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IF your Taser ain't "doin the job"

by JP Bill / April 6, 2005 11:49 AM PDT
Sweeping stun guns to target crowds

Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe.

The weapons are designed to address the perceived shortcomings of the Taser, the electric-shock gun already used by 4000 police departments in the US and undergoing trials with some police forces in the UK.
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(NT) (NT) I'll take two!
by Dan McC / April 6, 2005 10:49 PM PDT
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OK- I'm mean!
by Angeline Booher / April 7, 2005 7:59 AM PDT

We've seen tear gas used on unruly crowds. and rubber bullets (which can do harm).

I've seen TV showing riots with cars being burned, storefronts being smashed and the goods stolen, rocks and bottles being thrown. I won't forget that truck driver being pulled from the cab of his truck.

In times like those, the sweeping Tazers sound like a good idea.


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Phasers on 'STUN'
by Lit'l Sasquatch / April 7, 2005 8:46 AM PDT

Given the advances in this technology, can they be that far off?

Live long and prosper.

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Wireless taser
by steveweed / April 14, 2005 6:45 AM PDT

A&M has a similar device though it cannot be used in a sweeping motion. It looks like a long, fat wand, and fires a sphere of ionized gas. 1 shot per cartridge, holds 1 cartridge at a time, comes with 20 cartridges and a charging station. The charging station gets plugged into an outlet and three gas canisters. It uses a mixture of CO2, helium and neon. The cartridge has a small tank that holds the gas mixture and a capacitor for the electrical charge. At peak it delivers a charge of 300,000 volts at 1 billionth of an ampere. Recommended distance to target is 50 feet. The farther the gas sphere travels, the less charge delivered. In practice, I've seen it lay a fugitive out for just over 5 hours. $189, fairly cheap, an non-lethal (usually) alternative to a gun when force must be used.

Notes of caution:

Though listed as non-lethal force, if used on a person with a nerve disorder, a heart condition, or low body mass, it may produce a lethal charge. The idea is to incapacitate (temporarily) not kill, so if one does use it, you might end up with a consequence that was not forseen or desired.

May not be legal in all states/areas.

Some states/areas may require special liscensing/training.

Though it usually does not kill, there will be at the least, a brief moment of extreme pain for the individual shot with it. This may bother the conscience of some users.

Others feel free to add other possible warnings I may have left out.


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