Robbery using Pepper Spray (instead of handgun)

Three men attempting to rob a Loop Old Navy store Tuesday by deploying pepper spray fled without stealing anything.

Three men entered a retail store at 35 N. State St. about 7 p.m. and one of them deployed pepper spray or a similar chemical agent on three patrons in an attempted robbery, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

(Full story here.)

I wouldn’t normally post this (it’s really just another crime in the city) but it goes with the story below, about guns not being the problem.

Bad people will do what bad people do.  Should we read this story and demand a nation-wide ban on pepper spray?  Of course not, that’s not the answer.

The answer is to demand a nationwide ban on criminals.  We need to enforce the laws we have on the books already regarding not just weapons but robbery, auto theft, assault, etc.  The Cook County Courts system must stop being a revolving door where criminals go in and out month after month.

Until we get serious about crime, banning handguns, high-capacity magazines, pepper spray, knives, 2×4’s, is making it more difficult for law abiding people to protect themselves in a city that is short 2,500 police officers.