When you hear the words ‘self defense’ there are a few images that may come to mind. Even though I have been in the business of non-lethal self-defense products for many years now I still hear those words and picture someone doing karate. The words are pretty self explanatory though, self defense is simply the act of defending one’s self. I think everyone should have a plan for defending themselves and in my humble opinion I think any of these ways should include being as humane to your fellow man as possible and should by all means be non-lethal. I don’t want to be responsible for taking the life of another regardless of the circumstances. I believe everyone should have some means of defending themselves at all times but at the same time I truly believe in the motto ‘live and let live’. As such I always make sure I’m carrying some tool of non-lethal self-defense on my person at all times and more often than not this tool is pepper spray.
Pepper spray is immensely effective at stopping an attack. In fact some police studies have shown that pepper spray can be every bit as effective as some handguns and unlike a handgun it can stop an attack without sending another human being to the hospital or morgue. Why should we care so much about the well-being of someone who has just tried to attack us when that person obviously doesn’t have the same regard for our life or well-being? How about because we can be the better man (or woman) and show compassion for others even if they might not show the same compassion and humanity for us. Also people can change and some criminals can be rehabilitated and we should perhaps give people a second chance to redeem themselves, a little difficult to do if you’ve just been shot in the head. For example, let’s say some poor guy who is really down on his luck finds himself strung out on drugs and to get his next fix decides to snatch a purse. This gentleman is breaking the law and should certainly be punished but does he deserve to die or even be permanently wounded? I don’t feel he does.
Aside from the moral aspects of choosing pepper spray over other forms of self-defense it is just a weapon that is ideal for any god-fearing, law-abiding citizen in that it is not only effective but easy to carry and extremely easy to use without any formal training. So for all of these reasons I hope that the next time you are considering an item of self defense that you make it pepper spray.
Carl Vouer is a proud distributor of non-lethal self defense products and home security systems.