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From: John Carragher2/29/2008 10:46:19 AM
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COATESVILLE, Pa. - "Is this safe for teenagers?" Iesha Robles asked. The single mom of three was shopping for a stunning new accessory for her handbag -- a Taser.
"Every morning, I come out about 6:30, 7 o'clock, and sometimes it's dark. I am a single momand I get in and out of the car with kids," she said.

Robles works at a shop that sells Tasers and is part of a growing group of women buying them.

"I want something quick that I can pull out of my purse in case I need it," she said.

Traditionally, Taser stun guns have been a weapon police use.

But now the company that makes the device is targeting their new product line toward civilians, especially women like Robles.

With catchy colors like pink, blue and metallic, they're generating a lot of buzz.

"It's nice to know that there is something out there for women other than guns ... and the color, it grabs everyone's eye," Robles said.

TI's clear Taser is marking its latest product toward women. Its latest device is leopard skin.

"And you can do it form this far away?" asked NBC 10's Kristen Welker.

"Yes, zero to 15 feet," answered James Witmer, the marketing manager at Witmer Associates Inc. in Coatesville.

They sell police and fire gear and now Tasers, too. Witmer said the gadget, when used properly, can knock an attacker off his or her feet and give a victim a chance to escape.

"Enough attacks at malls or shopping centers. Women want to be safe, and they're concerned. And, actually, we're seeing husbands who are concerned about their wives as well, and they're coming in and buying them," Witmer said. "Actually, some of our best customers have been husbands buying the pink Tasers."

"Treat it as a lethal weapon," said Coatesville Police Chief William Matthews.

Matthews warned that Tasers can be more than destabilizing. He said they can be deadly for people with weak hearts and the very young.

"It can be devastating if a child gets a hold of it, shoots himself or herself, or someone else," Matthews said.

He pointed out that, unlike some guns, Tasers do not have the same type of childproof safety lock. Plus, he said if you Taser the wrong person or seriously injure someone, you could face assault charges.

His advice is to always keep your Taser out of the reach of children and to get educated.

"Organizations who train people for use of firearms in general have Taser training classes, as well," Matthews said.

But Robles said she feels more comfortable having a Taser in her house than a gun, and she said she will be careful not to let it get into the hands of her children.

She said she considers it a small addition that will give her a lot of relief.

"You'll just feel safer. If there's someone there, it's accessible in my purse. I can just grab it. It's easy to use," she said.

Tasers cost about $350 dollars. They are not legal everywhere. For example, you cannot use a Taser in Philadelphia. Check with your local law enforcement agency before purchasing one, Welker reported.

For more on the rules about using Tasers, click here.

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From: John Carragher5/14/2008 1:37:27 AM
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50,000V Tasers for every cop
By CLODAGH HARTLEY
Home Affairs Correspondent

Published: 12 May 2008


TASERS could soon be issued to ALL police officers — after a trial proved they deter violent criminals, the Home Office will announce today.

Figures show deployment of the 50,000-volt stun guns has soared 15 times and firing of them three times during the course of the tests by specially-trained units.

Only firearms officers normally have Tasers. But ten forces have successfully broadened their use in the 12-month trial which began last September.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "Taser is making a real difference on our streets, not only keeping the public safe but also protecting police officers.

"I am committed to giving our cops the weapons they need. If the trial shows Taser to be a valuable tool, I can envisage a day when they could be routinely issued to all police officers."

Use of the devices has resolved potentially fatal incidents.

And cops have found the Taser does not even need to be actually fired. Drawing and aiming can be enough to stop criminals in their tracks.

The results released this morning show that in the first six months of the trial, Tasers were deployed 252 times, 236 in the past three months. But they were only discharged 31 times — 25 in the past three months.

A Home Office source stressed that all officers involved had been fully trained and followed strict guidelines.

Forces in the trial are: Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Gwent, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Metropolitan Police, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, North Wales and West Yorkshire.

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To: John Carragher who wrote (927)6/18/2008 11:53:59 AM
From: Jill
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I noticed today that TASR is down, and see articles on inmates dying after being stunned with a taser. Apparently it can trigger a heart attack? Anybody have more info? Not sure whether this is a "death knell" for taser or an oppy for position trade.

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To: Jill who wrote (928)6/18/2008 12:11:31 PM
From: John Carragher
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do you have a reference where in mates died. yes people die but mostly it is because of drugs, they are tripping out. i believe recently one or two court cases found taser liable for about 20% of potential death cause.. who knows how they arrive at 20%. that is the last i read. i all other cases have been cleared by tasr.

this is like trying to drill off the coast . you have a well organized human rights group who are against tasr, like they were against spray pepper which in some cases is worse.

you come down to some guy out of control mental problem , on drugs, and not plain mean. with a knife , human rights groups want the cops to take him in and not hurt him. now i support cops who tell him to drop his knife. and when he refuses to tasr him and save cops from being hurt and the subject.

