Liberals War on Women – Right to Self Defense EH
Why are women in Canada denied even pepper or bear spray to defend themselves against attack?
The violent attack on Julie Paskall of British Columbia, police suspect robbery to be the motive, caused me to revisit an issue which has long been disturbing.
Women in Canada (men too, but let me focus on our wives, mothers, sisters and daughters) are denied by criminal law the right to carry something as fundamentally protecting as pepper or bear spray.
Why do we tolerate this? Why do we permit federal politicians to sell us the dangerous nonsense that for a woman to carry pepper or bear spray is more dangerous to the woman than carrying, nothing? Forget the self-serving argument that an attacker may wrestle the pepper or bear spray from your mother, sister, wife or daughter. If the most important women in your life were carrying such basic protection they would have an opportunity to disable an attacker temporarily and escape.
Amanda Collins is a young American Mom. Amanda is a rape survivor. As a student at the University of Nevada-Reno, she was attacked and raped at gunpoint and within feet of the campus police station.
Amanda had a concealed carry permit for her handgun, but the campus is a gun-free zone and Amanda respected that rule. Today Amanda argues that had she been carrying her gun she may have had the opportunity to protect herself, as well as the two other women raped and a third killed by her attacker later.
Rules confusing around bear, pepper spray
So can that little can of dog spray dangling on your keychain be illegal? Or that cannister of bear spray you bought?
“It might be, depending on how strong it is,” said Solomon Friedman, Ottawa criminal defence lawyer and firearms law expert.
“I’ve certainly seen people charged with carrying a concealed weapon.”
The murky area can also surround how it’s carried and the intent of the person carrying it.
If you are intending to hurt someone with it, or actually do, that is illegal.
Carrying bear spray is legal for use against bears. Carrying bear spray in the city where you’re unlikely to see a bear?
You could be charged with carrying a concealed or restricted weapon. And actually using it as a weapon can mean a host of other charges, including assault with a weapon and administering a noxious thing.
Edward L. Burlew, LL.B., Barrister and Solicitor, is a Canadian lawyer and gun rights advocate. He is one of only three lawyers in Canada who specializes in the byzantine labyrinth of contradictions that is Canadian gun law, being widely recognized as possibly the foremost expert on the subject in that country