Frankly, non-lethal means are just one more tool in the toolbox and merit considered thought.
Some of us have family members who would hesitate before shooting somebody. In most cases, they would have NO hesitation in the aggressive application of non-lethal means.
One of the guys at the coffee table is absolutely in love with Wasp spray.
He has used this product on wasps and Yellow Jackets and watched it knock them out of the sky in mid-wingbeat. In his mind's eye, it would have absolutely the same effect on bad-guys walking down the hallway of his house.
There are multiple shortcomings in his logic.
If he is right, then it is still using lethal means. And a sharp lawyer might twist the blame onto the homeowner for using "cruel and unusual means".
He is likely wrong. Insects have a very large surface area-to-volume ratio compared to humans. If my math skills are up to the task, a honeybee (125mg mass) has a surface-to-mass ratio that is about 90 times greater than of a 90kg human. Further, spraying an insect results in a near 100% wet-out of its exterior. The only way to achieve a similar wet-out would be if the bad-guy were naked and pirouetting as he came down the hallway.
A minor factor is that humans have livers that can break-down many common insecticides. Yes, the liver can be overwhelmed, but the liver is pretty good at keeping up with the amount absorbed through "incidental" contact. This does not apply to some of the super-toxic, neuro-transmitter interrupters like azinphos-methyl...but you are not going to find those kinds of pesticides in consumer products like wasp spray.
One of the least desirable outcomes would be if the home owner blinded the bad-guy. Then, the bad-guy sues...he was just a confused drunk who got turned around and was looking for his keys. Kiss your assets good-bye.
The logic of all this bounced off our guy. He is in love with wasp spray.
|I recommend the four pack of the larger size. That way, you can practice actuating and aiming the package....best done outside, of course. Image from HERE|
And sometimes humor succeeds when logic fails.
The most compelling reason to use pepper spray was given by one of the guys at the coffee table.
Should you ever need to defend your actions in a court of law your defense team can make the following case: Pepper, by definition is a spice. Therefore, ipsi facto, any malfactor who is sprayed with pepper spray is a "seasoned" criminal.
And the use of pepper spray was justified.