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British Judge Punishes Victim For Pepper Spray Self Defense

Don't Get Caught Defending Yourself In Great Britain

Don’t Get Caught Defending Yourself In Great Britain

The Brits are at it again, scolding their citizens for trying to protect themselves against people who would do them harm.

“Society could descend into anarchy if the public arm themselves with weapons including pepper spray.”That is the dire warning of District judge Martin Walker.

Judge Walker made the statement following the sentencing of Michael Andrew Race from Crook after he admitted using a can of police issue pepper spray in self defense on a man who had confronted him at his home.

Yes, you read that correctly, he used it in self defense on a man who confronted him at his own home! No mention of what sentance was given to the man who showed up at the victims home, with bad intentions no doubt.

Judge Walker, admitted that he believed Mr. Race was provoked into discharging the spray but said he had crossed the line, and self defense was used as an excuse.

Prosecutor John Garside claimed the victim suffered temporary minor injuries to his eyes after the altercation outside Race’s home on December 6.

Judge for yourself, here are the facts of the case obtained from court transcripts;

Twenty four year-old Race was at home repairing his motorcycle when his partner received a phone call from a man to say he was coming over to fight. The man had been in an ongoing dispute over money with Race’s partner and decided he’d had enough and decided to use force to resolve the dispute.

The man showed up with several friends in tow and they began arguing over money.

Fearing for his safety, Race discharged a canister of Pava spray on the man, according to court testimony.

(Pava spray is a defensive spray similar to pepper spray that is typically issued to police in Britain. How Race obtained the Pava is unclear.)

The prosecution actually had the gall to ask for compensation to be awarded to the unnamed man but Judge Walker said it would not be appropriate as the other man had confronted Race outside his home and provoked him.

The judge said: “This is a case of over use of force in self defense but not sufficient for the defense of self defense to be made out.

We’re not sure how pepper spray could be considered on over use of force since it’s non-lethal and doesn’t cause any permanent damage.

“If everybody was able to arm themselves with items like this spray we would have anarchy in our country.”

Quite the contrary, if everyone were allowed to posses pepper spray or any self defense device for that matter, thugs might think twice before they victimize innocent citizens. And if that doesn’t deter them, at least people can some way to protect themselves.

Race was given a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

It’s unbelievable that someone could show up at another person’s home with the stated intention of violence against the homeowner, bring several other men as back-up, instigate an altercation and then be considered a victim. It’s even more outrageous that the homeowner can discharge a canister of pepper spray out of fear for his own safety and be prosecuted for it.

The fact that the aggressor brought several friends with him clearly indicates that he was either looking to use force or wanted to intimidate his intended target.

It’s unfortunate that British authorities can’t or refuse to make a distinction between the defensive use of force and an aggressive use of force. Justice has been turned upside down when victims are prosecuted and aggressors are coddled and treated as victims.

Great Britian is an example of what happens when the government bans all weapons. Good people are left with no way to defend themselves.

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CMU Student Government Wants To Lift Pepper Spray Ban On Campus

Will Pepper Spray Soon Be Legal To Carry At CMU?

Will Pepper Spray Soon Be Legal To Carry At CMU?

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan – Central Michigan University student government members have drafted legislation in the student Senate calling for school administrators to lift the ban on pepper spray and other self defense items that are already considered legal by the state of Michigan.

Many students carry pepper spray just to feel safe, even if they don’t believe they’ll ever have to use it. However, under current CMU policy, it’s considered a violation to carry it, and penalties range from suspension to expulsion.

“I just think that’s really unfair and given circumstances of late, it seems like a bad policy,” said William Joseph, a member of the Student Government Association at the university, referring to a recent incident that occurred on campus.

Joseph introduced the legislation to eliminate the ban on pepper spray. He pointed out that an attack on campus in January reinforces the validity of the the student government’s proposal. On Jan. 16, a female student was abducted while walking on campus. It occurred right in front of the Student Activities Center and she was brutally assaulted before she broke free and managed to escape.

