Women’s Right to Self Defense
Pepper Spray, mace Illegal in Canada
According to the Firearms Act of 1995 pepper spray is prohibited and illegal within Canada. Any device or substance such as pepper spray or mace that is designed to be used for the purpose of injuring, immobilizing or otherwise incapacitating a person is prohibited according to the Criminal Code of Canada.
Only law enforcement officers with permits are legally allowed to carry or possess pepper spray. If pepper spray is used on another person causing serious bodily harm or harming the environment it can carry a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 years. Since Canada is strict on self defense weapons most knives, handguns, tasers, and automatic rifles are also prohibited.
Self-defence is legal in Canada. So how come police and Crown prosecutors keep charging victims who have the courage to fight back against their attackers?
Two weeks ago I wrote about Michael Woodard, a 68-year-old from Honeydale, N.B.
On Dec. 19, Woodard found three burglars in his remote home, a 20-minute drive down a gravel road from the nearest blacktop.
The cops are nearly an hour away.
When one of the burglars clocked Woodard in the head with a tire iron, he managed to get to one of his legally owned long guns. He shot the skull-cracker in the leg, then followed the perps outside and fired a shot at their car as they sped off.
When police arrived, they arrested Woodard. He spent the weekend in jail until he could arrange bail. Now he faces more serious charges and longer jail time than the three little miscreants who invaded his home.
Why are women in Canada denied even pepper or bear spray to defend themselves against attack?
he 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.