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  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Anyone have any idea of the voltage that is put out by these Taser
    guns? I am trying to compare them to the electronic cattle zappers
    for which I am familiar, being a farmer myself. I am just curious
    more than anything else, because I keep seeing on the news about
    people having heart attacks from the tasers. I have gotten knocked on
    my butt many times from my electric fences and never had ill effects
    (other than pissing me off when it happens).

    Does anyone know anything about these Tasers. The other thing I cant
    figure out is it appears they can shoot a spark about 6 feet or
    something like that. How in the heck does that occur?

    Thanks all

    Mike
     
  2. Kevin R

    Kevin R Guest

    50,000volts and they cannot shoot sparks 6 feet but they do fire probes that
    pierce the skin and are attached to the gun by fine wires then it applies
    the voltage down the wires
    Kevin
     
  3. NSM

    NSM Guest

    30,000 and up - supposedly.
    They can't. They shoot metal darts with fine wires attached.
     
  4. Guest

    Thanks for the info. That's much higher than an electric cattle
    fence. They range from 3500 to 8000 volts. I have a device to
    measure my fences and locate problems in them. The fence voltages
    vary from weather conditions (grounding), weeds that touch them, and
    voltages drop in very cold weather.

    I am still trying to find the voltage for the cattle probes. I dont
    use them myself, but I know they produce a nasty jolt.

    So they shoot probes. That I didn't know. OUCH - Don't sound like
    any fun !!

    Mike
     
  5. NSM

    NSM Guest

    Usually you don't want to drop th cows on the ground convulsing and
    paralysed.
     
  6. Kevin R

    Kevin R Guest

    I did see them test one on Jackass and he had to pull the probes out with
    pliers as they have barbs like a fish hook it was so funny to watch but I
    would not like to be on the receiving end
    Kevin
     
  7. Get pulled over in the State of Florida for anything, especially if you are
    black, you'll probably be tazed before they ask you for "license,
    registration, and proof of insurance please." Just a precausionary measure
    of course.
     
  8. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Here's a story on a recent Taser death in Chicago, not an isolated
    incident. Other recent examples around the country of questionable use
    of the units have included children younger than 10 & 70 year olds:
    http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_041192416.html

    The Taser company itself is also being investigated by the Securities
    and Exchange Commission for some shady stock dealings:
    http://www.officer.com/article/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=20063

    I saw an episode of "Cops" one time where a couple fairly small cops
    were confronted by a very large, muscular and beligerant drunk driving
    suspect. They had a German Shepard, which they threatened to loose on
    the guy if he didn't settle down. He responded to the effect "go ahead,
    I'll knock him out cold" which from the man's size seemed likely. They
    tazed him once, after which he was as docile as a baby. Aside from the
    risk of fatal heart attacks, I'd personally probably rather be zapped
    than have my skull fractured & suffer a concussion from a night stick,
    or worse yet shot. On the other hand, it's not hard to point to
    obviously questionable uses of force at the hands of authorities, like
    the kid who was just shot to death in LA. No question, some communities
    do seem to suffer these events more than others. No easy answers on
    this one.

    Dan
     
  9. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    Depends on how you act,regardless of race.

    Do you even LIVE in Florida? I do.
     
  10. Guest

    They got Jeb Bush so I dont doubt this at all !!!
    Yeah, right, precautionary !!!!
     
  11. Luca T.

    Luca T. Guest

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    Mike wrote:
    | Anyone have any idea of the voltage that is put out by these Taser
    | guns? I am trying to compare them to the electronic cattle zappers
    | for which I am familiar, being a farmer myself. I am just curious
    | more than anything else, because I keep seeing on the news about
    | people having heart attacks from the tasers. I have gotten knocked on
    | my butt many times from my electric fences and never had ill effects
    | (other than pissing me off when it happens).

    The voltage of Tasers is higher since their goal is not to "scare an
    animal" but to temporary block the muscles of an adult person.
    Tasers should NOT be used on kids, unfortunately american police is
    using them in a very irresponsible (and stupid) way shooting at kids too
    (and really risking to kill them). A weapon like a Taser should ONLY be
    given to ppl with enough brain and proper istructions to use them,
    unfortunately in some countries they are not even considered a real
    weapon so the police (and not only) are using them as if they were toys.

    Bye,
    ~ Luca

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  12. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    I believe one of those "kids" tasered was over 6 ft and 220 lbs.

    The term "kid" or "child" is too often incorrectly used.
    IMO,it's used more to evoke an emotional response than to accurately
    describe.(for an informed opinion)

    Incorrect;they use them as non-lethal alternatives to shooting the suspect.
    Even pepper spray is capable of killing some people.
    Tell me,if a "kid" (meaning young adult,15 and up) had a handgun and
    threatened to use it,would using a TASER be allowable or better than
    shooting and perhaps killing the "kid"?
     
  13. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi...

    Hey, a child is a child is a child. A legal definition in
    each and every state/province/whatever. And I'm willing
    to bet that every statute refers only to chronological age.
    Period. A child the size of a small elephant would still be
    a child. A child with the brain of an Einstein or one
    severely handicapped is - a child.

    The mind of a child, the behaviour of a child. And deserve,
    by any even close to rational adult to be treated as a child.

    Ken
     
  14. Dan

    Dan Guest

    I agree, as with drinking/voting age, the term "child" under the law
    relates to intellectual/emotional maturity, not physical size. The
    poling place does not have a sign reading "You must be this tall to get
    on this ride".

    RE: taser deaths in general, here's an interesting graphic from the
    Seattle Post Intelligencer newspaper
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/tasers/deaths.shtml Apparently
    78 people have been killed by the units since 2000 in the US & Canada,
    with half of those deaths occuring in 2004, no doubt as a result of
    their increasing prevalance. Obviously, the term "non-lethal" needs to
    be re-evaluated when it comes to the taser.

    Dan
     
  15. Kevin R

    Kevin R Guest

    the trouble in living in a country that has a gun culture is the amount of
    nutters with guns and I don't blame the police using them as I would use one
    if it was the choice of this or getting ,hand guns should never have been
    allowed to be carried by the general public and its to late now to ban them
    as there must be millions in circulation in the US I am just glad we don't
    allow guns over in the UK
    Kevin
     
  16. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    A "child" the size of a grown man is every bit of a threat as a grown
    man,and can do as much damage as a grown man.

    Some "children" are already vicious criminals,some already have
    intentionally killed people.

    Even a "child" can cause great harm to others.
    Especially a 6ft,220 lb "child".
     
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