With so many anti-gun lawmakers in US politics who want our legal system to be more like Europe and the rest of the world, this story should be a striking reminder of what it’s really like across the pond.
A 17-year-old girl was physically and sexually attacked in central Sønderborg on Wednesday at around 10pm. So she used the only weapon she had to fight off her attacker, a can of pepper spray.
Most of us would consider this a fairly innocuous way to defend one’s self, but she is now in legal hot water while her attacker is on the loose.
According to thelocal.dk,
The girl was able to save herself from further assault by using pepper spray on the attacker, but now she may be the one who ends up in legal trouble.
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd.
The case has sparked a backlash among some Danes who point to increasing reports of sexual harassment in Sønderborg and other Danish cities at the same time that police say they are stretched too thin to properly carry out their duties.
Numerous readers wrote in the comments section on TV Syd’s story about the incident that they would be willing to pay the girl’s fine, which will most likely be 500 kroner.
The man who attacked the 17-year-old fled from the scene and has not been charged.
Sexual assaults have been in the news in Sønderborg recently after several women in the town reported earlier this month that they sometimes feel harassed by the aggressive behaviour of some male asylum seekers and refugees at the local asylum centre.
It is not known, however, if the assailant in this latest incident was an asylum seeker or refugee.
This is the rationale we are fighting against here in the US as well. It’s a line of thinking that you don’t have the right to protect yourself, and this only serves to give the criminals and deviants free reign to carry out their atrocities.
If the government of Denmark doesn’t even want women to be able to protect themselves with pepper spray, good luck stopping armed criminals on a larger scale.
This story should serve as a warning as to what can happen here if we give the anti-gun movement what it wants rather than fighting for our 2nd amendment rights.