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.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Tasers pose new problems for doctors"

From twisted testicles to babies electrocuted in the womb, Tasers are presenting emergency departments with unprecedented injuries, a paper by a New Zealand doctor shows. [LINK]

This story ends with a bit of happy news for Taser:

"Our Australian comrades tell us that, nine times out of 10, just the threat [of a Taser] is enough to calm people down."

But the police gun has been used in that role quite successfully for many decades. The threat of what should be overwelming force doesn't require a taser. If that was the only role, then they could use guns, flame throwers, swords, anything...

It's certainly not a taser-specific advantage.

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