Taser International has engaged in a deceptive marketing campaign claiming that tasers are perfectly safe and that they could not possibly affect the heart. Given the number (500+) of people that have died almost immediately after being tasered, as compared to the number (~0) that have fallen down dead at the taser display and warning, it's perfectly obvious that tasers can cause or contribute to death. This is the taser's Curious Temporal Asymmetry (Google the phrase).
Even Taser International has been forced to slowly tweak their legal warnings in tiny steps. As of 1 May 2010, they finally added a phrase that admits that tasers CAN affect the heart and CAN cause death. Their present position contradicts their previous claims and statements.
So the argument about if tasers can, or cannot, affect the heart is over. Critics were correct. Taser International and all their previous claims were wrong. They even pulled down their "Cardiac Safety" webpage; quietly.
It's important to be crystal clear. It isn't that tasers are dangerous or not. It's that they are dangerous but too many people have been misled. And Taser International is being very very quiet about their slowly shifting position. Many didn't 'get the memo' because there is no memo.
No other weapon has so much deceptive marketing surrounding it.
As for Taser International still being in business? Be patient. We're working on that. But it takes time. They're are starting to lose legal cases. Google Braidwood.
Another case to watch is Nugent in the taser-death of Pikes. A case where an officer electro-tortured a restrained man to death.
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Friday, October 22, 2010