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Women’s Self Defense

Just ran across this story about women’s self defense and I thought I would share it with you:

On Tuesday night, I was leaving the supermarket and getting into my car at about 8:30 p.m. when a man approached me and forced his way into the car. I had just loaded my groceries and was getting ready to start the car when I saw him through the corner of my eye. I tried to close the door shut but it was too late.

He jumped in the car and was sitting on the driver’s seat with me, pushing me, pulling my hair, and shouting at me to move over. I fought back as hard as I could – yelling, shoving him out, honking the horn, trying to key him in the eye, and luckily I had pepper spray on my key-chain that I sprayed at him. The guy eventually got back out of the car and took off running. He got in a truck with another guy and they sped away. I was in a well-lit spot in the parking lot – just 3 or 4 spots from the entrance to Target. Despite my honking and yelling, no one came to help.

Thank God that I am fine – just a few bumps and bruises, and I managed to get away, but I hate the thought that somebody else would not be that lucky. This guy is still out there, and I’m sure he’s not the only crazy that would do something like he did. Please be careful and please be aware! Don’t ever think you’re being overly cautious. Had I been less aware, this guy may have accomplished what he intended to do, and I don’t even want to think of the possibilities. We hear of this stuff happening, and I know I sort of had the attitude that, yes, it happens, but it won’t happen to me. I learned the hard way that it can happen to anyone in any place – there are some terrible people out there. Janice, Austin, Texas.

This story demonstrates how important it is to be aware of your surroundings. This guy approached her car and she didn’t even see him until it was too late. Also notice how she honked her horn and made noise and nobody came to her assistance? When it comes to personal protection, we are all on our own. The police aren’t always going to be around and bystanders often are too afraid to help. Luckily she had some pepper spray to fight the guy off.

If our society wasn’t so paranoid about private citizens carrying guns, someone in that parking lot might’ve been packing and could have put an end to this thing even quicker. Food for thought.

Pepper Spray Defense

So recently, on Fox News, Megan Kelly said that pepper spray was “…basically a food product.” Well, this apparently set off a major uproar among some in the media, and so called civil libertarians. So, lets take a closer look and analyze her comments for accuracy, shall we?

She says “…it’s a derivative of actual pepper, it’s a food product essentially.”

OK let’s take a look at the first part;

“…it’s a derivative of actual pepper…”.

Well, modern pepper spray is made from a compound called OC. (Oleoresin Capsicum)

  • Capsicum is the genus of plants that pepper spray is made from.
  • Oleoresin is a naturally occurring mixture of oil and a resin extracted from various plants.
  • Capsaicin is a colorless, pungent crystalline compound that is derived from capsicum and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.

All hot peppers contain Capsaicinoids. Capsaicin, the strongest and most commonly mentioned of the Capsaicinoid family, is so hot that a single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will produce a blistering of the tongue. It’s pretty clear that OC pepper spray is made from hot pepper plants.

So are we in agreement that pepper spray is a derivative of pepper? If you said yes, congratulations, you’re ready for lesson number two.

In the second part of her statement she says, …”it’s a food product essentially.” OK, I feel silly even having to point this out, but if it means educating some obtuse, reprobates, well I’m all to happy to be of service.

For thousands of years, peppers have been used to add flavor and spice to bland and boring foods. The Aztecs discovered chilies in the wild and began cultivating them almost 6,000 years ago. The Mayan Indians cultivated hot chili peppers and also used them to add flavor to food. Both the Aztecs and Mayans also realized that by burning large quantities of hot chili peppers, they were able to weaponize it to ward off enemies with the smoke. (The first pepper spray?).

Peppers are used today to spice up certain foods to add flavor. Red peppers, green peppers, jalapenos and habaneros are just a few of the many peppers used in food today.

So, it looks like Megan Kelly’s comments are in fact accurate and pepper spray is in fact a food product.
Those of you who would argue otherwise are being disingenuous. (That means liars, for those of you who don’t own a thesaurus.) Pepper spray does produce some discomfort and can be pretty painful. However, its completely free of long term problems and is a great way for cops to deal with miscreants who have nothing better to do than to disrupt the live of normal people.

