Please read the entire letter here at The Star: [LINK]
The use of the taser on a 14-year-old girl for 'picking at the paint' while in custody in Sioux Lookout demonstrates more than 'usage creep.' It is a measure of our society – and a sad measure at that. ... The taser, at best, has become a morally corrupt and dangerous tool of mindless public enforcement agencies and institutions, and poorly directed civil servants. At worst, it may have become a pleasure toy for potentially sadistic and cowardly individuals who have sought and achieved positions of authority. ... When will we demand that our politicians in all political parties cease their dithering on this issue?
Barry Kurtz, Toronto
I'll bet that nobody can answer the following question:
Why can't the police use the glowing end of a lit cigarette to cause pain? Both the taser and a lit cigarette can leave minor burns. Both cause more-than-intense pain. They seem to be perfectly equivalent from a functional point of view. Please explain what's the legal, moral, and ethical difference? Well?
Actually I can answer it: There's ZERO difference.
Except for the evil and deceptive propaganda that surrounds tasers. The outcome of that propaganda is that some decision makers have been convinced that tasering children, to make them behave, is now acceptable.
There will be a special place in Hell reserved for people that allow this outrage to continue.
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