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.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The 'facilitative effect' of tasers

It's amazing how the slow passage of time eventually reveals the truth. More and more editorials and op-ed pieces are asking insightful questions about tasers and their so-called benefits to society.

Lorne Gunter, found on Calgary Herald - "... Perhaps the taser creates a similar facilitative effect: The alleged perpetrator is less likely to co-operate with taser-wielding police, just as officers, assured in their minds that tasers are less lethal, are more willing to fire them. ... Perhaps it's time to consider whether their use is sometimes more dangerous than officers' use of guns." [LINK] (see page 2)

Mr. Gunter is onto something here as evidenced by the roughly 100-to-1 ratio of taser usage to police gun usage.

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