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Pepper Spray for Self-Defense: The Middle Ground Between Words and Bullets – Critical Mas EP 70

In this insightful video, Massad Ayoob delves into the world of pepper spray, an essential tool for personal safety and self-defense. Discover how to use pepper spray responsibly and effectively to navigate that fine line between a kind word and a bullet. Massad offers some tips and techniques as well as some legal insights and expert advice. Website: Massad Ayoob Group: Get our newsletter: Subscribe: Youtube Community: Facebook: Instagram: Critical Mas(s) with Massad Ayoob is a show that provides expert analysis over a wide range of contemporaneous topics related to civilian and law enforcement self-defense, the use of force, and second amendment issues, provided by a renowned and established author with a career spanning decades in training law enforcement officers and the public at large, who is frequently called upon to provide expert witness testimony. ABOUT MASSAD AYOOB: Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement columnist for AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of some twenty books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme” and “Deadly Force,” widely considered to be authoritative texts on the topic of the use of lethal force. The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, Mas has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships. Ayoob was the first person to earn the title of Five Gun Master in the International Defensive Pistol Association. He is the current President of the Second Amendment Foundation. He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In addition to teaching for those groups, he has also taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators seminars. Mas has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and served as a fully sworn and empowered, part-time police officer for 43 years, mostly at supervisor rank. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group. He has appeared on CLE-TV delivering continuing legal education for attorneys, through the American Law Institute and American Bar Association, and has been retained to train attorneys to handle deadly force cases through the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Ayoob served for two years as co-vice chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also appeared in each episode of Personal Defense TV (Sportsman’s Channel). #MassadAyoob #WilsonCombat #CriticalMas


S says:

I live in FL and man down here some people are nuts. I would be afraid if you sprayed a SOB that deserved it as u mentioned. Then they pull a gun and start shooting down here. Like the mad Rhino scenario. It has its place but theres a lot of things that go with it to think about.

Dave Betch says:

In France, you get 3 months suspended for using pepper spray.

Guruthos Sindarin says:

When I started carrying a firearm, I started carrying pepper spray, and started avoiding dangerous areas, because I really don't want to take a life.

Jay Hockley says:

Ive had pepper spray clog up after using it .
I like CRC Throttle body / Carb cleaner spray in the small can .
Either that or Wasp spray .

Seth B says:

God help you if your assailant is upwind in a stiff breeze. God help you if you spray your assailant attacks you after he has been sprayed. You will have that spray all over you. I will talks and try to flank my assailant and get all the way around and upwind from my assailant rather than downwind before spraying. I managed to save ONE single solitary promotional Union 76 (gas station) Louisville Slugger Tire Thumper. The cops loved to confiscate those. I carried a kiddie T ball bat around for a while. I was coming from a girl's softball game with part (most) of the team and this cop who pulled me over ask why I had the small T ball bat. I had to remove it from the softball bat bag, because it was illegal to have in the dugout. He sneered at me and said, "I coach girl's softball" then stuck the bat under the rocker panel of the car and broke the bat. Just then the my stepdaughter's little brother started crying, "He broke my bat!". Yeah, it was little Danny's favorite T ball bat. We took it everywhere. Danny had put it in the bag for his sister to use. That poor cop felt about 7 inches tall. He pulled me over about a week later while I had Danny in the car and took us to a sporting goods store.

Jim Hovater says:

I'm a former LEO. My department used Freeze +P. When certified with it, it had no effect on me, as I know can happen. What is a good spray for EDC today?

Ken Huckins says:

Also told it's the safest way to breakup a dog fight.

Old Cop says:

I retired in ‘97 when we were just getting pepper spray & before tasers so I never used it. My wife carries pepper spray & I keep one by the front door just in case.

rdhatzuni says:

So,. Who else is google updateding there stuff. I've tried deleting the program.. but it keeps wanting to update.. is this the end of cell phone service??

Johnny Pranin says:

Even though I'm a gun guy, my PRIMARY line of defense is OC spray.

Roughly a year ago, I had an instance where I believe I was a heartbeat away from having to use pepper spray to save a gas station clerk.

I was waiting in line at a gas station to buy a protein bar. Right before my turn, there was a super tall guy about 6ft 6 and dressed in a hoodie who started swearing at and berating the clerk. Couldn't make out much of what he was saying because he was using lots of street slang. Judging from his expression, body language, etc. he looked like he was about to throw down on the clerk.

I was extremely nervous. I was thinking this really could be a moment of truth for me. So I maintained cool under pressure by applying 4 square breathing, reached into my pocket ready to draw my pepper spray if I had to. I also avoided eye contact with the tall guy.

Thankfully the guy didn't throw down on the clerk. The clerk started dialing 911 and the guy ran off. As I paid for my lunch, I was talked with the clerk about the tall guy. He pointed out that this guy had been in there before stealing things. I went on to let him know that in case the guy returns and attacks him while I'm there, I've got my pepper spray handy. He was relieved. He then asked if he could have my pepper spray LOL. I was a little hesitant at first, then thought "What the heck. I can buy another one at my local gun shop." So I gave the clerk my pepper spray.

Got to be a good Samaritan that day, just not in the way I expected.

pwpt6 says:

How about a video on tasers? I would think they would be in the same classification as the pepper spray.

Fred Haferkamp says:

Great stuff. Saved allot of colar bones from being whacked with my night stick

Steve H says:

I have used the streamer type and made sure I wasn't spraying against the wind. A speck of it got into my eye since it floats around for a while. I could see the specks of spray floating in the air and had moved away, I was near a street light at night. Lord! Even one speck was painful and blinding.

American Conservative University says:

Very helpful. Thanks

A S says:

It’s crazy to me that part of training with pepper spray is taking the hit at least once to understand the strength of what you’re doing to someone and that’s like a completely normal concept. Imagine if we did that for shooting guns lmao

Tony Lam says:

There was an incident here in Chicago over the summer, where a guy walking his dog came upon a woman being carjacked (or robbed it’s hard to keep track) and he used BEAR REPELLENT SPRAY (that he carried to protect himself from street crime and stray dogs)
It worked and the woman was safe and the criminal took off.

JustSayN2O says:

Any companies manufacture pepper spray canisters with red dot sights?
Hey I'm only kidding.

James Canterbury says:

I was really incapacitated when I took the class. I also believe I was told that not everyone reacts to it. Drugs or alcohol

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