Recent reports state that 29 states plus are trying to push legislation that would make choking a felony offense (prior to this such attacks were usually classified as misdemeanor's and/or harassment). The recent change in law has netted 2000 new arrests in NYC alone.
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Overall I think this is great. We need to eliminate domestic abuse across the board, and though I have little faith in our judicial system, I am left to wonder where this leaves someone in a self defense scenario that utilizes a choke?
Using a choke to cut off the blood supply or air supply, resulting in the choked individual losing consciousness, is arguably the safest and most effective technique that can be utilized in a self defense situation. They can be used by smaller, weaker individuals to protect themselves. And if released immediately the receiver rarely suffers more then a sore neck and headache!
We must tread lightly how we lay down our laws, for the very legislature set forth to protect can very well turn around and bite the hand that created it! Food for thought;)