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, June 20, 2008

Setting the goal post: a 95% reduction

As has been already proven ([LINK], [LINK], and many more), tasers are used about 100 times as often as guns ever were.

What this means is that if the taser is going to go back to its original justification as 'a replacement for the gun', or 'a less-than-lethal alternative' (keyword 'alternative'), or "saving lives everyday" [sic(k)], then we need to see a 99% reduction in the number of times that the taser is being deployed in Canada.

That sort of reduction is extremely unlikely. Which makes the original justification for the taser's introduction to Canada into a damn lie.

And even if we allow the taser to be justifiably deployed in situations where gun-fire has traditionally not been employed, even by a generosity-allowance of 'several' times (for example: accepting a very generous usage rate of five times more than guns), then we are still looking for a 95% reduction!!!!

A 20-to-1 reduction, even if we're generous!!!!

I don't believe that this has sunk into the skulls of those that will have to make this happen.
  • The taser-use policy is all wrong.
  • All the training is wrong.
  • All the trainers are wrong.
  • The 'qualifications' from Taser are a sign of brainwashing.
  • Procedures need to be put in place for medical attention.
  • Disciplinary policies need to be put in place.
A 95% reduction!!!!
That's a 20-to-1 reduction!!!!
And we're being generous
(allowing 5:1).

And the approach so far has been to more-or-less, agree-in-principle, maybe. Even Kennedy's initial report was not fully adopted.

THIS IS NOT OVER.

What stage have we reached in this process?

Well, we have paper and we have talk .

So we're right about at this stage:
[LINK] (PS: the Nazi reference is incidental.)

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