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To: John Carragher who wrote (929)6/18/2008 2:05:39 PM
From: Jill
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Google News:

news.google.com

news.google.com

Is that why the stock is down just curious. Haven't been following it.

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To: Jill who wrote (930)6/18/2008 2:29:12 PM
From: John Carragher
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i haven't been watching it either.. last i heard they were complaining about naked shorts.. maybe went to sec for investigation. also believe last announcement i saw was england or london all cops over there were going to carry tasers..

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To: John Carragher who wrote (927)6/21/2008 4:27:04 AM
From: Proud Deplorable
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HA HA HA TASERS TO BE BANNED IN CANADA==============

cbc.ca

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To: Proud Deplorable who wrote (932)6/21/2008 7:41:57 AM
From: John Carragher
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if RCMP doesn't curb use by year's end?

since the mounties are out of control they should lock them up and throw away the keys................. its not the tasers, it the crazy canadians that let mean spirited people enforce their laws. maybe better phys exams would help?

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From: John Carragher7/3/2008 8:31:49 AM
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Abstracts of Four Human Studies on the Effects of TASER Electronic Control Devices Presented At the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Winter Symposium
Thursday July 3, 7:30 am ET
Studies Find TASER Electronic Control Devices, Including XREP, Do Not Significantly Impair Breathing Nor Affect the Human Heart

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 3, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- TASER International, Inc. (NasdaqGS:TASR - News), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices, announced that four abstracts reporting on human testing on the safety of TASER(r) electronic control devices (ECDs) were presented at Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Winter Symposium 2008 during July 2-4 in Newcastle, New South Wales. The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine is an incorporated educational institution whose prime objective is the training and examination of specialist emergency physicians for Australia and New Zealand and the ongoing Maintenance of Professional Standards.
The four abstracts reporting data from human studies of TASER electronic control devices and their conclusions are:

The Effect of Cross Chest Electronic Control Device Exposure on Breathing.

``This study demonstrates that the cross-chest exposure does not significantly impair respiratory function.''

Donald Dawes, MD, Jeffrey Ho, MD and James Miner, MD. Hennepin
County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.

The Effect of the eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) on Breathing.

``This study demonstrates that the XREP does not significantly impair respiratory functions.''

Donald Dawes, MD, Jeffrey Ho, MD, Jeremy Olsen, MD and
James Miner, MD. Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Echocardiographic Determination of Cardiac Rhythm During Trans-Thoracic Wireless Conducted Electrical Weapon Exposure.

``Although motion artifact limited a few of the evaluations, we were able to document sinus rhythm in over half of the subjects and were able to obtain heart rates in all but three. In all but those three subjects, we saw no evidence of myocardial capture or arrhythmia during a 20-second trans-thoracic XREP exposure.''

Jeffrey Ho, MD, Donald Dawes, MD, Robert Reardon, MD,
Anne Lapine, MD and James Miner, MD. Hennepin County Medical
Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Cardiac and Diaphragm ECHO Evaluation during TASER Device Drive Stun.

``We did not find a connection between measureable, worsening human physiology and ECD DS exposure. This work is consistent with previously reported findings of human ECD studies utilizing deployed probe methodology.''

Jeffrey Ho, MD, Donald Dawes, MD, Robert Reardon, MD,
Ronald Moscati, MD, Rebecca Gardner, BS and James Miner, MD.
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, Meeker County
Sheriff's Office, Litchfield, MN, Lompoc District Hospital,
Lompoc, CA, Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara, CA,
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

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From: John Carragher7/31/2008 8:14:26 AM
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Two-Year Study by Canadian Police Research Centre Finds TASER Devices a Safer Use of Force
Thursday July 31, 7:30 am ET
Belief That TASER ECDs Carry 'a Significant Risk of Injury or Death... is Not Supported by the Data'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 31, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices (ECDs) issued the following NEWS ALERT:
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According to an article in the July 30, 2008 edition of the Calgary Herald, a two-year study by the Canadian Police Research Centre found that TASER(r) Electronic Control Devises (ECDs) ``scored high'' in safety for both suspects and officers in Calgary. The 14-page report examined 562 cases in which Calgary police used TASER ECDs, pepper spray, batons, unarmed techniques, and choke holds against people resisting arrest. Of those cases studied, nearly half were detained with a TASER device and one percent of those suspects resisting arrest ended up hospitalized and 87 percent sustained either minor injuries or no injuries, according to the report.

According to the article, the study stated, ``the commonly held belief'' that TASER ECDs carry ``a significant risk of injury or death... is not supported by the data.'' The study as stated that TASER devices are, ``less injurious than either the baton or empty-hand physical control.''

The complete story is available at: canada.com.

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