Sunday, September 02, 2007

Oh, The Halcyon Days Of Youth

Police have been given the go-ahead to use Taser stun guns against children. Until now, Tasers - which emit a 50,000-volt electric shock - have been used only by specialist officers as a "non lethal" alternative to firearms.

But...the Defence Scientific Advisory Council medical committee, which is made up of independent scientists and doctors, said that limited research suggested there was a risk children could suffer "a serious cardiac event". The Government scientists were also asked to test whether the weapons could cause a miscarriage if used on a pregnant woman.

Taser International, the American firm that makes the device, said tests on pigs suggested the weapons were safe.

Pig-tested? Why didn't you say so in the first place?! It doesn't get more reliable than pig-tested. After all, we're talking about taking down lazy teenagers and pregnant women here, not hardened criminals or AWOL soldiers.


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