There are quite a few controversial stories about people getting tased lately. Controversial, because they’re incidents that never should have happened. I look at some of them and I can’t figure out whether they’re more attributable to a lack of training. Or just plain laziness.
There’s no reason that 4 or 5 guys can’t easily subdue and arrest one person without using a taser.
The big problem is that tasers are not being used the way they were intended to be used. They’re supposed to be used in situations where the only other alternative would be to draw a gun. The taser is supposed to be a non-lethal alternative.
But they’re being used (increasingly) in situations where authorities would never think of drawing their guns.
Of course, some people need to be tased. We just need some rules. In 1942, Isaac Asimov gave us the Three Laws of Robotics. So here’s three new laws for this century …
The Three Laws of Tasering
- A taser may not be used to injure an unarmed human being or, through non-use, allow an unarmed human being to come to harm.
- A taser must be used to subdue armed human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A taser must protect its user’s existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Those are the rules.
Follow the rules. Bro.