A Canadian Parliamentary committee has threatened to call for a moratorium on the use of stun guns if the RCMP doesn't begin restricting use of the weapons before the end of the year.
The House of Commons Public Safety and National Security Committee (SECU) [LINK] made its report on taser use public in the hours following the release of the final report from the RCMP watchdog, Paul Kennedy, head of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP. [LINK]
The committee's report echos many of Kennedy's recommendations. But the Members of Parliament went one step further [because they, unlike Kennedy, have the power to do so]. They threatened to introduce a motion in the House of Commons calling for a stun gun moratorium if the RCMP doesn't restrict use of the weapon by 15 December 2008. [LINK]
The report received the unanimous support of its 12 members. These 12 members are from all the major parties (5 Conservation [government], 4 Liberal, 2 Bloc Québécois, and 1 NDP). [LINK]
How is Taser (and their minions) involved in this 'internal' Canadian matter?
- They are responsible for the lie that tasers are "safe under all circumstances" [LINK]
- They are deeply involved in training standards (which should be based on policy)