By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
When watching American movies we see women fending off unwanted harassment from leering men by using mace. Growing up in Canada I always found it funny as I thought the women were using hairspray to fend off predators. Why? Mace is a prohibited weapon in Canada’s criminal code, under Canada’s Firearms Act. It is, however, legal to purchase less potent forms, such as bear or dog spray, although it is illegal to use these against other people.
Carrying pepper spray is punishable of up to ten years in prison in Canada. The impetus behind this law was to prevent assailants from weaponizing this substance but what has happened is it has disarmed victims.
In the States, even in gun-free zones, women can carry pepper spray to fend off potential predators. It is rarely dispatched but it provides potential victims comfort, knowing they can defend themselves. While I am largely a supporter of absolute firearm liberty, I recognize that for some, be it somebody who does not feel comfortable using a gun or somebody in a gun free zone, a pepper spray is an alternative. In Canada, potential victims are left defenceless.
Women, biologically, are the weaker sex. They lack the upper body strength men have. Without a weapon, women are vulnerable in the face of predatory men. The weapons are equalizers. Ideally we would be able to legally carry firearms, however in Canada guns are taboo. While we should try to destigmatize carrying guns, we should push for the immediate legalization of pepper spray, as a matter of self defense.
Pepper spray is legal in the United States but is illegal in the UK and many other western countries. These countries often also have strict gun control and women are left defenseless if they meet a predator. We need recognize that the legalization of pepper spray is not only an issue of liberty but an issue of women’s rights.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.