very wrong, since firearms are lethal while pepper sprays are not. there are days of reading on the subject if interested, but there is a bottom line. you need to know what you're carrying, be it spray or firearm. you need to be very familiar and effective with either, maybe trained is a better word. Lastly, the spray or firearm has to be instantly accessible, in other words, you have to wear it in the open, can't be under layers of clothing or packed away in the gear. reminds me of the guy i met walking down the road near Chicken, he had his Dirty Harry 44 mag in a cross draw chest holster on the outside of his coat, that kind of accessible. i guess i could add...don't be stupid around bears. i've used poor judgement around bears a few times to get a photo, but i quit doing that stuff before my luck runs out.