It would the same situation in Ireland as it is in Denmark. It is illegal for women to defend themselves in Ireland. Who are the main users of pepper spray and mace for personal protection. Pepper spray works great against would be attackers. The women usually just need to take out the pepper spray dispenser to make the attacker back off.
I love the quote by the minister about the Guards - “The protection of life and property is a function of the Garda Síochána and civilians are only entitled to use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property,"
Especially the “reasonable force” bit.
Because anyone who has ever had to deal the real threat of serious street violence knows that the only way of avoiding very serious injury when all attempts at avoidance and de-escalation have failed - i.e you are dealing with some psycho who badly wants to hurt you - the only effective defense is immediate and extreme escalation. You keep stomping them and hitting them with anything to hand until they stop moving. Or go away. Because if you don’t they will do the same to you until you are beaten unconscious. Or worse.
“Reasonable force” will just get you very badly hurt. With serious life changing injuries.
It must be nice to live in the safe well protected world the mister has lived in all her life. With her Garda driver most of that time.
The other thing to remember is that in common law countries the police have no duty to protect you. Its not even a case of when you need help now the police are minutes away. US court cases have tested the common law principles of police forces and police duty on multiple occasions and there is no actual specific legal obligation of an officer of the law to protect any specific individual
“police have a general “public duty,” but that “no specific legal duty exists” unless there is a special relationship between an officer and an individual, such as a person in custody.”
Do the Police Have an Obligation to Protect You? - FindLaw.
And if a test case ever came up in Ireland the results would be pretty much the same. As a common law jurisdiction
Its stuff like that that has converted me over the years into a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. Because when push comes to shove you are on the own. The state and its apparat really does not give a fuck about you or your physical protection. Unless you are member of some special protected group. Which is always at the discretion of the state.
So of course they want to keep ordinary people disarmed, defenseless and unable to defend themselves. Totally at the mercy of the state.
Funnily enough the most orderly and safest country in Europe (and most democratic) is the only one where almost everyone is heavily armed. With genuine assault rifles in most homes. There is a real correlation here. The safest places in the US are the places with the highest gun ownership rates, the highest rates of concealed carry, and with open carry.
But you would never guess that from the BS that is published by the MSM.