Taser International is now targeting women to boost their bottom line. I thought I was shock proof, well it appears I’m not, this one blindsided me. That football term is so appropriate for my reaction when I read this article in the Orlando Sentinel this morning.
It seems that women are more interested in Tasers than Tupperware. Taser International came out with a C-2 Taser for civilian use. Here is their marketing strategy:
And its release has launched a new trend: get-togethers in the spirit of Tupperware and lingerie parties but where women sell women Tasers.
In addition to her own pink C2, safely secured in a pink holster with a sparkly pink decal, Norris came armed with a stack of pink folders holding pink literature.
She passed out brochures featuring a smartly dressed woman pictured above a Taser and the slogan “I will control my own destiny,” as well as an order form (pink) that revealed they could choose from Tasers in nine colors and patterns. But she said the main purpose of Taser parties is for women to have frank discussions.
You can get your Taser to color coordinate with your wardrobe. They make it sound like a cell phone accessory; except cell phones can’t kill you. What I find even more troubling is that they are considered non-lethal. When the evidence proves quite to the contrary – TNT Truth..Not Tasers has documented every single death from Tasers. As of October 1st of this year there are 378 documented deaths by Tasers.
Since they are considered non-lethal you are not required to have a permit. Other alarming facts about these civilian Tasers:
Color scheme aside, the main difference between the C2 and the Tasers used by law enforcement is C2′s 30-second shock. The models commonly used by law enforcement shock for only five seconds. The reason, Norris explained, is that a law enforcement officer wants to subdue and detain a suspect. A civilian wants to incapacitate an attacker and leave time to run. The punch is the same: 1,200 volts.
Each Taser cartridge is only good for one use. But the firing end does serve as a contact stun gun.
With Taser deaths on the rise, I see this as compounding the problem. This gives us another weapon for children to use also with fatal effects. In my research, I found another reason for concern. I will explain how the Department of Homeland Security may change your mind on these non-lethal weapons, which you can now purchase for personal use.
DHS jumping on the Taser bandwagon
In the future, along with your peanuts, you may have to wear a safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser. Senior government official has expressed great interest in, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers (video of the EMD safety bracelet).
This bracelet would:
• Take the place of an airline boarding pass
• Contain personal information about the traveler
• Be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage
• Shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes
The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if the passenger got out of line.
Clearly the Electronic ID Bracelet is a euphemism for the EMD Safety Bracelet, or at least it has a nefarious hidden ability (thus the term ID Bracelet is ambiguous at best). EMD stands for Electro-Musclar Disruption. Again, according to the promotional video, the bracelet can completely immobilize the wearer for several minutes.
According to this letter from DHS official, Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, which was written to the inventor whom he had previously met with, Ruwaldt wrote, “To make it clear, we [the federal government] are interested in… the immobilizing security bracelet, and look forward to receiving a written proposal.”
So now, we will not only have to worry that someone is carrying one of these new civilian model C-2 Tasers, that will render you incapacitated, we may have to wear one in the future when we take a flight. Neither prospect do I find solace. No one is perfect, image for a moment being upset at the airport, which is quite common nowadays, a flight delay or confiscation of items they deem unacceptable. Before you answer, consider this.
With the grime reality that Taser deaths are on the rise – given the potential you may have to wear one of these non-lethal bracelets in the near future, how comfortable are you feeling about these Tasers now? Are they appearing “less lethal”?