Bug Spray Warning

A Reasonable Idea

There is a suggestion floating around the internet on places like Facebook, Twitter, etc. The suggestion is to get yourself a big can of wasp & hornet spray (a pesticide) for protection – not from bug, but from criminals.

wasp sprayYou see, it is getting more and more difficult for honest, law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms. On the other hand, criminals are becoming anything but more friendly. Therefore, some are suggesting that using a can of wasp spray is a good alternative to a gun. Here’s an example from a post on Facebook…

[Wasp spray] can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate [than pepper spray], while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. [A church secretary] keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.

A Legal Problem

Having an inexpensive form of self-defense sounds all fine and dandy, especially if you are the type who either cannot or won’t own a firearm. The only problem with using a can of bug spray is that it would be illegal. Yes, illegal.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why would I worry about using a can of bug spray on an attacker trying to harm me or take my life?” In a normal universe, it would seem perfectly acceptable to use anything at your disposal to defend your life, correct? Well, we don’t live in a world ruled by common sense, but by lawyers.

If you were casually walking through your house one day, and a burglar broke in and chased you through the garage, and you picked up the first thing handy, a can of bug spray, and shot him in the face, you might be OK. On the other hand, if you have a can sitting on your desk, or beside your bed, or in your purse, then you could get in real trouble.

bug sprayTake a look at the highlighted portion of the picture. There you will read the following: “It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.” As any trained pest control technician would tell you, “the label is the law.”

So, if you are ever forced to use your bug spray on an attacker, bear this in mind: a good defense attorney will have your skin for the premeditated illegal use of a potentially deadly substance. If your attacker is harmed in any way, don’t think for a moment that a sleazeball lawyer won’t take advantage of you “violating Federal law.” Your attacker may even get off without jail time, all because you hurt his feelings with anything but a double-barrel shotgun.

Law and Grace

When the law is all there is, legalists will seize any opportunity. There will always be someone willing to twist the law to his (or his client’s) own advantage.

Paul told Timothy, “we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully” (1 Timothy 1:8). Unfortunately, in this day and age, there are those who don’t always use the law for good, but for gain. Therefore, be careful.

Thank God for grace.

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6 responses to “Bug Spray Warning

  1. emt4636

    thanks for info keep up good work alo peeper wih foam works well extend range cuts down on wind promble

  2. This is why I’m grateful for my .45 that is almost always within reach!

  3. I hate these ridiculous ideas that spread around on Facebook. Pinterest is even worse, although you gentlemen probably haven’t been over there much.
    I used to think that the best idea to defend myself would be to shoot my assailant in the crotch. In my mind, that would be completely incapacitating and I wouldn’t have to kill anyone. However, my grandfather and brother informed me that if I did this rather than shoot to kill the potential rapist could sue me. This makes me angry.

    • You just said something that is worthy of examination: “shoot to kill.”

      One thing that I heard about Samurai is that, according to legend, a warrior would never draw his sword unless he intended to draw blood. And drawing blood with a sword like they carried meant death or dismemberment. People who own guns should have a similar mentality.

      Once my wife was talking with a federal agent (ICE). She mentioned how she wanted to carry a gun, but hoped that, if and when it was needed, she could just scare an attacker with it. At that point my wife was told, “If you pull a weapon on an attacker, you better be ready to kill him.” Why? Because once an assailant knows you are capable of using deadly force, he is just as likely to attempt to defend his own life.

      The point, I guess, is that if it comes to the point of pulling out a handgun, it’s gone beyond time for discussion; it’s now life or death. Therefore, don’t ever pull one out unless you intend to kill. If you do, and you hesitate, it could cost your life.

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