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.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Small things amuse small minds

Funny (or sad) that Taser feels the urge to take credit for this trivial incident.

Headline: Taser Helps Save Toddler From Locked Car

Read the Taser news release [LINK] and you eventually get to the part where they reveal that it was the taser's laser pointer that was used to draw the toddler's attention to the car door Unlock button. In other words, if the officer had been carrying a 9mm Glock with a laser pointer, then he could have done the same thing.

Of course, this does provide a clear example of the taser (with laser pointer) actually being used as a replacement for the gun (with laser pointer). And I suppose that the taser might actually be safer than the gun in this example, only because the child is protected behind the glass.

Personally, I would have simply called a tow truck where the operators can typically open a locked car door in 20 seconds or so.

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