A 14-year-old juvenile delinquent thought it would be funny to discharge a canister of pepper spray in a classroom in Arizona last week. Needless to say, he ended up arrested for disorderly conduct, reckless discharge of a dangerous instrument and disrupting an educational facility. I bet he is very popular with the girls.

The Cottonwood Police Department reported that around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, the suspect and two accomplices entered a classroom occupied by a teacher and other students. The three immediately became disruptive, and while the other two suspects shielded the third, he set off a can of pepper spray. He then proceeded to burst out in laughter.

The 14-year-old male, who speaks almost no English, stuttered out something resembling that it smelled bad in here and everyone should leave the room. By this time, the teacher and other students in the Mingus Union High School classroom were already coughing, choking and evacuating the scene. Funny guy indeed.

Unfortunately, it is the few stories like this that give pepper spray, stun guns, tasers and other self defense weapons a bum rap. It is a ‘better’ news story when something bad happens. If this was a story about a 14-year-old girl who fended off a rapist with a keychain pepper spray, it would make the news, but it would not gain the notoriety as some jackass being stupid.

Some people are again going to be outraged about the dangers of non-lethal self-defense weapons and the risks posed by them. They will again bring up the Taser related death count. They will want to ban pepper spray, stun guns, Tasers, handguns, machetes, baseball bats, lead pipes, ice picks, pieces of chain, nylon rope and a whole other slew of potentially dangerous objects that may have injured someone in a movie they heard about.

They won’t care about the tens of thousands of law abiding men, woman and children who have protected themselves or loved ones with some sort of self defense mechanism. So what do we actually accomplish by gun control laws or prohibition of self defense weapons? It makes it impossible for law-abiding citizens to easily carry a useful self-defense weapon.

What do gun control laws or prohibition of self defense weapons mean to non-law abiding criminals? Oh yea, they do not care. They will still get weapons if the want them, seeing that they do not follow the rules anyways. Be it a stun gun, handgun or a makeshift club made out of a three-inch tree branch. You lose.

If you are that deluded that the police will be able to patrol 100% of every square inch of your town, 100% of the time, you are sadly mistaken. By the time the cops show up, if you were even able to call them before something happens, you would be too late. A lot of bad things can happen in the 90 seconds to 10 minute response time. Nevertheless, you can wait it out if you’d like. I wouldn’t recommend it however…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?
Yours in safety,
Rob

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