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YouTube: VIDEO: humans4targets2: Can having pepper spray get you in trouble if you ever use your gun in self defense?

September 16, 2013

YouTube: VIDEO: humans4targets2: Can having pepper spray get you in trouble if you ever use your gun in self defense?

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LD September 16, 2013 at 7:33 am

Good points. I actually carry PS but was considering up to CC concerned about the increase in crime on our area and my handicapped child’s vulnerability. In reality, PS will not diffuse an adrenalin charged perp. I dealt with such a person three years ago. Being sidetracked by a fight temporarily abandons my handicapped child to the elements. PS OR CC, got it.

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Fran Taylor December 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

I live in Ma. and have been an Use of Force Instructor for 19 years, 10 of that as a pepper spray instructor.
I always carry pepper spray when I carry my handgun. I have had to use the pepper spray a couple times but not the gun. IF I didn’t have the spray, I may have felt pressured into using the gun because its all I would have had. Then I would have been in for a mess of legal problems, even if justified in using deadly force. Attorney expenses, time in court, sleepless nights, and the list goes on. All one has to do is play the game of “What IF” where you imagine situations of being accosted or physically attacked. Think tactics and what weapon is the right one for the situation. How wopuld you deploy your weapons? Even in Ma., which is so friggin strict on gun laws, if I needed to use deadly force and did so, I feel quite sure I would prevail in court. If I did not think I needed a gun, maybe I would spray or even just try to leave the confrontation quickly and peacefully if possible, then call police. I have no need to prove to anyone how “bad” I am by sticking around and fighting some idiot, especially if I am armed. If your going to go out afraid of carrying a weapon and leaving a less than lethal weapon at home and take the gun instead, you are more apt to have a real serious problem. The vast majority of problems always start as a verbal confrontation first. That’s the time to spray and /or retreat if possible. That gun should be the very last thing you want to use. Its the ultimate LAST RESORT. Too bad more cops in America don’t know that. Too many way to quick to go to the firearm, as can be seen on the news daily.

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