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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Harvesting vital organs from newborn babies

Disgusting title - sorry. Tasers are a disgusting issue. Allow me to explain...


There's a headline streaming on Google News today that says something like: "tasers help more than they harm." The link is already broken, so I won't bother including it here.


This is very similar to when Taser Chairman Tom Smith admitting that "tasers save 70 lives for every life lost."

Yeah, Smith-for-brains actually admitted that. See post 12 May 2008: Taser Blinks [LINK]

Keep in mind that he and many others have claimed that a life is saved pretty much every time a taser is used. You do the math.


Here's the fundamental problem with this sort of approach. Taken to its logical conclusion, we'd be harvesting vital organs out of newborn babies. Each baby could probably supply enough material to save many lives. So, using this sort of a purely accounting trade-off, we should be harvesting vital organs from fresh babies right now. One baby could save many lives (too bad about the baby).


Obviously - there are some moral and ethical issues with taking a life because someone thinks that we're ahead on the deal.

But this moral and ethical quandary was sorted out many centuries ago...

Do Unto Others...

And

First - do no harm.

And

You're not allowed to go around killing people!!
(
Thou shalt not... and all the regional variations.)

It's been resolved a long long time ago. Duh!


Translate this basic moral premise to the taser and it is thus:

Yeah nifty turtleneck kids, call us back via your Communicator when you've dialed-back the output from your damn stupid Phaser to the lower end of the Stun setting, as opposed to being set too damn close to the Kill setting. Then we'll talk about lifting the moratorium.

This isn't rocket science folks.


And if you're still confused by the relationship of taser safety to replacing guns...

Well, here's yer badge: [LINK]

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