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, August 6, 2008

Stinger Systems in Canada

Stinger Systems to be marketed in Canada [LINK]

Be advised that I'm not in favour of Stinger Systems, but they do come across as significantly less stupid than Taser.

Here's why:

1) Their devices reportedly get the job done with 75% less current. If true, this should significantly widen the safety margin. When you consider the shape of the typical bell curve, this reported 4:1 difference in current may make a huge difference in cardiac risk.

2) In spite of this, they still do not market their devices as cardiac-safe. I can only presume that their training is more sensitive and thoughful.

3) Reportedly they have not bothered to wriggle past US firearms regulations.

And reportedly the Stinger devices are half the price of tasers.

Stupidity has a radius. If you get involved with stupid people, the stupidity tends to rub off. The police in Canada have been too close to Taser for too long. Time for a break.

Stinger Systems should be advised that Canada has turned out to be Taser's worst nightmare. Stinger Systems would be well-advised to avoid the same mistakes made by Taser.

And Taser should get a brain and have it installed.

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