Are we allowed to defend ourselves?

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Jim Bowman

Head-bashing and the like in broad daylight is in the news on our sometimes mean streets these days. Aux armes! would be the cry, except in Oak Park you're not supposed to carry anything. Nothing? Not quite, as I pointed out in a WJ column in December of '05.

Checking out village ordinances in the matter of citizens' weaponry, I eliminated the usual suspects, but then explained what's not mentioned in any ordinance, and so is not forbidden by Oak Park Fathers and Mothers in village hall. Here's what I said:

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That leaves Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, Taser, knife, blackjack. The pepper sprays are good for eight feet, says TBO Tech-dot-com, the Taser for 15, the stun gun for no feet: you have to touch someone to stun him. It comes disguised as umbrella or flashlight or something else if the citizen wishes.

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This is food for thought in view of increasing loss of confidence in our police department as shown in several recent letters to the editor of this publication.

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