Well, we could be Britain or, indeed, most of Europe where pepper spray is considered to be at the level of machine guns and rocket launchers. Result, controlled for population, Switzerland, where pepper spray is classified as a self defense item rather than a weapon, has 84 times fewer rapes than Britain.
The commenters are instructive pulling out every ploy. If women have pepper spray, rapists will just use weapons as a counter. Or, the purely intellectual question of whether the subset of women who might carry pepper spray might not be the same as the subset who are raped or at risk or rape. Best of all, the argument that most rapes are by someone close to the woman rather than strangers and she might not keep the pepper spray close-by in such situations.
Maybe, as part of Feinstein’s ‘assault weapons’ ban, we could add an amendment that would completely legalize all of Joe Biden’s shotgun advice. We don’t need AR 15′s according to Joe, we just need a shotgun. And, this, the advice of no less than the vice-President of the US. A perfect matching bookend to Senator Feinstein.