Originally Posted by Weezer
So what *are* you folks allowed to use for self defense in Canada?
A big stick? A horse whip?
I've never needed to defend myself with anything other than a raised fist in Canada.
However, I am not naive to the fact that the rest of the world has it's issues and it's not always that simple. Nor do I have any misconceptions that Canada is some great Utopian paradise. We have our criminal element too.
You are allowed to respond with necessary force to defend yourself. Necessary force would be force equal and proportionate to that used against you. For example: if a guy jumps out of the bushes, has a big stick and you shoot him, you're probably going to have a hard time explaining that.
Like wise if you Pepper spray a Drunk guy because he's pounding at your front door. The reasoning is that if you don't open the door, the situation never escalates past some guy pounding on your door and the drunk will eventually go away. Crimes against property are looked at very differently than crimes against persons here. Him pounding on your door and damaging it is crimes against property, your pepper spraying him in an assault and crime against person.
In reality, an RCMP officer will most likely exercise his discretion and let you off right there if the situation seems to warrant it. Like a female at home in the middle of the night and a drunk is making "active" attempts to enter the house, she's called the police and the drunk finally breaks in. She sprays him and the police show up. They would likely confiscate her spray, let here know it is illegal, haul the guy away and that would be the end of the issue for her.
I'm military, I've been to several "hotspots" and I seen and done a thing or two I wish I had never seen or done... so I've got a pretty decent bead on the evil that lurks in some men's hearts.
The states has it's own set of issues and their own solutions to them. That's cool. Your country, your choices. I was only trying to pass on info to those planning a trip to the great white north so there are no unpleasant surprises at the border.
Fore-warned is fore-armed.