North Dakota Pepper Spray Shortage
An interesting story appeared recently about a spike in self defense product sales related to a kidnapping case. Many local residents say they no longer feel safe and don’t want to rely on the local cops for protection. Good call!
DICKINSON, N.D. – Self defense products are becoming a hot item among women in western North Dakota’s booming oil patch, as a growing population and the violent abduction of a Montana woman have heightened fears about violence.
“My pepper spray, my stun guns, my handguns – I can’t keep them on the shelves,” Dickinson pawn shop manager Raymond Gentry told the Dickinson Press. “A year ago, where a handgun might stay in my case for two months, now I’m lucky to keep that gun in the case 48 hours.”
Other businesses also say sales of personal protection products started rising along with the area’s population. All of this culmenated with the arrest of two men on kidnapping charges in the disappearance of Sidney high school teacher Sherry Arnold, who is presumed dead.
Ray resident R.H. Jungemann bought a key alarm at a recent home party that offered self-defense products.
“What happened in Sidney is a little too close to home,” she told the Bismarck Tribune.
Jungemann, a jogger, also has a concealed weapon permit but said the key alarm is more practical.
“I’m not going to run with a pistol,” she said. “This gives me a little feeling of safety, but not enough to let my guard down. I’m always conscious of the trucks in town.”
Watford City Police Chief Slade Herfindahl said he has seen an increase in the number of women applying for concealed weapon permits since Arnold’s disappearance. However, he and others in the law enforcement community say there has not been a documented spike in strangers committing crimes against women.
“I won’t pooh-pooh things. There are a lot of scary-looking men around here, but they’re looking for jobs, not women,” said Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching. “I tell women to ‘Live your life. Your brain is your No. 1 weapon.’ They should have situational awareness.”
Situational awareness no doubt is the key, but a little self defense training or a weapon sure won’t hurt either!
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