THE EDITOR: With the increase in attacks against women in TT and a government that is unable to effectively handle the onslaught of the criminal elements, it is my hope that pepper spray is decriminalised as crime has become completely out of control with no hope that the current situation will improve soon.
Pepper spray is a great non-lethal weapon to have in one’s possession, especially if travelling alone at night. It is an invaluable instrument of self-defence since it possesses the remarkable ability to inflame the mucous membranes of the attacker’s eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
The criminal is temporarily blinded and also experiences breathing problems as the pepper spray is extremely pungent. The effects usually last long enough to allow the victim to escape.
Pepper spray in a woman’s is a powerful tool that can save lives and mishaps of the worst kind.