|Letter: Tasers are safe tool for self defense|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 04 November 2010 10:27|
There seems to be widespread confusion and misunderstanding about Taser devices. I believe the public needs to know the truth about Tasers.
A recent U.S. study of Taser use nationwide does suggest that Tasers are a safe self defense tool. This study examined 1,000 cases of Taser use and found that 99.7 percent of them resulted in no injuries.
Criminals are more intimidated by a Taser than a gun because they know the person holding the Taser will likely use it without hesitation (since the Taser will not kill) and the likely outcome is jail for the criminal.
Tasers are instantly paralyzing and offer little chance for escape. Criminals know they will shoot first especially if their victim has a gun, simply because the legal ramifications of pulling the trigger will cause a police officer or honest citizen to hesitate firing.
When a Taser is deployed, the citizen with the Taser will be quick to use the protection it affords (since it will not kill), and the villain will not have the capacity to shoot back (or even get off the floor, for that matter).
The facts are: Tasers DO NOT cause deaths. Deaths that have been recorded are only associated with the use of a Taser, but not the direct cause.
Tasers are safe, even if they are used incorrectly. Officers being trained in the use of Tasers are required to be tased themselves, with no harm coming to them. Conversely, officers trained to use a gun are not likewise required to be shot with a bullet before they graduate.
Of the one million or so Taser uses, only .2 percent ended in deaths, Clearly, to compare a Taser with a gun is not reasonable or credible.
If they get in the hands of a criminal, the moment they are used, hundreds of confetti scraps are scattered at the site which identify the Taser owner to authorities.
If the Taser is stolen, the dots can be connected back to the criminal.
Criminals cannot buy Taser cartridges, so a stolen Taser won’t be useful to him.
A Taser can only be purchased by a law-abiding citizen after a background-police record check.
A Taser will not operate until the owner is given a safety course and then an unlock code.
If a child were to find a Taser, child protections are built in.
The only ones left without defense on this island are the law abiding citizens trying to protect their families. The honest people on this island should be allowed to protect ourselves from those who attack our families and homes.
You can sign the petition online at www.petitiononline.com/TASER
Let your voice be heard.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:26|
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