Friday, July 3, 2009

Taser Controversy

Video: Controversial Taser shotgun weapon launched - Telegraph

The media loves to make the police look bad, in most western nations. They hate the Taser and always try and describe it as "controversial." They then go on to say that so many hundreds of people have been shot by a Taser and subsequently died. They imply that the Taser had a major, perhaps sole, role in their deaths.

What are the options for a person who is on drugs or otherwise acting in a violent or threatening manner? Shoot them with a gun? Beat them with batons? Use a chemical agent on them? Punch and kick them into submission? Each of those options can cause the death, perhaps immediate death, of the suspect, with the added danger to the public or to the officers.

Of course some people who get hit with a Taser will die afterwards. Many people who are arrested and never have force used on them die too. In custody death is serious, but when you are dealing with violent people, or people on drugs a few people are likely to die. The use of the Taser is more likely saving people who would otherwise have much more force used on them; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Tasers save lives.

Tase early, taze often.

Bunkermeister said...

Tasers save the lives of officers, suspects and members of the public.

It is much safer to Tase someone than it is to hit them with batons, which is a very likley option to the Taser in many situations.