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  • Article about ex police office getting mugged

    Was just surfing around the internet this morning and came across a article about a former police office that had the very unfortunate experience of almost getting mugged.

    Apparently as he was walking up to his car someone came up behind him and grabbed his neck forcefully and demanded his wallet and all his money. He resisted and ended up struggling with the robber until he was able to pull out his weapon and shot the robber, in the leg. The robber then proceed to run/limp off and got into a waiting car which sped away. The robber and his accomplice were caught shortly thereafter by the police and arrested.

    I thought to myself that this ended very well and Thank God the former Police officer had previous training to be able to protect himself.
    I am just not really sure if I should be pulling a gun in that situation not having the training. I thought for myself that either a good dose of Mace to the face of the attacker would have allowed me enough time to get away and call police. Like myself there are a lot of people that don't feel confident and comfortable in carrying a hand gun but non the less need some form of self defense/protection.
    Just a thought,
    Thank you.

  • Washington Post article about Mace

    By Nancy Szokan November 11, 2014

    Half a century ago, Daniel A. Gross writes on the Web site of Smithsonian magazine, a 29-year-old inventor named Alan Litman lived with his science-teacher wife, Doris, in Pittsburgh.

    After one of Doris’s colleagues got mugged, the Litmans started talking about tools a woman walking city streets might use for self-defense, and soon they were experimenting with incapacitating chemicals that could be packed into an aerosol can.

    They mixed kerosene, Freon and sulfuric acid to create their propellant. After trying “a dizzying array of chemicals that seared the eyes and face,” they settled on chloroacetophenone, a kind of tear gas, as their active ingredient. In 1964, Alan sent off patent applications for a spray can, nozzle and their chemical mixture. And they named their portable product after the terrifying spiked club wielded in medieval times: Chemical Mace.

    In “The Forgotten History of Mace, Designed by a 29-Year-Old and Reinvented as a Police Weapon,” Gross notes that mace wasn’t innovative because of its chemical components, which had been around since World War II: “It was innovative because it repackaged a chemical weapon as a civilian product.”

    He recounts the controversy that surrounded the mass production and sale of mace and its evolution from a weapon of self-defense to a tool of law enforcement. A sheriff in Illinois had himself maced on camera, to prove how “humane” it was. There were protests that if chemical weapons were outlawed in international warfare, we should not use them on fellow citizens.

    As Gross writes, “In a society that embraces firearms while fighting gun violence, safety and self-defense can become puzzlingly relative concepts.”

  • Remembering 9/11

    A very difficult day, in remembrance of that terrible day. Many prayers to the families of all those lost.

    On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

  • Sunday gun show

    Sunday was a stroll though the local gun show here in Fort Myers with my brother, its a joy being able to spend time with him. Its only the second gun show that I have been to. Both of us enjoyed looking through all the guns and accessories.
    I am a strong believer that law abiding citizens should have the right to arm them self's and carry a concealed hand gun providing that the are licensed.
    I am just not sure that I want to be one that carries a hand gun, I guess in part because I don't feel adept at handling and shooting a hand gun.
    Taking a hand gun course to make you eligible to apply for a Florida concealed license should be just the first step, these courses do not in anyway make you proficient in handling and shooting a hand gun. Additional courses need to be taken and a lot of time on the gun range to practice needs to take place.
    My brother and I did take notice that there were a couple of vendors doing a good amount of business selling stun guns, this maybe a more suitable solution for a carry, self defense product along with Pepper Spray. Even if you feel comfortable carrying a concealed hand gun, nothing wrong with having both.

  • How to use pepper spray.

    Using The pepper spray effectively

    Pepper spray is a close combat weapon, you have to get that spray directly into the face of your attacker, as scary as it may sound it is best to wait until the person approaches you and is at least three feet from you then you apply this defense. Never let the attacker know what your weapon is, always let it seem that you are defenseless as if the attacker knows that you have that spray, he will find a different method in his attack and disarm you. When you are spraying, spray directly, don't wave you hand while spraying as this is ineffective.

  • A History Of Pepper Spray

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    Even though using pepper spray didn’t start to be popular as a self defense product until the 1980’s, history discloses that red chili pepper was in use for personal protection in ancient India and China.

    There are quite a few historical documents showing it’s use in China thousands of years ago. Chinese people and even warriors had a innovative technique of making use of this spice; and it included wrapping grounded cayenne in rice papers making it easy to throw in the faces of people and break.

    It was favored as a weapon of choice for self defense because it would incapacitate a person momentarily. The secret martial art society in ancient Japan called the Ninjas has been using grounded pepper for disabling their adversaries for hundreds of years.

    Historical data reveals that in the Tokagawa Empire era in Japan, starting in the early 1600’s, the police used a weapon called the Metsubishi. It was a Japanese weapon created to blind an enemy, used by ninja and law officers who might prefer to take someone alive, the Metsubishi was a little square or round box that was hollow and could be opened and loaded with different powders from pepper to ground glass depending on what they were trying to accomplish. A mouthpiece was then installed to the box and a short tube to make it easy for the powders to be blown into the face of the target. It was a very small and easily concealed weapon.

  • Maryland Woman Defends Herself With Pepper Spray

    Authorities say a woman used pepper spray to defend herself against a man who allegedly attacked her outside her Salisbury home.

    At around 12:23 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Salisbury police officers responded to the 700 block of Roger Street where they met with a woman who stated she had been attacked from behind in her driveway by a male suspect wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans. According to police, the victim stated that she sprayed her attacker with pepper spray that she keeps for personal defense.

    Investigators said the information the victim provided was relayed to responding units and officers and K-9 “Miso” searched the neighborhood. According to police, a suspect was located on the 300 block of Prince Street, a short distance from where the assault is allegedly occurred.

    Police said the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Brian Stewart Harcum Jr. of Salisbury, was wearing clothing matching the description of the woman’s attacker. Police also noted that Harcum had tears in his eyes and mucus coming from his nose, which is indicative of the effects of pepper spray.

    Harcum was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He is being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond.

    The victim was not injured in the assault, police said.

    Good for this woman taking the responsibility to defend herself and not depending on others, including police.

  • What is Pepper Spray

    Hello and welcome,

    It occurred to me today that not everyone knows what Pepper Spray is and how it works, so I thought I might share this with you. It comes in a aerosol and is used in self defense against human attackers, dogs and bears. It can be great to have to not old ward of attacks from humans but also dogs, while walking or riding a bicycle. It also might surprise you that we do have a lot of bears in the S.W. Florida area. We do offer a great bear spray, (Guard Alaska® Bear Spray) to help you if encounter one of the furry creatures.

    The active ingredient in Pepper Spray is Oleoresin Capsicum, OC for short. Its a inflammatory agent and when sprayed in the face of a attacker will result in major tearing and burning of the eyes, some temporary blindness along with breathing issue's rendering the attacker helpless for a while. It will give you enough time to hike it out of there and call the Police.

    Wishing you all good health!

    Peter

     

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