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, July 16, 2010

Tasers stopping pacemakers vs. tasers stopping hearts

I thought that electronic pacemakers just monitored the heart and stepped in when required. I'm not an expert, but I don't think that pacemakers were sitting there initiating every heartbeat (how long would the batteries last?).

So if a pacemaker is "stopped" by a taser, then it might not affect you until some other time.

On the other hand, if the taser stopped your heart, then you would IMMEDIATELY collapse, would be unresponsive, and would die.

If I'm right (?), then one theory is a stretch and the other fits the reported facts.

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