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What if the Savopoulos Family had Pepper Gel...

What if the Savopoulos family had pepper gel stationed in various parts of their house? They probably had an expensive alarm system, and they did have a surveillance system which led in part to the identification of their murderer, who, it is reported, they knew. Did they have any firearms? That's hard for us to know, but if they did, were they under lock and key and separated from the ammunition? If so, they were useless.

As you may know by now, the "mystery fire" at the mansion in Washington, DC was the home of Savvas and Amy Savopoulos and their three children.

Inside, authorities found four bodies – later identified as Savvas, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa.

(Full article from People here). (Earlier story by CNN here).

Savvas Savopoulos was CEO and president of American Iron Works, and the suspect, Daron Dylon Wint, is believed to have worked there at some point. Assuming the CEO would know the employee or former employee, it is entirely likely he would have opened his door to the familiar face. Whether he was asked inside or forced his way past the person answering the door is moot. What is germane to my point is the "what-if".

What if that house had pepper gel sprays lying about in various locations? A wall-mounted unit fixed above the doorknob would be a great idea. Since that likely would not be too stylish, a colorful canister designed to look like lipstick on a nearby table might be a better choice. There could have been a small pepper gel atop a dresser among the other things. If Wint had only a knife, this could have been easily grabbed and deployed while he was tying up the first victim; if he had a gun, he may have fired it before the pepper gel was deployed, but the likelihood of Wint making a fatal shot would have been very slim because pepper spray tends to greatly minimize the aim of even the greatest marksman due to the excruciating pain it causes.

Why would a gel be preferable to a spray (or fog) or a stream? Well, the excruciating pain it causes. The gel will totally minimize any back-spray or stray clouds, keeping the user and those around him much more comfortable. It also sticks like spray-glue to the target. I have used pepper spray before, and it was a small-angled cone covering about a 12-inch circle at 5 feet. There was some residual that came back to me, but it was only mildly unpleasant, so if a spray only was available to me, you bet I'd use it! The Lipstick Pepper Spray is easy to use, with colors that will blend in with any home decor.

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