Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


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.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Public Safety Minister Van Loan earns his badge

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan [27 Feb 2009] rejected calls for a moratorium on taser stun guns.

He actually said the original taser lie, "I believe that obviously shooting someone with a gun is going to be far more lethal than the use of a taser and as an alternative I think it's something that should be available to the police."

Okay Minister Van Loan - here's yer badge: [LINK]

How can we make this point any more clear?

CBC.ca - December 17, 2007: The RCMP, whose members have fired tasers more than 3,000 times since 2001, said it doesn't keep track of how often firearms are used across the country. [LINK]

3000 taser deployments in seven years (2001-2007) works out to at least 428 per year.

So if, in your imaginary la-la-land world where tasers replace guns, then this imaginary 'RCMP Without Tasers' would have been the biggest band of mass murderers in Canadian history. The RCMP would have single handedly doubled the total murder rate in Canada. Extend this idiot logic to the many other police forces in Canada and it would be a damn war zone.


Not to mention that CBC found that tasers don't actually reduce those very few police (gun) shootings in any case. [ibid] Your argument is double-dead.

In fact, another study found that police shootings were (in some cases) INCREASED immediately after the officers had been given their so-called Taser Training (brainwashing) as designed by Taser International. Which, by the way, strongly indicates that there is something seriously wrong with the training.

If the Minister of Public Safety is going to make this claim that tasers are somehow useful because they replace guns, then he needs to demonstrate exactly how he proposes to reduce their usage from more than a thousand times a year, to perhaps 12 or 20.

And then he needs to show us a simple chart that tracks the police shooting death rate going down coincident with the introduction of tasers into Canada.

Ball is in your court Mr. Minister. Show us the chart.

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