I found a post over at MadOgre (pepper popper) that I thought needed my two cents. Ogre discusses the effectiveness of pepper spray to halt a violent attack. (You should read his post first) Let me start by saying that pepper spray is not an alternative to a deadly weapon. Pepper spray may or may not give you the time you need to get away, but it is in no way a substitute for deadly force. Law enforcement uses it as a tool in conjunction with other tools. The use of force continuum that is adhered to by most law enforcement agencies states that you meet force with equal or greater force. That means that if someone threatens you with a deadly weapon, you use a weapon of equal or greater lethality, not a non-lethal alternative. You don’t get extra points is the hereafter for getting killed being politically correct. If you want to use pepper spray as part of your defense that’s great. Pepper spray is acceptable when being threatened with physical force. It is not acceptable force in a situation where a bad guy (or girl) is willing to take your life for your wallet, car, or personal possessions. It is also not an acceptable response to an attempt to violate your bodily orifices (at least in Texas, check your state statutes to see how much of a victim your state is willing to let you be.) I have seen too many offense reports where subjects were to drunk, high, or mentally unbalanced to have the desired response to being pepper sprayed or Tased. Do not confuse less lethal techniques with self defense.
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