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, May 5, 2008

Jonathan Kay on the CMAJ Taser study

National Post [LINK]

Nice article, but he's still falling for the 'better than a gun' theory. Oh don't get me wrong - it's a true theory (sometimes).

But this small truth is completely swamped out by the larger truth that ratio of present-day taser use to the historical and accepted rate of the police actually shooting people with a gun is roughly 100-to-1 (varies widely).

RCMP claims that they've 'saved' 4000 Canadians using the taser in recent years. Excuse me? Without the taser, they would have had to shoot 4000 people with their revolvers? Are you insane?

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