“I think it’s just something else you can take as a precaution,” said Joseph.

A Typical Pepper Spray Key-Chain

A Typical Pepper Spray Key-Chain

Although pepper spray and other self-defense devices are illegal on the CMU campus, many students still carry small, pepper spray key-chains that are easy to conceal. Ironically, The CMU Bookstore, which is on campus, sells pepper spray.

CMU student reps want to change the language that makes it illegal to possess pepper spray to help make students feel safer and make the campus a safer place to be.

“If this repeal of the ban ends up helping just one person here on campus, then it’s definitely worth it,” said student representative Jenny Moiles.

The legislation still has to pass one more branch of student government before it reaches the Central Michigan’s Board of Trustees and the university president. Those parties have the ultimate power to override current weapons policies on campus.

Pepper spray is currently legal to carry in the state of Michigan. The change that the student government is proposing would simply follow current state laws.

Let’s hope common sense prevails and school administrators approve the proposed change. Under currant policy, students are sitting ducks for predators who know their victims have no way to protect themselves. Policies similar to to those at CMU only function to embolden criminals who realize they’ll have little resistance from an unarmed victim.

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How Stun Guns Work

The Runt Rechargeable Stun Gun

The Runt Rechargeable Stun Gun

A stun gun is a self defense device that discharges electricity, disrupting the human body’s natural electrical signals. Most stun guns have between two to four metal contacts that, when touched against someone, will immediately send an electrical charge into the body. The ensuing electrical charge affects the central nervous system and will incapacitate even the largest of men. But how does it work and how much damage can it cause? To answer those questions it’s important to review basic concept of electricity and how it affects the human body.

ELECTRICITY BASICS

A common misconception among many people is that the shock from a stun gun can cause serious injury or death. While it’s true that exposure to electricity can lead to serious organ damage and death, this is not true of stun guns. If an electrical charge is high in amps it can lead to death, but high voltage will do nothing more than cause pain. Think of voltage as pressure or intensity and amperage as speed. The human body can take a lot of electrical “pressure” (voltage) at a low current or “speed” (amperage). The higher the speed, the more likely that severe damage will occur. Most stun guns can emit a charge of up to several million volts, but less than 10 milliamps. So a stun gun sends an electrical charge at a great intensity into the human body but does so at a very low rate of speed.

The following table gives examples of amperage and the effect on the human body;

  • 1 milliamp – Tingling Sensation in the muscles.
  • 3 – 5 milliamps – Muscle contractions, moderate pain, loss of balance and disorientation, some voluntary muscle control is still maintained.
  • 6 – 15 milliamps – Painful, complete loss of muscle control.
  • 100 – 200 milliamps – Extreme pain, Ventricular fibrillation (uneven, uncoordinated pumping of the heart.) Muscular contraction and nerve damage begins to occur. Death is likely.

THE MYTH OF STUN GUN DEATHS

Tasers (a brand of stun gun) used by police have been wrongly blamed for some high profile deaths in recent years. However, subsequent investigations have shown that the deaths were mainly caused by outside influences and not the stun gun itself. Most of the individuals who died after contact with a stun gun were under the influence of mind-altering drugs like cocaine. According to research, the presence of cocaine in the bloodstream increases the “shock” from a stun gun by 50 to 100 percent.

Source: Ten researchers led by Dr D Lakkireddy from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and reported in the August 2006 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

So, it isn’t actually the stun gun, but the presence of “illegal” drugs that was the catalyst. Without the presence of drugs in their system, they would have experienced a mild shock. The charge generated from a stun gun alone cannot cause death. Two to five milliamps simply isn’t enough amperage to cause death to a human being. However, when that amperage is increased by outside influences, the stun gun, or the user can’t be blamed.

