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.