More on wasp spray . . .

06 Jun

I first posted this item in July, 2009. I reposted it in March, 2010 because I felt that it had failed to connect with very many readers. The reposting brought a comment that should be of interest to others. It reproduces the original posting in its entirety, and I must say with all humility that it’s well worth the read. I welcome comments on the original posting, on the reposting, and on this addendum—nay, I urge viewers to make comments, whether positive or negative. Time is a precious and finite resource—time spent on a posting is wasted if a reader neglects to comment on items that consumed some of their time, however brief. A comment should be forthcoming, if for no other reason than to justify spending time on the posting.

This is the viewer’s comment, exactly as received:

My family owns and operates Security Equipment Corporation which manufacturers SABRE pepper sprays. I appreciate that web-sites like this one are sharing proactive safety ideas. That’s very good. However, there is an issue with WASP spray. WASP sprays’ labels state, “It’s a violation of federal law to use in any manner inconsistent with this label. Never Use Indoors!” Police departments worldwide use pepper spray because the inflammatory effects of this agent work on those which cannot feel pain (very important). The inflammatory effects of pepper spray cause eyes to close involuntarily and produce a loss of breath sensation. Pepper spray has been proven effective on deterring and incapacitating aggressive, combative, intoxicated and drug induced individuals for over 20 years.

To date, no human testing has been conducted on WASP spray and it’s a violation of federal law to use in self defense. There are pepper spray options which will deploy up to 25 feet and unlike WASP sprays, these pepper sprays require the user to be less accurate because they will cover an entire doorway. It’s probably not a good idea to use WASP spray for home protection since it is against the law and WASP spray labels themselves state “NEVER USE INDOORS”. Pepper spray is a safe, proven option which is trusted and relied upon by police officers worldwide.

Thanks for reading this.

This is my reply:

Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment. I’ll pass this information on to my daughter and to my readers. As for wasp spray used for self-defense being a violation of federal law, I opine that one should use anything and everything available to defend one’s self. The use of knives, guns, hammers and baseball bats for self-defense may also be violations of federal law, but they can be highly effective in such instances. And I must add that when one is under attack, it could be quite difficult to determine whether the need for self-defense is lethal or non-lethal—in such instances the doubt must be resolved in favor of the defender—not in favor of the attacker.

An addition to my reply:

In any situation in which my well-being and/or that of my family is threatened, I will depend on something that has a much higher deterrent factor than wasp spray or pepper spray and is effective at a range greater than 25 feet.

That’s my story and that’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to both!


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5 responses to “More on wasp spray . . .

  1. absurdoldbird

    June 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    When I click your links to previous posts, I get this weird message on an otherwise completely blank page:
    “WordPress Error: You are not allowed to edit this item.”

    That aside, why is it then when I read this post, I thought “he needs to go to Canada and use the Wasp spray there instead, then he won’t be violating any US federal laws…” but then I guess if someone were that far away, a spray would be a bit useless. Just a bit!

  2. thekingoftexas

    June 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the error. That link was in the viewer’s comment that I copied and pasted for this posting—it’s not one of my insertions—that’s why you got the error page. I just removed it.

    As for using pepper spray in lieu of a deadly weapon, don’t do it unless nothing else is available. Use a firearm, an ax, the kitchen cleaver, a broken bottle, a hammer, butcher knife or a chain saw. Try to find something that will have a lasting, perhaps permanent, effect on the offender.

    I was a law enforcement officer on the Texas side of our border with Mexico and two of us were trying to subdue a suspect that was high on cocaine. My partner used the government issued mace and it was not effective. The suspect really got angry then. He grabbed a handful of material and ripped the crotch out of my partner’s trousers. It could have been much worse, of course. He could have grabbed more than material. If mace won’t do the job, pepper spray won’t even come close.

    • absurdoldbird

      June 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Unfortunately, in the UK in recent years, the law tends to be on the side of the attacker rather than the victim, so whatever one uses it’s a lose-lose situation. Now that IS a bummer.

  3. Ann

    June 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Excellent ideas for alternatives to mace – thanks for sharing!!!

    • thekingoftexas

      June 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the visit and thanks for the comment.


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