HOW A STUN GUN DISRUPTS ELECTRICAL SIGNALS IN THE BODY

Stun Flashlight

Stun Flashlight

Electricity is present in the human body, without it we wouldn’t be able to perform simple tasks. The brain sends an electrical signal to nerve cells which then sends it to muscles telling them to expand or contract, to perform a particular function like walking or picking up an object. The muscle then sends a message back to the brain telling it what an object feels or tastes like. All of these messages travel through the central nervous system.

A stun gun works by disrupting this communication between the brain and nerve cells. The muscles are confused by this disruption and the ensuing electrical shock tells them to contract and expand rapidly. This rapid movement and resulting stress on the muscles depletes the blood sugar and converts it to lactic acid. In layman’s terms, the muscles are forced to do a massive amount of work in a short time and are too exhausted to perform even the most basic functions, like standing up. This leads to a loss of balance and disorientation which will typically last thirty to forty minutes, and there is no permanent effect on the human body.

The effects of a stun gun will vary based on many factors; the type or model, how many seconds it touches an attacker, the size and weight of the attacker, and the physiological makeup of the individual. However, as a general guideline the following is usually true;

  • One second of contact will exact some pain and cause muscles to contract.
  • Two seconds of contact will lead to moderate pain, muscle spasms and some loss of balance.
  • Three seconds of contact will cause intense pain, confusion, disorientation and lead to a complete loss of balance.

Stun guns are a great self defense option, especially for women. They disrupt the natural electrical signals traveling through the central nervous system causing disorientation and a lack of balance. They pack a powerful punch but leave no lasting damage. For people who are uncomfortable carrying a lethal weapon like a fire arm, a great non-lethal solution is a stun gun.

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Knuckle Blaster Stun Gun

950,000 Volts Of Stopping Power

950,000 Volts Of Stopping Power

Brass knuckles are designed to fit comfortably in the users hand and concentrate the force of a punch, by directing it toward a harder and smaller contact area. The predictable result is tissue disruption, including the likelihood of fracturing the victim’s bones.

Stun guns are designed to stop an attacker by sending electricity into an attacker’s body, affecting the central nervous system and incapacitating him.

Brass knuckles are illegal in most states but stun guns, on the other hand, are legal in most of the U.S. So what would happen if the easy grip of brass knuckles were combined with the “legal” stopping power of a 950,000 volt stun gun?

That’s how the Knuckle Blaster was born! This uniquely-designed stun gun is meant to provide you with a legal self defense option that is extremely difficult for an attacker to take from you. It’s shaped like a pair of deadly brass knuckles, however it’s coated by a soft, rubber material resulting in firm comfortable grip.

The Knuckle Blaster

The Knuckle Blaster

The Knuckle Blaster Stun Gun will send almost a million volts through the body of an attacker. A second of contact will instantly repel the scum bag, while two or more seconds will drop him to his knees.

Just touch your attacker to instantly repel them and give you time to get away. Longer contact will cause further disorientation and after a few seconds will turn his legs into jelly and drop him to his knees.

This patented device has a soft rubber skin and is sized to accommodate all hand sizes.

A safety switch is built in and accessible to your thumb. Once you grab the Knuckle Blaster stun gun you can flip off the safety and fire with the same hand. No need to use two hands.

KNUCKLE BLASTER is a 950,000 volt stun gun designed to give you a punch with POWer.

* Uses 2 Lithium batteries (included).
* FREE nylon belt holster ($15.00 Value) designed to allow quick access and deployment of this amazing stun weapon.
* One year warranty.

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New Pepper Spray Can’t Be Taken Away And Used Against You

NEW PRODUCT NEWS

Defuser Pink

Defuser Pink

Apex Self Defense has added a new line of pepper spray to it’s inventory….the Defuser pepper spray. What makes the Defuser unique is that it has a disable pin built into the case. So, in the event it is taken from the user by an attacker, it can’t be used against the victim.

The DeFuser has a built in mechanical disable system that de-activates the unit if separated from its user, making it almost impossible for an attacker to use your own pepper spray against you.

