“The first right of every human being is the right of self-defense. Without that right, all other rights are meaningless. The right of self-defense is not something the government bestows upon its Citizens – and self defense is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the laws of society”
Pepper spray, used in self defense against human attackers, comes in an aerosol form and its active ingredient is OC (oleoresin capsicum) – a term used in reference to chile peppers. The heat of a chile pepper is measured by the amount of capsaicin it contains – the more capsaicin, the hotter the bite. The Scoville scale rates capsaicin heat in peppers: a bell pepper gets a rating of zero Scoville units, while a habanero (hottest of the hot peppers) is rated at 300,000 units. Pure capsaicin is rated at 15,000,000 and most pepper sprays would be rated around 2-5,000,000. If you’ve ever bitten into a jalapeno pepper and experienced its fiery sting at a mere 5000 Scoville units, imagine the bite of a mouthful of pepper spray.
OC is an inflammatory agent. Contact with mucous membranes like eyes, nose, throat and lungs causes instant capillary dilation. This results in major tearing of the eyes, if not temporary blindness, and breathing restriction. Sprayed into an attacker’s face, pepper spray is an excellent self defense product – the victim will be incapacitated long enough for you to get away or get help. And the effects are not long lasting; you needn’t worry that you’ve caused damage.
Pepper spray should only be used to defend yourself, a person or animal, or your property. The intention of pepper spray is to be able to take down a human attacker – even a full grown adult male – for several minutes. Pepper spray should never be used on a human who presents no physical danger to you. Always remember that while pepper spray is a great tool to protect yourself from a real physical threat, it should not be used in all situations. This device is meant for adults or animals who are physically attacking – not for discipline purposes or for fun.
In Denmark possession of pepper spray is illegal for private citizens. As of 2008, police officers carry pepper spray as part of their standard equipment.
Danish Peoples Party (Dansk Folkeparti) wants to legalize pepper spray so that residents can protect themselves from assailants. Dansk Folkeparti’s values spokesperson Pia Kjærsgaard says: “Pepper spray is a useful tool for temporarily incapacitating robbers and other violent criminals. It leaves no lasting negative effects so I don’t understand why pepper spray wasn’t legalised long ago,”
The Danish Police is against the proposal, however, and argues it would only cause more violence. “As soon as criminals think their victims have pepper spray, they will find the need to protect themselves against it which could mean many more assailants could start carrying guns,” Police Union chairman Claus Oxfeldt said.
My view is that using a pepper spray against an intruder could save your Life. Legalization of owning pepper spray as a personal defense weapon, wouldn’t lead criminals to use it more often since they already don’t care if weapons are legal or not. In Denmark we have seen some very violent home robberies, with people getting hit by knifes or hard blows by a heavy object, which has caused death for some innocent victims. I beleive that a pepper spray could have stopped the robbery already at the door step, and some people that got killed by the intruders could have been alive today if the state had given them the right to defense themselves…