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Some women leaving the gun at home for a can of bug spray
WBTV.com ^ | 02.20.13 | Sean Edmondson

Posted on 02/24/2013 11:02:23 AM PST by Daffynition

ST. LOUIS (WFIE) -

Some women in St. Louis are ready to take aim and fire if confronted by an attacker, but their weapon of choice isn't a gun.

Instead, they're turning to a common household product to protect themselves.

It's barely seven bucks, but it makes Joy Gridnick Christensen feel a whole lot safer.

"And we keep it right here so if you came to the counter with the cash register I would just get this on you and zap you right in the face," said Christensen.

As owner of the Fountain on Locust, she's armed all her employees with wasp spray in case of an attacker and she's not the only St. Louisan using this self defense tactic.

South County resident Carol Dickinson hasn't left home without it since buying a can about a month ago.

"I keep a can of wasp spray in my car in the console where the cup holder is," said Dickinson.

Her friend sent her an email suggesting she try it.

"I can't shoot a gun but I can shoot wasp spray," said Dickinson. "

"Having a gun makes you have to have all sorts of other responsibilities," says Christensen.

And these women say it's how the spray shoots that appeals to them.

(Excerpt) Read more at wbtv.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; bugspray; guncontrol; secondamendment; selfdefense; waspspray; women
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**federal law prohibits the use of any pesticide "in a manner inconsistent with its labeling." **


1 posted on 02/24/2013 11:02:28 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Use of chemical weapons: terrorist!


2 posted on 02/24/2013 11:07:48 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Daffynition

“Leave the gun, take the bug spray.”


3 posted on 02/24/2013 11:09:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Daffynition

I hope this woman never has to find out that she is arming herself for a gunfight with a knife.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 11:09:57 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Daffynition

hair spray would do the job too.


5 posted on 02/24/2013 11:10:32 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Daffynition

Yep, that will stop a home invader tweaked out on meth.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 11:14:14 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Daffynition
Why not buy good quality pepper spray. Works well, designed for self defense.
7 posted on 02/24/2013 11:15:23 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

Pepper spray is illegal in many states.


8 posted on 02/24/2013 11:17:34 AM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: ruesrose
hair spray would do the job too.

Not as well. Nerve gas was developed from bug spray.

9 posted on 02/24/2013 11:18:25 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Daffynition

You have to suspect it works when the first words out of the government are “you can’t do that!”

For a lot of people who lack the willingness to train with a gun, this isn’t the worst alternative, unless you work for the government...;

The Second Amendment says “bear arms” not just guns and in it’s original intent included cannon and other destructive devices.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 11:19:05 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: riverrunner; Tammy8
riverrunner ~ Why not buy good quality pepper spray. Works well, designed for self defense.

Tammy8 ~ Pepper spray is illegal in many states.

And where our "betters" will deign to let a peon own it, there are licensing and permitting requirements.

11 posted on 02/24/2013 11:21:20 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Daffynition

“Let the lawsuits begin!”


12 posted on 02/24/2013 11:22:27 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Daffynition

The improved version is amazing: wasps spray and a BIC lighter. No the can will not explode. Use the “shoots a 20 for stream” kind.

Amazing results.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 11:24:35 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Daffynition
"And these women say it's how the spray shoots that appeals to them."

I wonder what Freud would make of that?

14 posted on 02/24/2013 11:25:18 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Blueflag

For = foot.


15 posted on 02/24/2013 11:25:30 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Daffynition

From the article:

“Officials at the St. Louis County Police Department responded to the story saying it’s better to use items for their intended purpose and added it’s against federal law to use wasp spray for purposes other than what’s listed on the can.”

Can you believe that?? So, I’m being attacked and use wasp spray and the attacker leaves me alone, but a FEDERAL officer arrests me and sends me to Federal Jail. Good Grief! I live in Texas and they don’t care if I kill the sucker any way I want. Screw the Feds.


16 posted on 02/24/2013 11:25:56 AM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

My imagination has me picturing the prep....rolling and the floor laughing...while the victim is coughing and rubbing their eyes.

Maybe the perp is supposed to die laughing.


17 posted on 02/24/2013 11:25:56 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Steamburg

I agree, I am not against guns but I’m against guns for myself because I am a klutz and I’d shoot myself or some innocent bystander. I don’t care how much I trained.

I’d rather have a tazer or chile spray.


18 posted on 02/24/2013 11:28:20 AM PST by tiki
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To: Daffynition

Women just don’t understand that if an angry man can get his hands on them, they are dead.

I ran into a 15 year old girl who told me she hitchhiked, when I tried to tell her the dangers she showed me her Buck pocket knife and said that she would stab a bad guy driver in the thigh, in her mind, tough men just stop when injured and in a rage.

I told her that a tough guy would merely grab the back of her head and beat it into the dashboard until she was dead or unconscious, then he would calmly pull over and deal with his wound, and then deal with her.

Bug spray is better than nothing, and will stop some mild mannered robbers, but it is sooooooo far from being an effective weapon.


19 posted on 02/24/2013 11:30:05 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: Marcella

The key is to assert that you didn’t plan/intend to misuse the product, only in panic you grabbed the closest thing to hand...

(And you only had it close by because you are deathly afraid of/allergic to wasps!)


20 posted on 02/24/2013 11:32:25 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Daffynition

some women are stupid. My .40 XDM beats wasp spray hands down. And it even works if the wind is blowing my direction!


21 posted on 02/24/2013 11:33:47 AM PST by Mom MD (A million people attended Obamas inauguration. 14 of them actually missed work)
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To: Daffynition

My wife prefers .380 for spraying bugs.


22 posted on 02/24/2013 11:36:15 AM PST by dinodino
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To: ruesrose
hair spray would do the job too.