Here’s how it works

Upon a forceful tug the DeFuser will separate from the wrist strap or key chain. When this happens the safety pin is dislodged from the bottom of the DeFuser which causes a slide plate to block the actuator from being depressed. The viewing window indicator will change from green to red showing you that the DeFuser has been de-activated.

The DeFuser can be re-armed by simply re-inserting the safety pin into the bottom of the unit. When you push the safety pin back in, the viewing window indicator will change from red to green showing you that the unit has been re-activated and is once again active and ready for discharge.

DeFuser is small and convenient, plus it fits perfectly into your purse, on your keys, or attached to your wrist. Walkers and joggers love the pink wrist strap / key chain combo because they can run with the DeFuser safely in the palm of their hand and not worry about dropping it.

They also have their keys conveniently attached to the DeFuser so they can run without a bulk of keys in their pocket. Having the keys attached to the your pepper spray offers additional benefits as well. If a struggle arises and the DeFuser is separated from its user, the keys will stay attached to the victims wrist allowing them to escape to their car or home for safety while the pepper spray is rendered useless to the attacker. With standard pepper sprays the keys are permanently attached to the unit and if the assailant gets your device away from you, they also get your keys.

Defuser Black

Defuser Black

In addition to this, your keys can now help defend you by swinging them at the assailants face, using them to gouge the attackers eyes, or bunch them up in your hand to increase the severity of your punch. No other pink pepper spray offers such protection! DeFuser is great for those reluctant to carry a defense weapon, and it also helps keep it accessible when you need it. Remember, pepper spray wont do you any good if you cant get to it. So don’t keep it on the counter at home, or in your glove box, Keep it with you!

One additional benefit of the Defuser pepper spray is that the disable pin can be intentionally disengaged from the unit to prevent accidental discharge by small children who tend to be curious and love to dig through mom’s purse.

Technical Specs

  • Automatically disarms if pulled away by an attacker
  • Up to 80% more shots than the competition
  • 20+ bursts at a range of over 10′
  • Stream delivery to reduce blow-back
  • Easily disarms and rearms for safe storage
  • Flip-Top & Ergonomic grip design
  • Small, Lightweight & Compact
  • Key Chain Attachment Included
  • HOT! 2,000,000 SHU’s
  • Wrist Strap Included
  • Maximum Protection
  • 10% OC SABRE Red

THESE FEATURES MAKE DEFUSER THE SAFEST PEPPER SPRAY TO CARRY!

The Defuser is available in Pink and Black

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How To Shoot Pepper Spray

Police Issue Pepper Spray

Police Issue Pepper Spray

In the last 10 years, pepper spray has increased in popularity as a means of self protection for women around the world. However, pepper spray education and instruction in how to use it, have not kept pace with the overall rise in sales.

The results have been predictable, record numbers of women who own pepper spray but have no practical knowledge of when to deploy it or how to use it properly.

There have been reports of accidental discharges, misfires, women spraying themselves while attempting to fight off an attacker and perps taking taking the pepper spray away and using it against their victims.

Pepper spray makes a great choice for self defense; it’s non-lethal, inexpensive, easy to use, small, inconspicuous and extremely effective when used properly. So the important thing is to learn how to use it and practice with a water-based practice spray to become proficient in how to deploy it correctly.

The following tips will help you to use pepper spray the proper way so that you’ll avoid accidental discharge and insure that you hit your intended target while minimizing the risk to yourself.

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Having a canister of pepper spray on your key-chain, in your purse or in your car will not help you one bit if you allow an attacker to surprise you. You need to know what’s going on around you at all times and have your pepper spray in hand and ready to use while you are walking to and from your vehicle.

Pay attention to your surroundings and be ready, you may only have a second or two to react.

React Quickly And Confidently

React Quickly And Confidently

REACT QUICKLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE

Remember, the objective is to surprise the attacker. Pull out your pepper spray only when you are prepared to use it. Don’t give the attacker any time to think and react to it.

