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, May 21, 2010

Taser safety claims: It's not a debate; it's an exposé.

Some thoughts.

To be precise, the primary issue isn't actually 'taser safety'.

Law enforcement use of guns and bullets is about 50% lethal. But provided that guns and bullets are used only when appropriate, then there's not much of a moral issue surrounding their use (in general).

The primary issue with tasers are the extremist claims about taser safety (with respect to risk of death, caused or contributed) made by Taser International and their minions. In their marketing, both explicit and implicit, they have clearly and repeatedly denied the inherent risk of death.

This lie is the root of most of the mindless evil, because it supports and encourages an attitude that permits the overuse, ...that forgives the misuse, ...and that too-often ignores the abuse of tasers.

If they had marketed these devices in a manner that acknowledged and highlighted the risks (including the risk of death), as opposed to denying these risks, then it would have put them into a good moral and legal position.

But they didn't take that approach. And that leaves them in an awkward legal position. [LINK]

The conclusion that tasers are perfectly capable of, almost randomly, causing or contributing to death is firm. [LINK]

The only ones denying this obvious fact are either ill-informed or dishonest. The ill-informed folks tend to clam-up when corrected. And the others have resorted to the same sort of debating techniques as used by the Flat Earth Society.

At this point the debate is finished.

It's now an exposè.

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