Archive for April, 2010

Can my 18-year-old Daughter Carry Pepper Spray on her Keychain?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 22 April, 2010

I think I’ll dip into the Google keyword phrase hits again today for the following:

- Can my 18-year-old daughter carry pepper spray on her keychain?

- Can you get expelled for having pepper spray?

Although pepper spray and Mace defensive sprays are legal in all 50 States, some specific locations, cities or states have regulations on to the purchase, possession and use of Aerosol Defense Sprays. For general guidance, please see our pepper spray laws page, if you have specific questions you should contact your local Police Department, campus security office or other authorities.

Aerosol Self-Defense Sprays are meant for defensive purposes only and can only be sold to or generally used by persons 18 years of age or older.

Many federal buildings, local court rooms, school districts, airports and other facilities have additional strict policies on possession of weapons and self-defense products, even if the use and carry is allowed in that particular city or state.

Unfortunately, even law abiding citizens carrying self-defense products for defensive purposes are labeled as bad guys if you wander into one of these locations and forget you have a 1/2 oz. pepper spray on your key chain.

Which brings up an interesting Catch 22.

Now your 18-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school, is not allowed to carry a pepper spray keychain to high school, which she wants to protect herself from robbery, abduction, rape or worse while walking home.

See Also: Student expelled for eyebrow shaver in purse and Two teen girls arrested in accidental pepper spray discharge.

Perhaps your 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college may be allowed to carry pepper spray, depending on the rules, regulations, and how forward thinking and safety concerned her college campus security is.

See Also: Pepper Spray Allowed on Portland State University Campus.

In any case, if either the 18-year-old high school senior or college freshman pulled out her keychain pepper spray at Columbine High School or Virginia Tech and stopped a shooting massacre, they would be considered a hero. That is unless the school continued to enforce the zero-tolerance weapons on campus policy… Like they did when they suspended that 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York who had a 2-inch pocket knife stashed away in the trunk of his car in the school parking lot with some camping gear back in October 2009. Excessive much?

Can you imagine the headines: Female Teen Thwarts Shooting Spree at Local High School, Gets Suspended for Carrying Pepper Spray on School Grounds?

teen girl with backpackI still wonder how many sex offenders would think twice before attempting to snatch a 12 or 13-year-old kid on the street if there was a chance that the child was taught how to responsibly use and carry a simple keychain pepper spray? I mean what do they have to lose now? The kids are defenseless to a 40 or 50-year-old grown man.

I feel like I need to do a Jaime Oliver: Food Revolution like TV show. Rob Cook: Self-Defense Revolution has a cool ring to it…

As I’ve said before, I’m not talking about arming a bunch of kids and letting them duke it out, or spray it out on a whim. Before someone goes all liberal on me, children or teenagers can be responsibly taught incremental self defense concepts over the course of their entire schooling. I’d see no problem with a responsible 14-year-old girl carrying a key chain pepper spray after being taught how, when and why to use it.

If we can hand out condoms during sex ed. in middle school, why not pepper spray and self defense during phys. ed?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Does Mace work on Geese?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010

I monitor which keyword phrases produce hits to the blog off of Google for SEO. Every now and then I get an unusual phrase showing up that directs a Google visitor to the site. So far this week, the best one was “Does Mace work on Geese?”

I’ll have to admit, I never really thought about using pepper spray on a goose. I do have several geese living at our pond. We start out with our regularly returning goose family at the beginning of each spring, and they hatch about a 1/2 dozen chicks (which grow very fast in to fully grown geese). Then by the end of the summer, there are several other geese attracted to the pond. I haven’t ever counted, but we end up with a well over 50 goose gaggle.

I’m not going to go out and hose one down with pepper spray to see what happens. I don’t want a goose-hugging hippy PETA agent on me, and I like my geese as I have never been attacked by one. But I’d have to make the educated conclusion that – Yes, Mace and pepper spray would in fact affect a goose, if you are being attacked by one.

Pepper Spray is an inflammatory agent, when someone – human, canine or bird is sprayed with OC pepper spray, they would become temporarily blinded by the burning spray dilating the capillaries in their eyes. Additionally, if the target is capable of breath, the breathing tissues suffer instant inflammation, restricting all but life support breathing, as well as causing nausea and the target to cough uncontrollably.

So pepper spray should have little to no effect on a vampire or zombie goose, but a regular old Canadian goose would have a rough time.

The problem with pepper spraying an aggressive goose is that their heads are very small compared to a human. If you have a stream spray pattern on your pepper spray, you will find it extremely difficult to hit the target goose in the face. You would be much better equipped with a fogging model, which requires you to be less pin-point accurate.

It seems if there appears to be a goose attack epidemic somewhere requiring Mace, Alfred Hitchcock’s estate should be notified that The Birds may be ready to get remade into The Geese… I guess it could happen.

Have you ever been attacked by a goose?

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Assault and Battery, Weapon Type: Other (4-foot python)

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 14 April, 2010

29-year-old Tony Smith was arrested last night for assault and battery at a hotel in Rock Hill, SC. Apparently the victim of the assault, 47-year-old Jeffery Culp had asked the suspect to turn down the loud music in his room previously that night. Words were exchanged and eventually turned into Culp getting smacked across the face with the head of Smith’s 4-foot python. (Snake whipped?)

When the cops showed up, Smith was found on the balcony still holding the weapon in question, his pet snake in his arms. I’m sure the snake wasn’t too happy being used as a blunt striking weapon. Can you give snakes aspirin for headaches?

Smith handed off the snake to a family member and was arrested. The police report classified the weapon type as Other. I suppose they don’t get snake assaults often enough to warrant that specific of a weapon type as a common listing…

It was not reported if the victim was actually injured during the attack or otherwise traumatized by the incident. It was also not reported what kind of music was blasting in the room in question? Perhaps some old school Whitesnake?

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