(6) Bringing a large flashlight
I used to have a huge flashlight with me when I was doing pizza delivery back in the day. Military flashlights are the only method for being able to read the numbers on someone’s house. They can also be used as a weapon. I used such a weapon to kill once. Don’t get your hopes up, the victim was a rat, not a human. The rat had invaded my bedroom and jumped into bed with me and then ran away. I cornered it and herioically bludgeoned it with a bash to its head. It was all over in a second. He/she felt no pain.

(7) If you were Crocodile Dundee you would bring a huge knife to the signing table. If the signer offered you an apple and was cutting it with a knife, you could say, “That’s not a knife — THIS is a knife!”

It is up to you what types of weapons you use. In my opinion, all women should know some type of self defence. If someone has you from behind, you should know how to stamp on their food and elbow them. You never know when trouble will come, but you should be ready.


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  1. My husband and I am a distributior of a less lethal type of self defense and it is more accurate than pepper spray. I carry this self defense myself, it is a pepper gun. It will shoot up to 23 feet and keep your assailant down for up to 45 minutes. it is not a gun and can be carried almost everywhere I would suggest checking with your local authorities or state but most of them do not see it as gun but as a defense. If you were interested in information please feel free to reach out to me at 361-960-5250 or our email is jpx pepgun.com. Check them out at http://www.piexon.com. We can ship anywhere.

    Comment by Margaret Hall — February 12, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

  2. In the last paragraph, stomping on the attackers “food” won’t do much good but a well placed round will do wonders. Pepper spray is not always affective. I carry a gun and have been trained well i.e… USMC!

    Comment by Sanford Small — February 12, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

  3. Depends on the state I guess. In TN the majority of rural people carry guns. I have a carry permit and training. Hope I never have to use it but trust it more than
    pepper spray or stomping on a foot.

    Comment by Kay Mullins — March 2, 2016 @ 6:22 pm

  4. A good self defense class is great. When asked to look at their etchings,photos etc tell them you are pressed for time and have to go to another assignment. It has been proved that people are more afraid of knives than guns or carry several box cutters or sheet rock knives -harder to snatched out of your hand. Or you can just make a fist and punch a fool in the throat. That works.

    Comment by Dan Serbin — October 30, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

  5. I would never use a gun….so I presume it depends on the area you work in ….pepper spray….a large flashlight (I carry the new Bell/Howell flash light…small fits in my purse and lights up an enormous area, flickers,…and can be used to hit with…however, I have been a signing agent for over 15 years and have never…I mean never had to defend myself in anyones home….I have been asked to look at this or that….and I will if in the kitchen, dining room…but never in a bedroom….always say I have another appointment directly afterwards….

    Comment by Ann Dye — October 30, 2016 @ 8:11 pm

  6. I love my gun. PERIODT!!!!

    Comment by WLA — May 18, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

  7. I grew up in a LEO household and respect the right to carry, but I choose not to. Personally I would never carry a gun into someone else’s home.

    Comment by Lynda Hughes — May 18, 2020 @ 8:34 pm

  8. you are delusional Jeremy. I dont have a husband either as you assume all notaries are female. I dont live in a red state or drive a pick up. your stereotyoing is atrocious but typical of a for so cal. (hows that for some sterotyoing)

    Comment by brad — May 18, 2020 @ 8:57 pm

  9. I carried a gun for 30 years in the Marines and have been armed everyday since. Never had to fire it but the majority of people that I do work for have guns and as was said once before, “An armed society is a polite society”. I once encountered a bear in a person’s driveway, lady said don’t worry that’s just Kathy!

    Comment by Shoshone — April 8, 2021 @ 7:20 pm

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