Letter to the editor: Taser solution

To the editor:

I, too, notice the recent repeat tragedy of mistaken use of lethal firearms by police rather than their intended use of only a Taser. It is not only a tragedy for the deceased and their families but also for the officers involved and for police in their respective departments — and police everywhere. Unless steps are taken to reduce the possibility of repeats of such events, they will absolutely recur.

Obvious steps are readily available; a couple of low-tech ideas readily come to mind.

1. Altering the grip so that it can be more easily recognized as being less similar than that of lethal firearms, (i.e., put a couple of rubber bands or tape around the grip.)

2. Placement on the body of the user in a manner or placement not similar to placement of lethal firearms.

Either or both of these safeguards would be easy to accomplish with little or no cost. Why not do them?

Lawrence Bodle,



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