A recent episode of a TV show called Time Warp (on The Discovery Channel) featured, everyone's favorite occasional contributor to unintentional deaths, the taser.
The TV show, being a rather mindless and uncritical propaganda piece for Taser, included the inevitable FAKE demonstration where the idiot volunteer takes a short X26 taser hit TO THE BACK.
In the real world taser hits are quite often to the chest, and they sometimes contribute to the victim's death, and there seems to be a correlation between these two. But in these FAKE demos, the taser is ALWAYS aimed at the back and everyone goes home happy and stupid.
The following screen capture ('fair use'/'fair dealing' of this copyrighted image righteously claimed, see legal notice in right hand column) shows Taser spokespuppet Steve Tuttle standing on his hind legs at the left, the stage magician wielding the X26 taser standing BEHIND the volunteer, the brainwashed volunteer with his back to the taser, and the mindless TV host who is so ill-informed of the overall taser issue that he doesn't know enough to ask the volunteer to turn around to make it a more realistic test.
These tasered-in-the-back demos are FAKE
Until Taser changes its demonstration policy to mandate that all taser demonstrations will be aimed directly at the volunteer's chest, and held for several of the 5-second cycles, then we should consider these FAKE demos to be obvious evidence of Taser's own internal uncertainty of the real-world safety of tasers with respect to internal risk factors associated with occasional, possibly fatal, cardiac effects.
Why else would Taser make sure that all their idiot demo volunteers and brainwashed police trainees are ALWAYS tasered in the back, and NEVER in the chest? Are they frightened of something?
Go ahead Taser - change your demo policy.
I double-dare you.
Everyone else should pay attention to this sort of cheap stage trickery and ask themselves WHY DOES TASER AVOID THE CHEST for demos?
And why has nobody else in the entire world asked Taser to explain this interesting and yet trivial observation?
PS: As I have previously mentioned, if required to eliminate secondary injuries from taser barbs hitting the face, it's trivial to don a face shield.
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