TASERs carry verified risks

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In “Devices offer control that stuns” (Journal, Feb. 2), it was reported that TASERs are “designed to disrupt the exoskeleton system.” TASERs in actuality rely on the disruption of the peripheral nervous system, which includes sensory and motor nerves. As you probably know, humans do not in fact have an “exoskeleton system,” as do animals such as insects, crustaceans and certain mollusks. Additionally, I feel an important oversight was made in the report on TASERs. The article mentions that according to police, the devices are not capable of stopping someone’s heart under normal circumstances. This is indisputable, as studies have shown. However, there are numerous other secondary risks. These risks are openly admitted by TASER International. They include “cuts, bruises, impact injuries and abrasions caused by falling, and strain-related injuries from strong muscle contractions such as muscle or tendon tears, or stress fractures,” according to the company. TASERs are not without risks. Kyle Sandell, Meadow Vista