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.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Predicting the obvious...

So long as police believe (with a religious-like faith) that tasers are perfectly safe, they will continue to use them when lethal gunfire would never be justified. And thus, the purported benefit of tasers replacing guns has nothing to do with the actual day-to-day abuse, overuse and misuse of tasers.

On those rare occasions when tasers actually do replace a police shooting, then the risk inherent with being electrocuted might be a fair trade-off against a bullet. I wouldn't complain if that was how tasers were being used. In fact, tasers are 'used' (overused, misused, and abused) about one-hundred times as often as guns ever were.

On drug use and addicts - Keep in mind that addicts have typically been addicts for many week, months or years. If they happen to die on the very same day that they were tasered, it seems like a stretch to conclude that the drugs somehow excuse the taser's possible influence on the sometimes fatal outcome. The drug use can certainly be considered to be a contributing factor, as should the taser.

After the recent spate of mysterious taser-associated deaths in Alberta, it is clear that more Canadians will die after, and associated with, being tasered.

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