Gainesville stores are sold out of pepper spray and rape whistles following a string of four attacks on and around UF’s campus since Aug. 30.
The Target on Archer Road is completely sold out of self-defense tools. The Walmart Supercenter on Northeast 12th Avenue is also sold out, as are the ones on Archer Road and Southwest 13th Street. Hibbett Sports on Archer Road is sold out as well.
There is still pepper spray in stock at the M&C Army Surplus store on Northwest 13th Street.
Female students at the University of Florida in Gainesville are arming themselves with Less Lethal devices after the news that three of their fellow students have been attacked. Now this puts the administration in sort of bind because according to their own policies, stuff like pepper spray is not kosher on campus.
Firearms or Other Weapons Violations. Possession, use, sale, or distribution of any firearm, ammunition, weapon or similar device not explicitly permitted under University of Florida Regulation 2.001. Prohibited devices include, but are not limited to, stun guns, pellet guns, BB guns, paintball guns, slingshots, archery equipment, any dangerous chemical or biological agent, or any object or material, including but not limited to knives, capable of causing, and used by the offending person to cause, or to threaten physical harm.
Not for nothing, but to the students I say screw the policy and be as ready as you can be to fight. Gainesville seems to be a magnet for sick individuals going after females. Until this new predator is caught, I don’t expect to see the Administrators even considering expelling any female student that has been caught with a can of pepper spray or is carrying grandma’s knitting needles.