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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Compare and contrast...

Toyota: "In the last 10 years, more than 2,000 Toyota owners have reported their cars surged out of control at high speeds, according to safety analyst Sean Kane. There have been more than two hundred serious injuries and at least 16 deaths, Kane said..." In a statement this afternoon, the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Administration said, "This matter is not closed until Toyota has effectively addressed the vehicle defect by providing a suitable remedy." In other words, there are probably hundreds of people, both in the various government organizations, and at Toyota, working on this issue.

Taser International: About 450 taser-associated deaths (mostly since 2003). Denial from the manufacturer of any cause-and-effect relationship whatsoever from tasers to death. Investigation reveals that about one-third (50 of 150 reviewed) of taser-associated deaths have autopsy reports that mention the taser as a cause or contributing factor. Even the US AMA concludes that tasers can kill, "directly or indirectly". Governments, with few exceptions, sit on their hands. Nobody is regulating tasers. A few dedicated media organizations fund and report investigations, a few informed and honest investigators work the issue, and a growing number of bloggers. Period. That's it. Governments are totally AWOL.

Perhaps you noticed that the number 450 is much larger than the number 16.

Taser International would want to argue their number down to zero. But I'm sure that Toyota would want to argue their number down too. Zilch difference between them, except that the floor mat explanation is far less ridiculous than "excited delirium".

The Braidwood Inquiry used the phrase something like "abdication of responsibility" when discussing the role of governments in regulating tasers, their safety, their application.


Anyone there?

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