When Megan Kelly makes a statement calling pepper spray a food product it gives the impression that pepper spray is natural and therefore relatively harmless, which it is! This does not fit the agenda that the Occupy Wall Street Types and their enablers in the Media try to project. They want to convince people that the police are bad and their use of pepper spray is cruel and inhumane. If that is your argument, than make that argument. Give us a well thought out argument why you believe the police are overreaching their authority. Don’t try to mislead people into believing the tactics (in this case pepper spray) used by police are inhumane. Pepper spray can sting, induce coughing and cause temporary blindness. However it has exactly zero permanent or long-term effects.

Get your facts right and make a legitimate argument supporting your position and maybe, just maybe, you might not look so foolish.

Give ’em a Mace shower!

As police in Riot gear all across the country start to clean up the stench that is Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Main Street/Occupy who knows what, the usual degenerates are starting to complain that the police are overstepping their bounds. The usual cries of police brutality however, are falling on deaf ears. Authorities in nearly every city have given the protestors common courtesies that even taxpayers aren’t privy to. They have been bent over backward to accommodate these leeches.

Now, after months of rapes, muggings, drug use, stabbings, shootings, defecating on police cars, littering, and general uncleanliness, the public has had enough. Municipalities have been under pressure to evict these miscreants and reclaim public land.

Along with the evictions came repeated warnings and deadline after missed deadline to vacate the premises. Yet after the ninth or tenth warning and deadline change, police started to move in.

All of this brings me to my point; The UC Davis protesters. Apparently there were complaints of police brutality, and over reactions. However, an interesting You Tube video shows that the police gave repeated warnings that they were going to clear the area. When I say repeated, I mean several, not just one or two. And when police finally converged on the protestors, they did so at a snails pace, allowing the protestors ample time to leave without any consequences, avoiding a potential mace bath.

The protestors were shown on TV from coast to coast with hands locked while police used mace on then to force them to disperse. The video shows how patient the officers were and how many chances the protestors were given.

These protestors have a right to free speech and to petition their government with their grievances. However, this is not what they were doing. The point of their protests was to provoke the police. When the police didn’t respond violently, the protestors simply “invented” a new reality and complained of police brutality anyway. Their enablers in the media gave their claims credibility.

These people are the dregs of our society and probably deserved the mace shower. At least it was a shower, something they probably hadn’t had in some time. We as a society shouldn’t tolerate this type of behavior. These people aren’t victims when they incite police, then act surprised when the police respond. The Occupy Whatever crowd are a bunch of lazy, dirty, socialist leeches who refuse to do anything other than try to take the fruits of other people’s labor. They deserve nothing more than a mouth full of mace!

A stupid criminal and a Taser are introduced

File this under “ask and you shall receive.” Police in Pierson, Florida honored a criminal’s unusual request on December 5th. Darrel Horne, 28 was apprehended for grand theft and resisting arrest when he said to cops, “Taser me. Taser me, bro,”. Volusia County police gladly accommodated the mental giant who later thanked them for their efforts. As if that wasn’t strange enough, Horne was naked when he was arrested.

The whole episode started when Horne and a friend stole a boat after the truck they were driving ran out of gas, police said. You gotta love their resourcefulness, makes perfect sense, after all with gas prices at or near all-time highs its cheaper just to get another mode of transportation.

Apparently their out-of-the-box thinking knows no bounds. According to police, “… there were no paddles in the boat, so the men found a piece of wood to use.” When police arrived at the scene and ordered the pair back to shore, Horne demonstrated his displeasure by cursing at the deputies, disrobing, and diving into the water.

Let this be a lesson for all who criticize police when they use a Taser on a criminal; most of the time they asked for it, in this case literally!

All joking aside, Tasers are one of the most effective weapons an officer has at his disposal and are far safer than the use of a firearm. Sure there have been some deaths associated with Tasers, but the vast majority of those cases involved victims who were under the influence of cocaine. Studies have shown that the presence of cocaine in the body magnifies the effects of a Taser. Also, let us not forget that in cases where suspects simply complied with police, the number of Taser related deaths are zero.

Tasers are also becoming popular with the general public for personal protection; the Taser C2 is the civilian version that continues to sell well in states where they are legal. Tasers are one of the fastest growing self defense products on the market.The debate will continue on whether Tasers should be used by police, but there is no doubt that they are less lethal, and therefore safer than firearms.

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