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.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Strawman half-defeated

...the study stated, "the commonly held belief that tasers carry a significant risk of injury or death... is not supported by the data." [Taser press release]

First of all, CBC found [LINK] that at least one-third of people shot by a taser actually do require medical attention to treat their injuries. So the claim that there is no significant risk of injury, depends upon 33% not being considered to be significant.

Second, most taser critics are not claiming that there is a 'significant risk' of death, but that there is a modest risk of death (when the X26 darts get across the chest and perhaps other factors) and that fact is extremely significant.

5 comments:

zonga said...

Keep up the good work!

Chadley said...

Absolutely! I would totally rather get shot with a gun, or hit with a baton.

Anonymous said...

Since your comment doesn't make any sense, I assume that you're trying to make the same old point that 'a taser is better than a gun'. Unfortunately, if this is your point, then it just proves that you've not been paying any attention to this issue.

Tasers are used approximately 100 times as often as the historical rate of police gun fire.

So your comment would be far more accurate if it read:

I'd rather the police just calm down a bit and stop tasering everyone because they've been brainwashed to think that the taser torture device is the 'perfectly safe' (sic) solution for every possible incident.

When you multiply the overuse by the risk, the net death rate for taser-associated incidents isn't that far off the (unchanged in any case) death rate for police gun fire.

And unlike police gun fire where it is most often perfectly justifiable, the taser incidents have a thread of unfairness about them.

Some have called it a street level death lottery.

Please review the entire blog and maybe search for the terms 'better' and 'gun'. This point of yours has already been shredded over and over again.

zonga said...

Yes D! Plenty of avenues . . .

If you are killed then your survivors may sue.

If you do not understand the English language, if you are deaf, if you are mentally ill, if you are blind, if you are unconscious with diabetic ketoacidosis or some other medical problem, your azz gets fried.

If you are dazed and confused from being fried then your azz gets fried some more for not "following orders."

How about that poor kid, Mace Hutchinson, fell off a bridge, broke his back, was found by the police, then was tased 19 times. How about that.

How about sadistic police officers?

Avenues! Avenues!

How about having police officers who can think through and analyze situations rather than shooting first?

Anonymous said...

Comment from 'D' deleted for two reasons.

1) Same old inane argument about 'just obey and you won't get tasered'. This point has already been shredded by the facts.

2) Abusive.