Are Tasers Helpful or Harmful? It Depends on Who You Ask

Stun guns, also referred to as tasers, are frequently used by law enforcement to subdue a suspect by delivering an electrical current to stun the person into submission. The stun gun can deliver up to 50,000 volts of electricity, and causes a person’s muscle tissues to contract. According to Amnesty International, 334 Americans died between 2001 and 2008 after being tased.

So far, research has been inconclusive on the stun gun, but The New York Times reports that now cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco, have conducted a review of 50 studies on tasers. The results of the study depends upon whom you ask. In all, the researchers found 23 of the studies were financed by Taser International, a manufacture of the stun gun, and 27 were written by independent researchers. The report concludes the mixed results on the safety of the stun gun may depend on the author.

According to the industry funded studies – 70 percent concluded stun guns were not likely to be harmful or were not harmful.

According to independent studies – 26 percent found that tasers were not harmful and half found tasers were unlikely to be harmful or not harmful.

With thousands of stun guns sold to law enforcement on a yearly basis, with promises that the taser is safe to use, law enforcement agencies need to understand that assurances of safety may be as reliable as the research. The Florida taser victim lawyers at Farah & Farah suggest that users of stun guns need to look deeper to see if the information they have been given regarding the safety of tasers has been tainted by industry-funded research. If you have suffered severe physical injuries as the result of being tased, contact our attorneys to learn more about your legal options today.

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