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[This blogger's response:]
The answer to the question, "Are tasers always 'non-lethal' weapons?" has already been provided by the British Columbia Braidwood Inquiry: No, they can and do cause or contribute to death, even with healthy adults. Taser International may pretend to deny the risk of death, but buried in the depths of the most-recent version of their ever-changing training package is a clear-cut acknowledgment that tasers can kill. Their admission is in direct contradiction to their previous false claims of safety. Which is why they've clamed-up recently.
The tragic thing is that most Taser Use Policies are still based on the previous false claims that tasers cannot, ever, kill. Taser International isn't exactly highlighting the discrepancies between what they previously claimed and what they now admit; their corporate liability is almost unimaginable.
By the way, with new policy arising from the Braidwood Inquiry, taser (over) use in BC is down about 90% or more, taser "associated" deaths have been reduced by an equal amount, and all the nightmares predicted (such as wholesale slaughter of citizens) have not happened.
Concerned citizens have investigated the corporate activities of the stun gun salesmen and reported the findings on blogs. All link to sources so you can fact check. Excited-Delirium and Truth Not Tasers.
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