OC and the Use Of Force Continuum
New member OldHickory61 made a remark, that was interpreted as deragatory, about people who carry OC spray in the http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ry-set-up.html thread. TheGreatGonzo had some good replies, and overall I think there is some really good "food for thought" from both OldHickory61 and TheGreatGonzo.
Given that criminals, by nature of what they do, often have the advantage of action vs reaction on the armed law-abiding citizen, does adding a non-lethal weapon like OC spray help or hinder and armed citizen?
John Bostain, and instructor for the Enforcement Operations Division of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center argued, in respect to LEOs work, that Use of Force Continuums " try to anticipate the suspect’s actions and equate them with a predetermined officer response."(*) He went on to say "Use of Force continuums are a cognitive tool, and they’re not very useful in the rapidly evolving dynamics of a critical incident."
It certainly seems to me the logic is relavent to an armed civilian, who must make rapid choices in stressful, dynamic, evolving situations. Does adding OC spray to one's EDC actually put one in danger by increasing his decision matrix under stressful situations? Is there a way to train that reduces the ambiguity that carrying OC spray brings while retaining the benefits?
I've taken handgun training and one of the key things that was emphasized was universality and simplicity of our systems. In that context, I think this is an interesting discussion and would love to hear some informed opinions.
*Use of Force Continuum (podcast transcript) — Federal Law Enforcement Training Center