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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tazer. Tazer. Tazer.

Over the last forty one years, one has seen lawmakers do lots of
crazy stuff. One night during a very emotional debate over marijuana a
religious female Detroit legislator used an ashtray to bop a pot
smoking colleague from Ann Arbor on the head. 
  Years later in the state senate, a little shrimp of a senator
tangled with a guy twice his size right in the middle of the center
aisle. Championship wrestling it was not, but it was darn close and
darn entertaining even if it broke the decorum of the House of Lords. 
  Enter Rep. Rick Jones who has joined that House of Lords and he's
back on his mission to give average citizens one more tool to fend off
would be crooks. 
  The former sheriff failed last year to legalize tazers for bounty
hunters, reserve police officers and those who own a concealed weapons
permit. 
  But before he whiffed on it, he allowed himself to be tazered before
a house committee. 
  It was vintage Jones who lusts for headlines, but then who in this
town does not? 
  He stood up, was held by two deputies and the guy in front of him
shouted out, "Taser" as the lawmaker melted to the ground, like the
wicked watch in the Wizard of Oz, to the amazement of everyone in the
room including a hoard of TV cameras which recorded the bizarre event
for posterity. 
  Jones recently reintroduced the bill to legalize "devices that use
electro-muscular disruption (EMD) technology." 
  But alas, he declined the offer to be tazered again. 
  After all two teenagers were killed last year when the cops used the
device on them. 

3 Comments:

Anonymous Cell Phone Camera Software said...

This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. You’ve got a design here thats not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what you’re saying. Great job, indeed.

February 12, 2011 at 5:55 AM 
Blogger Timothy P. Flynn, Esq. said...

Skoop, I just had an appellate criminal appointment for a woman who would shop-lift, then when the loss-prevention officers followed her out to her car, she would taze them and drive away. What a nut! These things should not be legal.

February 12, 2011 at 5:58 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Flynn, your case is exactly why Tasers should be legal. LP officers could use them to help detain shoplifters in the same way the criminal in your case used them to temporarily incapacitate the store security officers. Almost all of the injuries/deaths involving tasers result from one of two things: excessive use of illicit drugs, or the resulting fall to the ground.

Those persons interested in defending themselves currently have one of two options: pepper spray or firearms. Tasers are much more effective than pepper spray, and are much less harmful than firearms.

February 15, 2011 at 11:57 PM 

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