Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Monday, March 3, 2008

"You won't find them..." Really?

"Why don't you ask to see the 'several reliable studies' that supposedly indicate that the Taser is dangerous? You won't find them..." Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.)

Capt. That gross factual error gets you an automatic 'F' grade.

There are many such studies, but you won't find them highlighted in your brainwashing propaganda from Taser. I'm not going to list them all, but it only requires one to prove you wrong. Here are several:

1) 'Acute Effects of TASER X26 Discharges in a Swine Model', Dennis et al.
2) 'TASER X26 Discharges in Swine Produce Potentially Fatal Ventricular Arrhythmias', Walter et al.
3) 'TASER® X26 discharges in swine: Cardiac rhythm capture is dependent on discharge vector', Valentino et al
4) 'Duration of Discharge of Neuromuscular Incapacitating Device and Inappropriate Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Detections', Calton et al
5) 'Cardiac Electrophysiological Consequences of Neuromuscular Incapacitating Device Discharges', Nanthakumar et al

This is by no means an exhaustive list. And the list of such studies will only increase now that the Taser monopoly on taser studies has been broken.

And, as I've already pointed out many times, the X26 taser is more dangerous than the older models.

Meyer: "Tasers have been in police use for 30 years."

The most dangerous taser, the X26, was introduced in 2003. Models with shooting barbs that tend to be aimed across the chest are also fairly new (1999?). Your statements are propaganda and very misleading.

PS: Capt's column is "Sponsored by Taser" which explains the very high level of crapola.

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