Gun Ownership : Tasers, Stun Guns and Death

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    "The original TASER device (the TF-76) was launched in the mid 1970s by a NASA scientist named Jack Cover, the TASER device inventor. The TASER TF-76 fired two darts up to a distance of 15 feet. These darts remained attached to the hand-held device by small, thin, insulated wires. The original TASER used a gunpowder propellant to launch the darts. Because of the explosive propellant, the TF-76 was classified by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and also now Explosives, as a firearm. However, the TF-76 looked like a flashlight, not a gun. Because it did not fit the specifications for either a pistol or a long gun, the TF-76 was classified as a Title 2 weapon - the same as a "sawed-off" shotgun. This classification meant that the TASER TF-76 could only be sold with special permits that were expensive and difficult to obtain (just like it would be for a "sawed-off" shotgun). Accordingly, the TF-76 could only effectively be sold to law enforcement agencies. While the Title 2 weapon classification did not adversely effect law enforcement agencies' acquisition and use of the early TASER devices, it did prevent most civilians from acquiring, possessing, and using the devices...." By Rick Smith, CEO TASER International, Inc. (http://www.taser.com/research/Science/Pages/HistoryofTASERDevices.aspx)
    Today, more than 7,300 law enforcement agencies across the country have bought Tasers. More than 130,000 police officers carry them.
    The idea for the handheld stun gun came after the original Taser was invented in 1969. The name Taser is an acronym: " Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle", named for the fictional teenage inventor and adventurer Tom Swift. It was designed in 1969 by Arizona inventor Jack Cover. The Taser is used by citizens and police departments all over the country. These units fire small dart-like electrodes attached to wires propelled by the Taser unit. The handheld stun gun adapts the same type of takedown ability, but these models are much less expensive and requires the user to touch the metal prongs, carrying the voltage, to the assailant. Pepper spray, also known as oleoresin of capsicum (OC) spray, was originally introduced in the U.S. in the 1980s by the Postal Service as a dog repellent. It was also used on bears and other animals. The FBI endorsed it as an "official chemical agent" in 1987 but it wasn't until 1991 that more than 3,000 local law enforcement agencies added it to their arsenals. MACE is the brand name used by Mace International and originally these sprays contained CS or tear gas. Now MACE also manufactures pepper spray as well as combination sprays.

    "Consider our 'forgetfulness' regarding the nature of electric stun technology. We all remember how badly Rodney King was beaten by the L.A. police but not how many times King was shocked nor the voltage he received. A mythical story of the origin and diffusion of electric torture is endlessly repeated in movies, cheap novels, and uncritical accusations. In the popular imagination, visible in movies like Lethal Weapon or Rambo, electric torture belongs to evil forces such as the Gestapo, cruel ex-Marines, the KGB, the Viet Cong, or Latin American Fascists. However, another story of electric stun technology manifests itself in grey patent documents. In these, accumulate the various devices created for the convenience of a democratic public: for the consumption of meat, for personal safety in the dark, and for airline safety. These devices are portable, discharge shock at the discretion of the user, and the shock does not normally kill. At the extreme is a range of 'acceptable' torture devices such as tasers and stun guns found in our everyday life.
    The spread of electric torture is part and parcel of the spread of democratization. In an age where globalization is linked to abuse and exploitation and democratization is touted as the province of all that’s right, it is striking to see that electric torture is more linked to the latter than to authoritarian regimes. It arises and spreads as police forces reinvent themselves in the face of democratization and international human rights scrutiny and as well-to-do democratic consumers increasingly fear for their security. Let me demonstrate this by sketching a lost history of a torture technology, investigating its invention and diffusion over the course of a century across the globe...."

    From: ELECTRICITY: THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF A TORTURE TECHNOLOGY
    Download: http://whgbetc.com/electricity-global-history.pdf

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    wow.....it's amazing how these subjects are used to bring a human life down
     
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