Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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

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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.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Hands up Mr. Ten Percent

BC tests eighty-two (82) tasers and finds that eight (8), or about 10%, are defective. [LINK]

Ten percent.

Again.

Same as CBC. Same as RCMP. Same as Quebec. Same as other jurisdictions.


It's pretty safe to conclude that 10% of all tasers are defective. The science certainly supports such a clear-cut conclusion and bold statement.


One of the eight failed because of mumble-mumble. What? "A number of mumble-mumble unspecified mumble-mumble reasons." Perhaps it emitted 1.21 gigawatts. Perhaps it squirted out water instead of electricity? Who knows? They didn't say...

Taser International will certainly be very proud that seven (7) of these failures appear to be for what is called 'low' output. They "failed to produce a pulse rate high enough to meet manufacturer's specifications."

Taser would call that failing safe.

I'll address that very dangerous fallacy in the very next post (above).

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