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Self defence sprays that are legal to carry and use in the United Kingdom
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I’ve seen a lot of people (mostly women, for reasons which may be obvious) speaking about being worried when going out, be it alone or even with friends, both in the day and at night. I know that a lot of female friends of mine carry around a can of antiperspirant or a pot of pepper to use if they’re ever attacked. What I know a lot of people don’t realise is that there are products out there which work in a violent situation and help in catching the assailant for the best part of a week afterwards.
Known as ‘criminal identifiers’, these sprays are brightly coloured dyes which can be sprayed in the face of an attacker. Unlike things such as CS or Pepper sprays, criminal identifier sprays are legal in the UK.
What these sprays do is release a sticky, brightly coloured dye. It’s difficult to wipe away and stains the skin a bright red colour. No matter how hard an attacker might try to remove it from their skin and clothing, the staining typically lasts for around a week and doesn’t even start to fade until after a few days have passed.
Unlike CS and Pepper sprays (which, again, aren’t legal in the UK) criminal identifier sprays don’t cause irritation or pain to an attacker. Instead, they expand and clog up the area sprayed with a kind of sticky foam that’s difficult to wipe away. It should give you enough time to escape and report someone whose face resembles a baboon’s arse to the police.
Each can of the sprays costs around £10 each, though it may be cheaper when buying multiple canisters and if you shop around.
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It should give you enough time to escape and report someone whose face resembles a baboon’s arse to the police.
Why isn’t pepper spray legal in the UK?
I’m reblogging this again because, seriously, why the hell isn’t it? It is considered a less-than-lethal agent and while it MAY have been a contributing factor in a few deaths the actual compound is not at all lethal [x].
Considering how just hitting someone with your bare hands could very easily be lethal, pepper spray is a safer weapon for self-defense than even just punching your assailant. It is ridiculous to outlaw a non-lethal compound and yet allow people to physically hit their assailant which has a higher rate of mortality. And of course making it illegal to hit someone who is assaulting you would further endanger victims and criminalize self-defense.
And that’s exactly what this is already doing to a lesser degree. This is not an effective alternative for defending oneself, its main function is not truly to save you from a violent crime. It is a means for the police to identify the criminal AFTER THEY’VE ALREADY COMMITTED THEIR CRIME AGAINST YOU.
Well, Pepper Spray isn’t non-lethal, it’s less than lethal, there’s a distinction, and the ACLU has raised issues about deaths in which Pepper Spray has been a contributing factor.
Furthermore, by making pepper spray and similar compounds available to the public, it also puts them on the market for people who want to use it to attack people.
And as chemical weapons there’s a certain amount of moral gray area about their use in general.
Just my two cents.
I made the point earlier that they were less-than-lethal and pointed out that while they were possibly a contributing factor in a few deaths, just hitting someone can absolutely be a direct cause of death. I do not see why I should be more afraid of someone pepper spraying me than of the same person punching me in the solar plexus or breaking my ethmoid bone and killing me outright. Yes, the pepper spray has greater range, but odds are actually higher I’ll survive that than a direct physical assault by someone only using their body (and God forbid they have a bat, knife, etc.). You can not outlaw everything that could ever kill anyone or we’ll have to outlaw just about every object imaginable as well as the human body.
If we’re talking about the fact it’s generally incapacitating, yes, that could be an issue in an assault if the attacker used it. But that’s also what makes it better self-defense than what England has offered as an alternative. And unlike a gun, I am almost assured to never accidentally kill someone with it. If a kid gets ahold of it they may hurt themselves or others, but it’s highly unlikely they’ll kill themselves or others. If I spray my attacker with it, no matter where I hit him or her, he or she’s unlikely to die from that alone.
It is already more humane than a gun. It is safer with kids and the poorly or totally untrained than a gun. It can not be used for mass violence like a gun. You can not use the same arguments for gun control with pepper spray. It is indeed less-than-lethal force. Yes, you will hurt the person you spray with it but it will never be the single, direct cause of death. And frankly, while I would personally feel uncomfortable killing someone even if they were attacking me, I would not feel uncomfortable hurting and incapacitating someone who was attacking me in order to defend myself.
EDIT: Also your link is about the police using it against protesters which I am ABSOLUTELY AGAINST. That is police brutality NOT self-defense.
I seem to have misread your previous post, so I apologise. And I certainly agree that they’re preferable to firearms.
Under U.K law pepper spray and C.S gas are considered firearms. And it’s not just the law in England, by the way, it’s the law in the entirety of Great Britain (learn. the. fucking. difference!) northern Ireland has it’s own view on the matter for obvious reason.
Pepper spray falls under the description as set out in Section. 5 of the Firearms Act 1968: “Any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing”.
These restrictions have served us well. The law isn’t simply, if your attacked, tough shit,The law is states if you are attacked, or believe you are about to be attacked, you may use any reasonable force or measure to defend yourself and any other person.
By allowing people to own a weapon, which in the U.K pepper spray and C.S gas are classed as, the government is opening up an unnecessary risk to public safety. And considering how easy it is to get hold of other potential weapons, for example kitchen knives and cricket bats, all that will happen is that it trigger an arms race between criminal, citizen, and police, and frankly I like most of my police not carrying guns.
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