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, June 20, 2008

Tasers will be banned...

"...if the RCMP doesn't begin restricting use of the weapons by the end of the year." [LINK]

A Canadian Parliamentary committee has threatened to call for a moratorium on the use of stun guns if the RCMP doesn't begin restricting use of the weapons before the end of the year.

The House of Commons Public Safety and National Security Committee (SECU) [LINK] made its report on taser use public in the hours following the release of the final report from the RCMP watchdog, Paul Kennedy, head of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP. [LINK]

The committee's report echos many of Kennedy's recommendations. But the Members of Parliament went one step further [because they, unlike Kennedy, have the power to do so]. They threatened to introduce a motion in the House of Commons calling for a stun gun moratorium if the RCMP doesn't restrict use of the weapon by 15 December 2008. [LINK]

The report received the unanimous support of its 12 members. These 12 members are from all the major parties (5 Conservation [government], 4 Liberal, 2 Bloc Québécois, and 1 NDP). [LINK]

How is Taser (and their minions) involved in this 'internal' Canadian matter?
  • They are responsible for the lie that tasers are "safe under all circumstances" [LINK]
  • They have been involved in taser-use policy (no matter what their denials [LINK][LINK][LINK])
  • They are deeply involved in training standards (which should be based on policy)