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...
First - do no harm.
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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