With pepper spray becoming a weapon of choice among punks and thugs in Winnipeg, the Globe and Mail reports, the Manitoba government is moving toward can control. Here on the fringes we used to make jokes about extending the "logic" of gun control to other weapons but, as so often, satire cannot keep up with government. If the bad guys are eventually reduced to hitting citizens with rocks we'll get a movement for the registration of stones and, probably, pointed sticks as well. The alternative would be to admit that cans don't spray people, people do. But that would involve holding folks morally accountable for their choices which will never do, because if there's one kind of control that's not popular these days, it's self-control.