The US Secret Service Director faced harsh criticism today from the House Oversight Committee, examining details of the security breach involving the man who made it into the White House with a knife on Friday night (9-26).
According to news reports, he jumped the White House fence and made it as far as the East Room. He passed or was near a stairwell that leads to the residence of the first family.
Different sources have different wording, but basically say that there was a “struggle”, and that he “knocked an agent down” who was attempting to manually lock a door. It’s said that door will lock automatically from now on.
According to Wikipedia and other sources, Secret Service agents carry a Sig Sauer P229, 357 caliber pistol. It’s a compact automatic handgun that’s easily concealed, and can be holstered in lot’s of places.
They also use a FN Five-seven pistol, along with shoulder weapons – FN P90 submachine gun, 9mm Heckler, Koch MP5 submachine gun, and the 12 gauge Remington 870 shotgun.
They also carry an ASP baton and OC pepper spray.
I found nothing mentioned about Stun Guns.
Stun Guns are easy to carry and use. Touching an attacker/intruder with the outer prongs will deliver a high voltage shock.
This shock is strong enough to go through clothes. A Stun Gun can also be fired multiple times before the battery needs recharging, in case there are multiple attackers.
It would have only taken slightly more than a 1/4 second shock to drop the white house attacker to the ground. A shock of about 3 seconds would have the attacker on the ground and unable to recover for up to 15 minutes.
That would be plenty of time to place him in handcuffs.
So, a Stun Gun would be a great non-lethal way for the Secret Service to instantly stop an attacker in this type of situation.