Only if you hold a flame in front of it ;)

23 posted on 02/24/2013 11:36:27 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Daffynition
**federal law prohibits the use of any pesticide "in a manner inconsistent with its labeling." **

Well, it is a "pest"icide.

24 posted on 02/24/2013 11:40:21 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Daffynition

Ammonia. Just saying.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 11:40:50 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Daffynition


One step closer buster, and I bring out the bug spray!
26 posted on 02/24/2013 11:40:54 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Daffynition

While this has advantages and disadvantages, we should be open minded enough to realize that guns also have advantages and disadvantages, as do knives, swords and other bladed weapons, and blunt objects and other weapons.

I got a very good lesson in psychology years ago, when I saw some capable karate students in a serious ring fight, in which they were required to wear boxing gloves. But other than that it was pretty much MMA. They were used to bare knuckle fighting, and instead of kicking, which they were good at, they were focused instead on the gloves, and did miserably. Finally one of them ignored the gloves, and kicked his opponent senseless.

It taught me that a weapon can be a serious crutch, if you are too reliant on just it. It is far better to think outside the box, and imagine your weapon as just part of the scenario.

And *all* weapons have advantages and disadvantages.

In World War II, the OSS, predecessor of the CIA, taught its agents that *anything* can be used as a weapon, and that they needed to imagine how the most ordinary things can be used as weapons. So that no matter the circumstances, they would be mentally prepared to fabricate a weapon.

This is also an important defensive lesson as well, as your opponent might do the same.


27 posted on 02/24/2013 11:44:16 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Daffynition

Next idea, ladies?

28 posted on 02/24/2013 11:44:43 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Daffynition; null and void

wasp spray is all well and good but what happenz if your attacker is black


29 posted on 02/24/2013 11:47:24 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Daffynition
"I keep a can of wasp spray in my car in the console where the cup holder is," said Dickinson.

Might work for Yankees. Won't work in Texas. On the other hand, you won't have to worry about bugs in your car after it explodes.

30 posted on 02/24/2013 11:49:43 AM PST by PAR35
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To: bigheadfred

The newspapers will report your death at the hands of a white Hispanic?


31 posted on 02/24/2013 11:57:00 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

**federal law prohibits the use of any pesticide “in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.” **

Yes. Read the label. I would tend to use something for cockroaches, just to be within federal guidelines.


32 posted on 02/24/2013 12:02:10 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: riverrunner
I was told the wasp spray shoots several feet further than the pepper spray. I guess this would be advantageous is maintaining a little more distance from a potential attacker?
33 posted on 02/24/2013 12:03:31 PM PST by beethoven
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To: mnehring
I once worked as a janitor and some of the chemical concentrates we used would dissolve skin, hair and nails on contact.

Bug spray is nothing compared to super concentrated chlorine. If you spilled half of cup of concentrate in a room, you couldn't enter without a respirator. I can't imagine a good spray of that stuff to the face. Methhead or not, the target's eyes would be burned away almost instantly.

Obviously firearms are better but I always thought about making some long distance “chemical guns” for friends and family that can't own real guns.

34 posted on 02/24/2013 12:10:51 PM PST by varyouga
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To: null and void

would i still be guilty of a hate crime?


35 posted on 02/24/2013 12:11:21 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Tammy8

yeah but using this that way is also illegal and it says so right on the can. so if you’re concerned about pepper spray being illegal this should also concern you.

personally i’d use it that way if it was the only thing around or closest thing handy, notice on can, or not.


36 posted on 02/24/2013 12:11:43 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Spray them with bug spray then grab their gun. If they shoot first they got the first zap and there’s is lethal.


37 posted on 02/24/2013 12:15:15 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: bigheadfred

Depends on your ethnicity...


38 posted on 02/24/2013 12:16:11 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Spray them with bug spray then grab their gun. If they shoot first they got the first zap and theirs is lethal.


39 posted on 02/24/2013 12:17:44 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: ansel12

I don’t think women realize just how much different (ie stronger) the average guy is to the average gal. I was just reading something here last week about the average woman in her twenties at the height of strength and such has the aerobic capacity of an average guy who’s 50. I didn’t even know it was that markedly different.


40 posted on 02/24/2013 12:18:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: null and void

really? if I use wasp spray on a black dude won’t that be a hate crime no matter what i am?


41 posted on 02/24/2013 12:22:54 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Daffynition; null and void

42 posted on 02/24/2013 12:23:05 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 260 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: bigheadfred

Nahh, black on black crime doesn’t even get reported.


43 posted on 02/24/2013 12:25:08 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: beethoven

When a lady in on her bike and a handgun does not seem the thing to carry, get what I got Mrs Burke. Kimber makes it. It will still be going 90mph at 13 feet distance and is three times as effective as pepper spray -- it sticks and will disable for 45 minutes.

44 posted on 02/24/2013 12:27:23 PM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

And if they were ever really in a “fight,” once it got to the ground it is game over, against any male. Teaching females to try and fight males is cruel and repulsive.


45 posted on 02/24/2013 12:30:45 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: Daffynition

Don’t bring bug spray to a gunfight.

Plus be sure and stock up with bug spray now before the Democrats start trying to ban it.


46 posted on 02/24/2013 12:32:04 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR19OmAfQLc
Wasp Spray as a Defensive Tool = Bad Idea


47 posted on 02/24/2013 12:37:42 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: dfwgator
A naked picture of themselves on the counter might be a great deterrent too! ;-)
48 posted on 02/24/2013 12:41:53 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Las Vegas Ron

> hair spray would do the job too.
> Only if you hold a flame in front of it ;)

I’ll bet “Easy-Off” oven spray would work wonders.


49 posted on 02/24/2013 12:43:00 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

What is that thing, please?


50 posted on 02/24/2013 12:46:12 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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