Thursday, July 16, 2009

Taser Shotguns

As if regular tasers weren't fucked enough already, weapons manufacturer, Taser International, released a new stun cartridge for 12-gauge shotguns with a range of over 100 feet. Wired's Danger Room, an online newsletter on national security, notes that Taser International has not revealed the results of field and safety trials using the XREP. That could cause some hesitation for even the most eager would-be buyers, given that Taser weapons have attracted more than their share of controversy in the past.

In particular, this video of a student getting tasered by police after persistently questioning John Kerry became viral on the internet and questioned police procedure with regard to discharging their tasers:

Personally, I think this is nuts. Regular tasers have 50,000 volts of electricity, which is enough to completely paralyze a human being and render them powerless over their own convulsing muscles. I can't even imagine how much worse a shotgun is. Only time will tell.

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