With all the talk of late about pepper spray — meme, ecards, Bella toting it in Twilight (yes, I watched it again on FX) — I found myself wondering:
Is there a difference between pepper spray and mace?
Turns out they are two very different self defense products.
Mace is the brand name for an irritant similar to tear gas and usually has no effect on criminals under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that will immediately take down and cause temporary pain to an assailant. It inflames the capillaries of the eyes and skin causing temporary blindness, nausea, breathing difficulties and an intense burning sensation.
Makes you wonder why pepper spray was the self defense product ‘of choice’ at places like Walmart and Occupy Wall Street. Wouldn’t a simple irritant have been good enough?
(And wouldn’t nothing have been the best choice?)
Plus, this seems less funny now. And way more painful.