The bad guys have equal access to pepper spray and can and will use it instead of a deadly force weapon to commit crimes. This recently happened to two women in Los Angeles.
Residents in the upscale neighborhood of Brentwood are being warned after two women were recently attacked with pepper spray in the area.Police say one woman was returning her trash bin to the backyard when the man struck. He tried to pull off her ring, but she screamed and got away. Read More :Brentwood women targeted in pepper-spray attacks on trash day.
There may be some who will argue that pepper spray should be restricted. My belief is that thugs will use whatever they can to achieve their goal. Although getting sprayed with pepper spray is awful, full recovery is usually made within a few hours.Understanding the effects of pepper spray is always a good idea, even if you choose not to carry it. Knowing what happens when you are sprayed will not eliminate the effects, but it may allay the panic that often sets in. You may also be able to reduce pepper spray effects by following proper decontamination procedures. Hopefully these two ladies were able to recover quickly, and will carry some form of self defense of their own.
A few months ago, I had a 14 year old girl look at the selection of pepper spray I was selling and ask me, “Can’t the bad guys get this?”
I told her, yes of course, the bad guys can get this and use it to do bad things. The following story is one such example.
The homeowners, a man and woman in their 50s, were in bed sleeping when they were awakened and confronted by two men. One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other with pepper spray, said King County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West. Both robbers had their faces concealed. One robber sprayed the husband in the face with pepper spray and then rifled through drawers in the bedroom as the other suspect held the couple at gunpoint. Read More: Victim Pepper-Sprayed in Redmond Home Invasion
Like anything, the bad guys will always find a way to get what they need to do bad things. Unfortunately for these homeowners, they chose pepper spray. But on the flip side, fortunately for these homeowners, pepper spray is non-lethal. They may have lost their possessions, but at least the criminals did not use their guns, and the homeowners did not lose their lives.