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June 11, 2005

Stun gun in America (by M)

While I was in Honolulu, I was reading the newspaper, USA Today, which was delivered to my room everyday. One of the articles I found very interesting (shocking) was the report of stun guns used in schools by police officers.

USA Today, Jun 3-5, 2005, says that in Miami-Dade County a police officer used a stun gun on a 6-year-old student. A stun gun is a very degerous device, which paralyzes people with high voltage electric currect. From USA Today:

"Investigation by Amnesty International and The Arizona Republic have linked more than 100 deaths to the devices. ..... 1,700 cops assigned to U.S. schools carried the devices at the start of this school year. ..... In the central Florida counties of Orange, Seminole, Brevard and Polk, at least 24 students have been shocked with stun guns during the past 19 months."

The comment from a stun gun company:

"The Taser [stun gun] device has been shown to be medically safe when used on children."

This comment is shocking because this person takes it for granted that a stun gun is used on children, and says that it is safe if used. In the US we can buy stun guns on the Internet freely. For example, you can buy a cell phone shaped stun gun
here. On this page they say some states (Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan etc.) and several countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, etc.) restrict the use of stun guns, but this means in the other states or countries there are no restrictions on this device (including Japan). I can't believe this. I can imagine how many parents are using stun guns on their children in their home at night. It's horrible.

Japanese police do not carry stun guns. they only carry normal guns, but they rarely use them. After they used guns, they have to explain the reason why they used, and newspapers the next day report the case and make a comment about whether it was used appropriately. In the USA such a procedure is unrealistic. American cops use guns everyday all over the states. When I was in Connecticut a person shot a gun in a college campus, but this was not reported nation-wide. If this happened in Japan, it would be the lead story in newspapers and TVs. In the USA ordinary people can have a gun at home. America is a free contry, they say, but I don't like this kind of freedom. What do you think?

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3 Comments:

  • Funny thing about Americans having guns - there are more guns in Canada per capita than in the US, yet murder is virtually unknown in Canada while the US leads the world per capita in murder, specifically with guns. The guns that so many political organizations fight for the right to own exist and are designed for only one purpose - to kill people. The US Army is so desperate for replacement soldiers to re-supply the invasion forces that they have lowered their standards of education in order to get undertrained bodies out on the battlefield. And the police, who have such a reputation for brutality (among the supposedly well-educated nations), are given weapons that are called 'non-lethal' by the companies that make them. Actually this non-lethal category is just a way of saying it is a torture device, and a code for the police buyers that let them know that police using these things will be harder to prosecute because of the official status of this weapon. It is sad.

    Just last week I read an article from the Washington Post that said America is leading the world in mental illness, with some 25% of the population coping with some sort of mental/emotional disorder. When you are talking about a nation whose government is bullied by religious fanatics who believe that the government has the right to murder those who have comitted crimes, but that a woman does not have the right to choose not to suffer the indignity of raising a child forced upon her by rape, these high levels of confusion are not surprising. Clearly, unity of purpose and commitment are not cultural priorities.

    I think that if someone does not care where their money comes from, investment in the stun-gun making companies is a great way to bring in some gas money for the hummer. It is too bad that concerned citizens are so poorly educated in this country that they hardly notice this type of news.

    Roy

    By Anonymous Roy Kirkland, at 12:30 AM, June 12, 2005  

  • Thank you for your quick response, roy kirkland. I didn't know the difference between the US and Canada. One thing I would like to know is the reason why Japan does not restrict the use of stun guns among ordinary citizens, but this is what I should research. I look forward to your website.

    By Blogger Masahiro_Morioka, at 5:06 PM, June 12, 2005  

  • Thanks for your comments and the replies on how crazy this world is getting, especially in America. Thanks especially for providing the site where I can get a cell phone stun gun. I just ordered one and I suggest you order one. Be assured that I will not use it on minors but only to protect myself. Of course if they pull out a gun then I'm screwed.

    erin

    By Blogger erin, at 5:52 AM, June 25, 2005  

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