Monday, October 29, 2007

Website Review: Pepper Spray, Stun Guns and Other Tools

A gentleman named Chris responded to the earlier post about the girl who defended herself by suggesting that pepper spray would also work.

It turns out that Chris sells pepper spray and related products through a website called He blogs on the subject of these weapons and related self defense issues here. I don't agree with him on many issues -- I don't think weapons are your most important line of defense, for example -- but he does have a perspective to offer if you're thinking about buying pepper spray or similar weapons.

I would not give pepper spray or any other weapon to a child for self defense. Some children might get silly and spray their friends. And it wouldn't be hard for a mugger to take the spray away from a child and use it against her or him.

However, for adults pepper spray and similar products can be useful self defense tools IF you know how to use them. These things are just like any other weapons -- useful tools in the right hands.

But just like guns, they can also do you more harm than good if you don't really know how to handle them. And if you're nervous, you might well use them in situations where they aren't required -- something that can get you arrested for assault.

So don't just run out and buy something. Read about the different products and see if they would make sense in your situation. Make sure they're legal in your jurisdiction -- some products aren't. Find out if the seller offers any training course on how to use it. And if you're the nervous type -- the kind of person who might spray an innocent bystander -- take a self defense class or do some other study to learn calmness before you buy any kind of weapon, whether it's pepper spray or a gun.

A weapon is only good for self defense if you know how to use it.

By the way, Chris, if you're reading this, please let me know if you offer any courses on how to use pepper spray and other products. I'll post the information on this blog.

1 comment:

DefendThyself said...

Hi Nancy:

Thanks for your comments. Obviously, giving pepper spray to a 5 year old is not a good idea. You would want to teach your teenagers that it can be used to help you when you feel your life is in danger. It's only a tool, and there are risks, though if your life is threatened, the rules go out the window and self survival is important.

Pepper sprays work and deter crime and attack, especially against women and the eldery. They give you the few seconds to get away, or to follow up with a stun gun.

We put together a basic video on YouTube of what pepper sprays look like and how easy they are to use, though it's not professional and I am getting flack from people who would rather complain about it than offer constructive criticisms.

We do offer a booklet called, "The Facts about Defense Sprays And How To Use Them To Bring Criminals To Their Knees (" It's $5 or we will include one with every Pepper Spray anyone from this blog cares to purchase, just mention the free offer when you check out.

Then we will put together a new video that will instruct you on how to use them correctly; thanks for the idea... Then we will let you know when they are ready...


Christopher Winkler