When you’re ready to shoot, go into a slight crouch with your feet about shoulder width apart and evenly balanced.

Hold your non-shooting hand out and yell stop as you shoot. This will focus your energy on the task at hand and may draw the attacker’s attention toward your hand and away from the pepper spray. It also gives you time to raise and aim the spray before you shoot.

NOTE: Some women may not want to use one hand because they may not be able to aim accurately unless they hold the spray with both hands. Either way, determine which method works best for you by practicing first.

Hold your shooting hand steady as you shoot, never thrust your hand forward as it will affect your aim. Make sure that your upper body remains balanced and still. This will allow you to aim more accurately and with consistency.

As you fire, step backward slightly, but don’t turn your back on him! This will give you more time, create more distance between you and the attacker and draws the attacker into the spray. While stepping back, do so in a slow, steady and deliberate manner while trying to limit upper body movement as much as possible.

Don’t shut your eyes while spraying. You need to see where you are shooting. If your aim is off slightly, simply adjust your aim and continue shooting.

Don’t wave the spray like a fire hose, this does nothing but waste the spray. Aim, shoot and look where you are hitting and correct if necessary.

Aim for the head and shoulders. Shooting for about 2-3 seconds is usually adequate. At this point, an attacker will normally pause for a moment while he tries to gather himself as the pain and uncontrollable coughing spasms set in. Once he’s disabled, stop spraying, and escape.

Water-Based Practice Spray

Water-Based Practice Spray

PRACTICE

Shooting pepper spray accurately is like any athletic activity, it requires practice to achieve perfection. No one would dream of using martial arts to protect themselves without first practicing, so why would you do that with pepper spray?

Don’t wait until something bad happens until you first use your spray. Buy a water-based inert spray to practice with, until you are comfortable using it.

BUY SOME PEPPER SPRAY!

So now it’s time to purchase some spray. Do you want a 1/2 oz key-chain model, or a larger one to keep in your purse? Would you prefer a stream or a fogger? Which one is better, pepper gel, pepper foam or OC pepper spray?

There are many options to choose from and the best way to determine which one is right for you, is to visit our pepper spray guide.

So, educate yourself, practice and don’t depend on anyone else for protection. Take it upon yourself to provide your own protection and you’ll feel safer and more confidant. Good luck and stay safe!

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Stupid Criminals – Pocket Dialing 911 In The Middle Of A Drug Deal

Hello?

Scranton, Pennsylvania – Justin Kryzanowski, 24, was a simple man. He was just your typical 20 something American guy. He liked football, hot dogs, apple pie and selling crack to neighborhood kids.

He was an entrepreneur who believed in customer service. So one day, while on a “sales call” to a potential client, Justin accidentally pocket dialed 911. His conversation with a customer named “Rick” involved phrases like “dime bag” and bong tokes” which aroused suspicions of the 911 operator who then informed police.

Police were waiting for Justin when he arrived home. The Scranton police noticed that Kryzanowski’s speech was slurred , and his eyes were dilated during their initial interview at his house.

They also discovered prescription drugs and syringes filled with Suboxone, an opioid dependence medication, inside Kryzanowski’s residence. Cops confirmed that Kryzanowski’s cell phone also matched the one used to dial 911 during the alleged drug deal.

Note to drug-dealers: A great technique to avoid getting busted by the cops is refrain from calling them on yourself!

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Woman Uses Bear Spray And A Bokken To Catch A Thief

Bear Spray

Bear Spray

San Francisco, California – Sonya Yu, a San Francisco woman decided she’s had enough of crime in her neighborhood and took the initiative to fight back. She was angry that thieves were stealing delivered packages from the doorsteps of her neighbors so she attempted to catch the suspect herself and she posted live tweets throughout the entire ordeal.

