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I received a email today saying the best 'spay' for self defense is wasp spray. The person recommending it says that it will shoot 20-30 feet and will blind the person until they get treatment. Plus nobody would think twice about a can
I received a email today saying the best 'spay' for self defense is wasp spray. The person recommending it says that it will shoot 20-30 feet and will blind the person until they get treatment. Plus nobody would think twice about a can sitting on your desk or in your car.
So what do you think? I think that it is a great idea but I am not sure about the legal ramifications.
I think it depends. Women have actually been prosecuted for using Mace or Pepper Spray. Not that you shouldn't have it, I think they are a good idea. But, some rapists have claimed they did nothing and were attacked by a woman with a can of Pepper Spray. Some of the women, especially if there was "no evidence" of sexual assault (which makes me crazy, a woman has to PROVE she was assaulted by actually being harmed?) were prosecuted for Assault.
Wasp sprays are usually very potent pesticides. They can cause long term health problems if breathed or sprayed into the mouth, eyes or nose.
I'd think twice about it. As much as a woman assaulted would want to maybe blind the rapist, it might actually cause her to be the one with more legal troubles.
Sadly, this country doesn't prosecute sex crimes well, and a woman could end up with a fine or even jail time for "assault" with a toxin like wasp spray. The thing about Pepper Spray is they are formulated not to cause "permanent harm." Same reason REAL Mace is not legally available. It's toxic as well.
I'm not saying I agree, just the way our laws are set up.
I think if someone broke into you HOUSE, and tried to assault you, you'd have a much better chance of not being tried as the aggressor, than if you were carrying it around in your purse. Breaking and entering, itself is a crime, and you have legal right to defend your property (more than you have legal right to defend your BODY, believe or not) so I'd say it would be less of a problem in your home.
Maybe Sex,Lies and Law would know, this contributor is a law student.