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 21, 2009

RCMP: "...[taser] risks include the risk of death..."

Here are the exact words:

"The RCMP's revised [Taser] policy underscores that there are risks associated with the deployment of the device and emphasizes that those risks include the risk of death, particularly for acutely agitated individuals." [LINK]

Make sure that you parse the whole sentence correctly.

The risks [always] 'include the risk of death'.

And if the individual happens to be acutely agitated, then the risk of death is even higher.

Considering that tasers are very often used on acutely agitated individuals, it means that the actual risk (weighted by actual application frequency) is often at the higher level.

Now - think about how tasers are used on individuals that did nothing to deserve having a risk of death imposed upon them. Not really fair. Not really moral. Not really ethical. Not really legal to have a street-level death lottery happening on the streets of Canada, or any other civilized state.

As has been so clearly pointed out on the Truth...Not Tasers blogs, it's not the (rare) success stories that count. It's the utterly evil failures. And if you're going to play a pure numbers game, then harvesting baby organs is the next evil step in such perverted logic.

And the taser numbers aren't very good anyway (keep in mind the 100:1 overusage ratio compared to guns).

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