Pepper Spray and Home protection on Gingerday.
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Someone broke into the apartment of the neighbours of the Spaniard(phew) the other night. They slapped one of the chaps around, tied them up and robbed them. She of course slept through the whole thing as she wears ear plugs, even though there was an ambulance and the guards called. She told me this yesterday evening after we watched John Malkovich take a small axe to an intruder he caught in his house. I turned my usual shade of grey as I immediately imagined what might have happened if it had been her place they had hit.
Jesus. It's bloody frightening to think of intruders in your home creeping around in the dark. Very bloody frightening indeed.
I find it interesting to note the reactions in some quarters to news that the Guards will now be carrying pepper spray or incapacitating spray. The Irish Council of Civil Liberties had this to say on the matter.
"Pepper spray weapons – including their active ingredients and their chemical solvents and propellants – can have damaging short and long-term effects on a number of bodily systems and functions. These weapons are particularly dangerous if used against people whose health is impaired or on young people."
Er quite. It is still better than getting shot though. And considering attacks on Guards are on the increase it makes sense to me to arm them with non lethal weapons such as pepper spray.
I think I'd go the whole hog and arm them with actual guns. I would also like to own my own gun too while I'm at it. Something with a pearl handle. Light enough to carry, but with sufficient wallop.
Of course that's unlikely to happen in this country so I shall remain gunless and hope I never get attacked out on the street or have anyone break into my home in the middle of the night. I do have a golf club beside my bed and I would have no hesitation at all in teeing off on an intruder's head should I get the chance, but I don't want to ever find myself in that situation. There's always the chance you miss and then what?
But what can we do to stay safe? I'm forever lecturing Gothy to be 'aware' when she's out and about at night. I've told her if she's ever grabbed scream blue fucking murder and run like hell.
I should follow my own bloody advice and stop running after dark with my ipod on, indeed I have to a certain extent. I lock my windows and doors at night, we're usually very careful in that respect. But what else can a body do?
Well not a whole lot actually.
So I'm twitchy today. Twitchy and I've pulled a muscle in my neck by doing nothing more strenuous than stretching. And I have a cold. And the marathon is only days away. And my friend could very easily have been attacked at night in her apartment.
Twitchy I tell you.