Mace WTFkery

I am all about self-defense and the right to do whatever you have to in order to keep yourself safe.

That being said, I really do have to question the wisdom of carrying a mace dispenser that looks like a revolver.

Okay – yes, it’s nice that it gives you an LED laser for aiming, though to be honest, I think in most situations where a woman pulls out her mace, she’s probably not thinking along such tactical lines.

I guess my main issue with carrying anything gun-shaped is that it probably has the potential to escalate an ugly situation into something much worse – particularly if there is a police officer involved. And having a pink gun isn’t necessarily going to be enough to get you out of the situation – there are plenty of real guns that are pink. Yes, a good cop should be able to assess a situation correctly before making assumptions – however, if it’s dark or the officer only catches a quick glimpse of what looks like firearm, he or she is within his rights to take offensive action, particularly if the officer can articulate that they deemed it a justifiable threat.  (And incidentally, macing a police officer does give him the right to shoot you.)

Not only that, but if you pull such a thing on someone who *is* carrying an actual firearm, the situation has now been escalated into something where you will probably lose.

I dunno. My own opinion is that if you’re going to carry a gun shaped weapon, you might as well carry an actual gun. You’re less likely to just whip it out as a casual threat, but if you do have to pull it, you’ve at least got the knowledge that there’s now an even playing ground.

This entry was posted in guns, wtf. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Mace WTFkery

  1. Donna Hole says:

    "My own opinion is that if you're going to carry a gun shaped weapon, you might as well carry an actual gun."

    Exactly.  A gun is not a "cutsey" thing, at least not in my opinion.  If you're going to carry any weapon – including mace – you should be serious about the consequences, and the responsibility for your actions.

    ……….dhole

  2. Shawna says:

    I'd tend to agree with you except I'd love something that would 'aim' my mace. My biggest fear is that, if I needed it, I'd whip it out and spray myself. That said, you're right about the gun shape–asking for trouble.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge