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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