Archive for the 'TASER Inc. in-house history' Category

USA – ‘Who Made That Stun Gun?’ (2014-05-11)

Posted on May 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (Note this article uses questionable TASER International statistics on police depts adopting tasers … ) The use of stun guns by law-enforcement dates back to the 1960s and the use of cattle prods against civil right demonstrators. Numerous patents from 1965 for stun-guns. Jack Cover’s “TASER” did no better, until the Smith […]

USA – TASER International, Inc. : ‘TASER Honors 100,000 Lives Saved by Partnering With Arbor Day Foundation’ (2012-12-19)

Posted on December 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The taser manufacturer is planting trees to celebrate the 100,000th life saved by tasers. This number- 100,000 – has been determined by a “miraculous” timer on the website that adds another life saved every 30 minutes, which means 48 a day, 336 a week, … 17,482 a year. Since they started […]

USA – Taser Maker [CEO Rick Smith] Says Device Has Been Law Enforcement ‘Game Changer’ (2011-11-11)

Posted on November 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In general an investigative report showing TASER in a very positive light. A major U.S. TV network reports – including video footage – on part of the controversy surrounding tasers in the USA: enormous litigation costs for the company. TASER Inc. CEO Rock Smith: “We changed the rules of the game”: instead of […]

USA – Police magazine: “TASERs Can Prevent Another Rodney King Incident” (2011-03-04)

Posted on March 4 2011 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Article from an online police magazine that looks into the pre-history of the taser X26: how the 14-watt taser used against Rodney King wasn’t strong ebnough and how, according to Taser communications-director Steve Tuttle, this incited the company to design a better weapon. Note reference to Clkint Eastwood’s “The Enforcer” : “a […]

ANALYSIS / USA – Death by Taser – The Killer Alternative to Guns (2006-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2006 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Long touted as a safer alternative to handguns for law enforcement, tasers are potentially deadly weapons that have a growing history of abuse by police and security guards. This in-depth article – 3,800 words – was published shortly after an unwarranted and brutal taser attack on a UCLA student in the University […]

FRANCE – Taser-France – Histoire officielle sur le site – DELINQUANTS – POLICIERS : QUAND LE COURANT PASSE [Official history on French TASER site : Delinquents – police : when the current passes] (2005)

Posted on December 31 2005 by admin

DELINQUANTS – POLICIERS : QUAND LE COURANT PASSE Outre-Atlantique il est très populaire chez les forces de l’ordre qui l’appellent le Taser ; en France on parle d’arme à transfert d’énergie électrique. Le Taser X 26, pistolet électronique paralysant vient d’être testé chez les Groupes d’intervention de la Police Nationale, au RAID et au GIGN, […]

USA – Taser International, Inc.: Company history [the Corporation’s image, with all the details] (2004)

Posted on December 31 2004 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Here is the history – published in 2004 – as the company wants it to be seen, from the early “taser” of NASA scientist, Jack Cover and including the corporate mission: “to raise mankind above violent behavior by developing products which enable people to protect themselves without causing injury or death to […]

USA – New York Times –“Taser had performed only two animal studies before introducing the M26” (2004/07/18)

Posted on July 19 2004 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : In 1996, Taser hired Robert Stratbucker, a Nebraska doctor and farmer, to test the weapon. Dr. Stratbucker, who is now Taser’s part-time medical director, shocked a pig 48 times with shocks as large as those from the M26. The pig suffered no heart damage. Three years later, the company hired […]

USA – “New Taser Guns Aim for Bigger Things: Response to Terror” (2001-11-18)

Posted on November 18 2001 by admin

ASSOCIATED PRESS, by Alisa Blackwood SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When his brother’s two football buddies were killed in a drive-by shooting a decade ago, Tom Smith and his brother began thinking more seriously about how to protect themselves and their family from violent criminals. Tom and Rick Smith’s father was frequently out of town and they […]

TASER Inc. – Press Release: Company Shocked That Its Product Will Be Banned in Connecticut Without Any Consultation From Legislature (1998-05-14)

Posted on May 14 1998 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS  : A C onnecticut bill primarily requires safety locks for all handguns sold in Connecticut. Despite the legislature’s good intentions, “the bill also adds a small but devastating provision to ban certain devices deemed as a dangerous weapon. One such device included in this act is the non-lethal AIR TASER(R) used by consumers […]