I have witnessed and been made aware of more aggressive behavior by our local element in the Pueblo Colorado area. Sometimes this element is pestering you for money in one of the local popular shopping areas such as Barnes and Noble or King Soopers parking lot, sometimes it is the younger more aggressive crowd that thinks the world owes them something that to be honest they have not really earned. I personally witnessed one assault verbal and somewhat physical the other morning at a local restaurant and management did nothing to stop it. It took everything I had to stay out of it, and if you know me you know I’m not likely to stand by and watch somebody be abused by a group of young drunk or high (on drugs) individuals. But I told myself in the famous words of a world-renowned Instructor “Not my people Not my problem!”
You have to remember that it is a privilege to be legally armed in public. Just because you are carrying a gun does not mean that you are ok to jump to everyone’s rescue. I tell most of my students that this privilege is for you to protect yourself and your family from death or serious grave bodily injury and you should refrain from sticking your nose into others problems. Especially when there is no danger of death or serious bodily injury.
That being said I think everyone should consider always having a less than lethal form of protection available to you at a moments notice so that you can handle these types of incidents if they spill over into your space and they are not deadly force threats. Remember the quote that says “if all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail!” Well, this is quite true if you are carrying a concealed firearm and that is all you have. You are more likely to use it when it is not appropriate.
So recently I have become a big advocate of OC Oleoresin Capsicum sprays (pepper spray). These sprays come in very easy to carry sizes made for runners and bicycle riders and they are easily deployed with a little pepper spray training. I talked to a senior citizen female today that said a man reached into her car last week while trying to panhandle and for me this would be the straw that broke the camels back. She had her window down and we discussed the bad situations you put yourself in when doors are not locked and windows are not rolled up.
Pepper spray is legal in Colorado and can be deployed when someone scares you and you are in a situation where deadly force would not be justified. These non-lethal attacks happen many times more often than lethal attacks do.
Just remember to call the authorities about the attack. You want to be the first one to the phone and report it. If the attacker reports it first and says you are crazy and you attacked them. You may have to defend yourself from a legal mess with the law.
Pepper spray is a chemical compound made from red pepper that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness it is used in policing and self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people in danger to use pepper spray in self-defense for an opportunity to escape. It also causes temporary discomfort and burning of the lungs which causes shortness of breath.
Major Capsaicinoids (MC) are the chemical components of peppers that make them hot. Measuring by MC is a laboratory conducted and very accurate test for gauging hotness. Oleoresin Capsicum is the oil extracted that contains within it the Major Capsaciniods.
The brands that I carry, Pepper Shot and Wildfire, have been tested for MC. Not many have. Our pepper sprays are equal to or better than the major brands out there: Mace, Fox Labs, and Sabre.
Pepper Shot is 1.2% and Wildfire is 1.4%. This makes Wildfire the most effective pepper spray you and your family can buy. I have these sprays available in easy to carry sizes and also have some practice sprays for those that would like to practice without fear of being sprayed themselves. In addition, I have training available for any person or group that would like to arrange it
Some Articles of Interest:
- Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round
- Massad Ayoob back in Colorado
- Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course
- Relevant Practice for Concealed Carry
- Eighty-Twenty Handgun Training Principal