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, October 23, 2009

Cops lower aim, investors lower expectations

"May you have an interesting year." It's an ancient Chinese curse.

As predicted, Taser International is certainly having an interesting year. 'Interesting' in the sense of watching a train wreck in ultra-slow motion.

In the same week that police across the USA are learning that they need to lower their aims (avoiding the chest), investors (is that the correct word?) in Taser International (TASR) are also learning that they need to lower their aims too.

Taser International not only lost money (again), but they lost almost twice as much as expected.

At least this time they didn't blame "high oil prices".

By the way, did I mention that their expensive R&D labs have turned out the new XREP projectile that contains an explicit and intentional design feature (the 'Hand Trap') that inherently violates their new taser targeting guidelines that advise against applying taser shocks to the chest AND ARMS (including, ah, hands)? Did I mention that? Yes... [LINK]

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