Posts Tagged ‘Tazers’

Tasers For Self Defence – Coming To a Store Near You?

January 13, 2008

Recently, I read that the good people at the company that makes the Taser, those adamant deniers that their product is a potentially lethal weapon, are planning to introduce Tasers for self defence.  Specifically, they will be targeting women with ‘female friendly’ Tasers.  They’ll be available in pink and other nice, bright colours, so they can do double duty as fashion accessories.  I guess if you make something pretty enough, it ceases to be a weapon.  So, a gun with a mother-of-pearl inlaid handle isn’t a gun and a jewel encrusted dagger isn’t a knife.

Maybe this is already a reality in the U.S. but, apparently, they want to bring it here, too.  Just what we need, a readily available weapon that criminals can get their hands on to use against their victims.  An easy way to immobilize someone before you rob, beat, or rape them.  What?  Criminals getting them?  But they’re for self defence, aren’t they?  Sure they are – just like all the guns that are used by criminals.  Another American import.

No doubt they will roll out some veneer-thin security system that will ‘ensure’ that only law-abiding potential victims can get them, but we’ve seen how easy these are to get around.  Just off the top of my head, for instance, since women are the target market, any woman would probably be able to get one.  But are women always victims?  Violent crimes by women and girls seems to be much more common these days.

And what about male criminals’ girlfriends?  They could walk in, declare their fear of being raped, walk out with a Taser, and hand it to their mugger boyfriend.

Then there’s the Tasers that will fall into the hands of criminals because the victims didn’t get them out fast enough, and they were stolen along with the rest of the contents of her bag.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of foresight being exercised on their part.  Or maybe they just don’t care.  For the moment, it’s a tough sell in Canada, company executives say.  Some high profile deaths, including that of Robert Dziekanski, will prevent approval by the government, in the short term.  But they plan to “re-educate” the Canadian public on Tasers.  How Maoist.  Get ready for the bombardment.

The Nuts Are Out

January 10, 2008

As convenient as online banking is, there is still the odd occasion when you have to go to the actual bricks-and-mortar bank and deal with an actual person.  One such occasion occurred the other day.  I set out, cheque in pocket.

Walking along Broadway, I heard a car horn and shouting.  I looked up the street and saw a drunk, stoned, or maybe just crazy guy in the middle of the road, in front of a stationary pickup or SUV that was blocking the intersection.  As I approached, I got a better look at the guy in the road.  He was wearing an old light blue parka style coat.  As I passed them, I got a better look at him than I wanted.  The moon was out early that afternoon…  Beneath the coat, his pants were hanging below his ass.  Apparently, he doesn’t dress in layers for the winter.  A siren blasted and an unmarked police car appeared out of nowhere.  I guess that’s why they’re unmarked, no?

Continuing along Broadway, I heard another siren blast.  I turned to see two women getting out of the unmarked police car and another unmarked car pulling up from the opposite direction, followed by a police cruiser.  A pretty impressive display of force for a guy whose pants were falling down.  I felt safer already.

After doing a good deed at the bank that caused me to wait far longer than necessary and, therefore, to begin to regret my own niceness, I headed back the same way.  One of those square police vans for prisoners – a modern version of the old paddy wagon, I guess – had joined the other three vehicles.  The guy was surrounded by cops.  I thought they were searching or cuffing him but, as I passed, I saw they were trying to keep his pants up.  One of the women grinned good humouredly as she put some kind of belt on him and told him that should hold them up.  She must have thought, “This isn’t what I signed up for”, before the pants were up.  I wonder who drew the short straw.

And not a taser in sight.