Devon and Cornwall Police to Carry Guns.
Okay, so it’s Taser stun-guns and not real Clint Eastwood-style guns, as yet, but the advent of Police carrying stun-guns on our streets is arguably just another step closer to Police carrying real guns.
These Taser stun-guns fire needle-tipped darts up to a distance of about 21ft, according to the Herald, and can disable suspects by delivering a 50,000 volt shock. Considering people die just about every year from 240 volt shocks at home or in work, the potential for serious harm is obvious. The use of Tasers was previously limited to the confronting of armed assailants, by specially trained officers, but now it is to be rolled out to rank and file officers for use in incidents of ‘severe violence’, or mere ‘threat’.
According to Amnesty International, Tasers have resulted in about 220 deaths since brought into operation in Canada and the US. They are potentially lethal, especially with someone who has a heart condition or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Yup, these lethal weapons can now be used, no doubt with impunity a la the Jean Charles de Menezes killing, by Police who feel merely threatened by you. Welcome to Gordon Brown’s brave new Britain. Police State? What Police State?
How long before political demonstrators feel the power of a Taser?
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