Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

E-D straightens out NP's John Turley-Ewart

National Post (18 June 2008) - ... Mr. Kennedy suggests RCMP officers with less than 5 years experience should not be allowed to use a taser stun gun. Ok ... then what should they be allowed to use? The answer? A gun. ... [LINK]

My Comment (published [LINK]):

One of the most commonly-held myths regarding tasers is that they're a replacement for a gun. Anyone holding this view is simply exposing the fact that they haven't paid the slightest attention to the taser issue.

Fact: Tasers are used about 100 times as often as guns ever were. This figure varies widely, but it is a good round number.

Would the RCMP have shot Mr. Dziekanski with a gun if they'd lacked the taser? Would the RCMP have shot 82-year old Mr. Lasser in his hospital bed if they'd lacked a taser. The examples are endless.

The statistics tell the same story, hundreds of taser deployments per year. If the police have been firing their pistols at this rate, then they'd be the biggest band of serial killers in history.

Tasers are not a replacement for the gun. Not even close.

Tasers have been way too far down the Force Scale. Kennedy is recommending that they be moved up the scale to where they should have been all along.

And allowing only mature officers to have a weapon that has been so widely abused, misused and over-used is a perfectly reasonable recommendation.

We've tried it one way and the results are absolutely unacceptable ('mysterious' deaths, and national embarrassment). It is time for a bunch of changes and Kennedy's recommendations are a very good first step. ...

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