She armed herself with bear spray (an extremely powerful pepper spray used primarily as a bear repellant) and a bokken (a wooden sword the samurai used during training).

“My bear spray, bokken, & I are still not intimidated,” wrote Yu. “We keep bear spray by the door, so my plan is spray, call 911, & mutilate his junk.”

You gotta love this woman’s style! She definitely doesn’t fit the typical helpless victim profile.

Bokken

Bokken

When the suspect approached a seemingly unattended package at Yu’s door, She doused him with bear spray from the safety of her balcony. The man, who apparently was armed with a knife, fled immediately.

Yu called police and then pursued the scum bag with her bokken and bear spray in tow.

“He escaped, but not far,” she tweeted. “The bear spray debilitated him & painted him orange so other cops picked him up within 5 minutes. GOT HIM!”

She said that the police laughed hysterically when they saw her makeshift weapons.

Yu was hit with some Bear Spray blowback, but she thought it was a small price to pay for catching the krook.

San Francisco police identified the man as Andy Anduha, 51. He was charged with attempted burglary and outstanding warrants for traffic violations, police said.

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Women In Beirut Stock Up On Pepper Spray, Stun Guns

The Crime Ridden Streets Of Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon – For years, Beirut has had a reputation as a dangerous place. The smoldering burned out cars, neighborhoods of dilapidated buildings, streets of rubble and Muslim terrorists have really put a damper on on the tourism industry.

Take all of those negatives and throw in the fact that the prevailing culture and religion permit, and perhaps even sanction violence against women and you have a recipe for disaster.

This helps to explain why women in Beirut have taken matters into their own hands. They’ve taken it upon themselves to be responsible for their own protection. Women are buying up self defense products like pepper spray and stun guns in record numbers.

Shop owners are starting to see personal protection devices like key-chain pepper sprays, 1 million volt stun guns disguised as cell phones fly off the shelves.

The security situation is already less than sub par in the country and recently, reports of increased harassment of women has many females on edge and living in fear.

One shop owner, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals from criminals, says that between pepper spray and stun guns he is currently selling about 30 defensive weapons for women per week; although, he adds, “it is usually guys buying them for their girlfriends or wives.”

Many women have been attacked in broad daylight and in full view of witnesses. Women who have purchased personal protection devices say they feel empowered and no longer live in constant fear when walking to the local market or running errands.

Self defense classes have also been seeing record attendance in recent months.

This story illustrates why it’s important for people, especially women, to take control of their own self defense. Even in a law-abiding country like the U.S. the Police can’t be everywhere and protect everyone. So it’s important for people to realize that they need to have a plan when confronted with a threat. That plan should include efforts at prevention like awareness and avoidance. However a good plan should also include efforts at self protection like martial arts training, pepper spray, a good handgun or some other form of protection.

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Spraytech – The Latest Pepper Spray Phone Case

Spraytech iPhone Case

Phone cases come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, designs and colors. They also come in many different models for self defense. Like the iPhone Knucklecase, the SmartGuard, and the Yellow Jacket.

Well, the newest cell phone case is called the Spraytech. Unlike the SmartGuard case, which acts as a holder for a specially made pepper spray canister, this one actually dispenses pepper spray. The pepper spray is incorporated into the back side of the case and is less bulky than other pepper spray cases. The nice thing about the Spraytech is that it looks just like any other iPhone case.

Turn Your iPhone Into A Self Defense Weapon

It comes with one pepper spray cartridge, but refills are available for purchase. The Spraytech also comes with a test cartridge included. Test cartridges are filled with compressed water and are great to practice with.

There are multiple safety mechanisms to prevent accidental firing. As of this writing, they are available for iPhone 4 and 4s but other models are coming soon.

Because iPhones seem to be a popular target with thieves, the Spraytech seems like a great idea. Any personal protection device is only effective if it can be deployed quickly, at a moments notice. Since many people carry their phones in their hand while walking, the Spraytech can be deployed before the criminal has a chance to react.

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