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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Taser-free schools in Uniontown, PA

Uniontown (Pennsylvania) Area School Board has decided to not bother with tasers. This decision was driven by the citizens and parents. An excellent decision. [LINK]

Since the stated motivation for the tasers was to protect the children from 'outside threats', then perhaps the schools should be built with nests of large caliber machine guns at each outside corner of the building. What could possibly go wrong with that sort of proactive approach to protecting the children?


Update:

Here is an example of the typical 'outside threat' (sic) in the real world of tasers in schools.

Elkhart, IN — Police say they were forced to use a taser to control a student during a fight at school. That fight broke out between two teenagers at Elkhart Central High School. Police say they had a hard time getting the 14-year-old student under control Friday, especially because of his size — he's almost 12 feet tall and weighs 460 pounds. The taser helped stop the student from fighting with the other student and officers. ... [LINK]

[Some numerical values may have been doubled for humorous effect.]


Now replay in your mind the same news story with the Elkhart student dying from some unknown cause directly after being tasered. Imagine a long-delayed autopsy report as they try to figure it out. Imagine the controversy. Lucky break that this outcome didn't happen.

Uniontown parents made the correct call.


'Outside threat' my ass.

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