Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Being tased could be bad for your heart

Taser International, the manufacturer of the Taser, has just issued a warning that firing the 50,000 volt device at someone's chest could cause a "adverse cardiac event." The warning does state that the risk is minimal.

Only one problem here... the Taser is designed to be a non-lethal alternative to shooting someone with live ammunition and the most obvious target is the person's torso, according to 30-year Houston Police Department veteran Mark Clark.

In our current litigious culture, one must wonder whether or not Taser International knew that being jolted by the Taser could cause cardiac arrest all along. The warning could be an attempt by the manufacturer to pass along the blame for "adverse cardiac events" to the law enforcement agencies employing the Taser.

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