Forever are the debates about 9mm vs 45ACP, or if a 22 round stop an intruder. Well, a Chicago company has decided that the ultimate caliber for self defense is… Salt and Pepper?! A less lethal option to a traditional firearm shooting copper and lead is a firearm that shoots salt and pepper and thus begins marketing a paintball style gun that shoots salt pellets.
In the company’s own words…
Salt Supply Co. has designed a paintball-style gun that shoots pellets filled with pepper spray that rupture on impact. The Salt gun is designed to be a safe alternative to traditional firearms so that nobody gets killed, including children who might discover the gun and think it’s a toy, or a family member that’s mistaken for a burglar.
“We keep it in our nightstand because it’s not deadly, you don’t have to lock it up,” said CEO Adam Kennedy. “You should feel comfortable having this by your bed, because your kid can’t kill himself with this.”
Kennedy said that he co-founded the startup with his Chicago neighbor Andy McIntosh. Both men travel a lot for work and they don’t want to leave their wives alone and defenseless in a neighborhood where shootings are frequent. But their wives didn’t want guns in the house. So they came up with Salt.
The $300 handgun is powered by CO2 cartridges and holds seven .70-caliber slugs. They contain ghost pepper extract encased in a ball that breaks on impact like an egg. He said it causes the lungs to constrict, as they would during an asthma attack.
He said the shooter does not have to hit the intruder directly, since every shot releases a five-foot spray of pepper extract.
While less lethal “Weapons” have been on the market for decades, and there is nothing wrong with a less lethal alternative, this is a new one. But let us disect the company’s words. “We keep it in our nightstand because it’s not deadly, you don’t have to lock it up,” said CEO Adam Kennedy. “You should feel comfortable having this by your bed, because your kid can’t kill himself with this.”
They are breaking a very major rule of firearm safety! I treat all firearms as if they are… firearms… this includes laser training pistols which are even less deadly that a salt gun. I also teach my children the same. However while it may be true that the firearm is less deadly and a child won’t be killed, I would be willing to bet a child could lose an eye. A better alternative to leaving your salt GUN laying around is teaching your child firearm safety.
Stop. Don’t touch. Tell an Adult.
The co-founders Kennedy and McIntosh stated they both travel alot for work and don’t want to leave their wives defenseless. I would argue they are doing that very thing by leaving their wives with a salt gun. I haven’t been shot by this new device but I have been shot by a BB gun as a child and since they use the same C02 propulsion, I have also allowed myself to be sprayed with pepper spray, I can tell you this less lethal option wouldn’t stop a violent intruder intent on doing you harm, nor would it stop an attacked hopped up on drugs.
I’d consider this to be a good willed attempt to offer a means of self defense to those people who have an irrational fear of firearms. All the same rules of training that would apply to a firearm should also be applied to this salt gun, because it is a firearm. Simply having a tool for self defense is not enough if you don’t know how to safely and properly use the tool.
This good will attempt at self defense certainly may deter some violent criminals, but I would not put all my eggs in one basket. Less lethal has a place in the circle of self defense. 1) Avoidance. 2) De-escalation. 3) Flee. 4) Less lethal. 5) Lethal means. You see no rational person would immediately go to the firearm if given any other opportunity. However sometimes the firearm may be your first choice because of the circumstance. However sometimes less lethal means won’t stop an attack… then what do you do? If less lethal worked 100% of the time, there would be no need for lethal tools of self defense.