Friday, June 29, 2007

Set Tasers on Stun

I see that in the United Kingdom, more police officers are to be armed with Taser stun guns.

Interestingly, use of the controversial weapons will no longer be limited to trained firearms officers, if independent medical advice backs the proposal. Crucially, the circumstances in which suspects can be stunned will also be widened.

A 12-month trial will extend use of Taser to specially-trained units who are not authorised firearms officers. They would also extend the use of Taser by authorised firearms officers where the criteria to use firearms does not apply.

Recently one of Britain's top policemen, Greater Manchester Police's Chief Constable Michael Todd volunteered to be shot with a 50,000 volt Taser stun gun in a bid to convince the public they are safe to use. He convulsed in agony as two wire barbs hit him in the back. "It hurt like hell!" he said.

Tasers work by firing metal barbs into the skin which then discharge a 50,000 volt electrical charge which is designed to temporarily disable someone long enough to allow police to detain them safely.

Although I'm a more "high velocity explosive projectile" kinda guy, there is something inherently melodic about the shrieks of someone being tazered as I showed here before. I hope they catch on, (and don't leg go) Muahahahahaha!

Sources: verious British Press, Sky News


Anonymous said...

"high velocity explosive projectile" I agree with the motto of the SAS and US Navy Seals. The majority of problems can be solved with high explosives.....

Anonymous said...

Knowing the track record of the UK Police, its only a matter of time before a wheelchair-bound pensioner in her 90's is repeatedly tasered into submission for failure to pay her council tax.
Oh yes - nothing quite living in a dictatorship...

Anonymous said...

Now, Now, Sithy, I assure you its not a dictatorship, it's applied democracy and all citizens are required to pay for their freedom.