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.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Ratio of 'use' to 'misuse' indicates the falsehood

Many taser fanboys will constantly harp-on about how being tasered is better than being shot by a police revolver. While this is obviously true, let's review the numbers to see how valid this excuse really is in the reality of day-to-day use (and misuse) of the taser.

Taser proudly claims that tasers are used 620 times per day. That works out to 226,300 times per year. Primarily in the USA (I think obviously).

So, would the police and security guards really be killing 226,300 people per year in the USA if it weren't for the 'life saving' taser?

That is many times the death rate for all USA motor vehicle accidents. It would become a leading cause of death if the police were really killing citizens at that rate before the wide deployment of the taser. After a decade at that rate it would start to affect the overall census population numbers (Hey we're two million short! Where'd everybody go?).

Same thing in Canada where the figure of 3000 taser uses (including taser misuses) in six years was mentioned (just by the RCMP, other forces in addition to this). This is an obvious sign that the taser is not simply being used as a replacement for a pistol. If the police killed 500+ people per year in Canada, then there would be a revolution. The total murder rate is barely that high.

It is utter nonsense to claim that a taser deployment saves a pistol deployment. Nothing but whimsical propaganda.

Obviously, the taser is FAR MORE often being misused, than used (as a replacement for a pistol). The ratio of taser misuse to taser use appears to be well above 10:1, and may be approaching 100:1 in some jurisdictions.

The numbers tell the tale.

And YouTube occasionally provides the video.

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