Skip to comments.Some women leaving the gun at home for a can of bug spray
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 ...
Use of chemical weapons: terrorist!
“Leave the gun, take the bug spray.”
I hope this woman never has to find out that she is arming herself for a gunfight with a knife.
hair spray would do the job too.
Yep, that will stop a home invader tweaked out on meth.
Pepper spray is illegal in many states.
Not as well. Nerve gas was developed from bug spray.
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.
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.
“Let the lawsuits begin!”
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.
I wonder what Freud would make of that?
For = foot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
some women are stupid. My .40 XDM beats wasp spray hands down. And it even works if the wind is blowing my direction!
My wife prefers .380 for spraying bugs.
Only if you hold a flame in front of it ;)
Well, it is a "pest"icide.
Ammonia. Just saying.
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.
Next idea, ladies?
wasp spray is all well and good but what happenz if your attacker is black
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.
The newspapers will report your death at the hands of a white Hispanic?
**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.
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.
would i still be guilty of a hate crime?
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.
Spray them with bug spray then grab their gun. If they shoot first they got the first zap and there’s is lethal.
Depends on your ethnicity...
Spray them with bug spray then grab their gun. If they shoot first they got the first zap and theirs is lethal.
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.
really? if I use wasp spray on a black dude won’t that be a hate crime no matter what i am?
Nahh, black on black crime doesn’t even get reported.
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.
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.
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.
Wasp Spray as a Defensive Tool = Bad Idea
> 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.
What is that thing, please?