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.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Foundation of ignorance supports pro-taser arguments

Extracts from comment war at [LINK].

This is what's left of all the self-confident pro-taser arguments. Just the ill-informed repeating the old and stale arguments that were long-ago shredded on this very blog (and perhaps elsewhere).

"Tasers are a reasonable alternative to handguns."

There are many myths and lies about tasers. One of the oldest lies is that they replace guns. Fact is that tasers are used roughly 100 times as often as guns ever were. This ratio will vary with place and time, but it is a very good round number. To even mention that tasers replace guns in relation to incidents where teenagers were tasered and died is skirting the edges of basic human morality.

"The taser is not designed as a pain compliance tool."

Yes it is. Clearly it is. Ever hear of the so-called Drive Stun mode? It's also called the Touch Torture mode and does almost nothing EXCEPT to cause extreme pain. Your statement only makes sense if you ignore one of the two primary modes of deployment.

"Do what you're being told and you won't have to worry about it."

I guess you don't follow the news much. If you did, then you'd know that there have been cases where people in medical distress have been tasered. Diabetics. A kid with a multiply-broken back. People experiencing mental breakdown. Not everyone being tasered is a criminal exercising their free will.

It's sort-of sad that they have nothing left. It used to be interesting to examine the pro-taser arguments carefully, trying to determine the subtle flaw. Now it's just getting boring.

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