Tasers

By Da Burger

Intro

Imagine that you come home and a thief is climbing out your window. You canŐt catch him and he has tons of your valuables. Then if you have a Taser all you need to do to get it all back is shoot him.

History of a Taser

       This paragraph tells why the Taser was invented. According to Wikipedia, Taser International CEO Rick Smith has testified in Taser-related lawsuit that the catalyst for the development of the device was the "shooting death of two of his high school acquaintances" by a "guy with a legally licensed gun who lost his temper." In 1993, Rick Smith and his brother Tim began to investigate what they called "safer use of force option[s] for citizens and law enforcement. (Wikipedia.com)

       This paragraph is about who and when it was invented. According to Wikipedia, Jack Cover, a NASA researcher, began developing the Taser in 1969. By 1974, Cover had completed the device. (Wikipedia.com) It took him 5 years to develop the Taser.

       This paragraph is about the name of the Taser. According to Wikipedia, this real weapon was named after a fictional character: Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle. The name Taser is a registered trade name. (Wikipedia.com) Tom Swift was Jack CoverŐs childhood hero who made other technology.

       This is about the deaths that Tasers have caused. According to Wikipedia, the ACLU alleges that, since 1999, at least 148 people have died in the United States and Canada after being shocked with Tasers by police officers (Wikipedia.com).

How a Taser Works

This paragraph is about how a Taser shoots. According to Wikipedia, a Taser fires two small dart-like electrodes connected to the main unit by conductive wire and propelled by small compressed nitrogen charges similar to some air gun or paintball marker propellants. (Wikipedia.com)

This paragraph is about the voltage of a Taser. According to Tom Harris, The batteries supply electricity to a circuit consisting of various electrical components. The circuitry includes multiple transformers, components that boost the voltage in the circuit, typically to between 20,000 and 150,000 volts, and reduce the amperage. (HowStuffWorks.com)

This paragraph is about the effect of a Taser. According to Tom Harris, the charge combines with the electrical signals from the attacker's brain. This is like running an outside current into a phone line: The original signal is mixed in with random noise, making it very difficult to decipher any messages. When these lines of communication go down, the attacker has a very hard time telling his muscles to move, and he may become confused and unbalanced. He is partially paralyzed, temporarily. (HowStuffWorks.com)

What a Taser Is

       This paragraph is about what a Taser does. According to Columbia Encyclopedia, the stun gun, a hand-held electronic device that produces a high-voltage pulse that can immobilize a person for several minutes with no permanent damage in most cases. It is powered by ordinary batteries, which supply power to a circuit containing transformers, oscillators, capacitors, and electrodes. The transformers increase the voltage in the circuit to between 20,000 and 150,000 V and reduce the current proportionally. The oscillators fluctuate the current to produce a specific pulse frequency, and the current charges the capacitors. Pressing the electrodes to a person's body releases high-voltage electrical energy at a frequency pattern designed to interfere with the neurological impulses that travel through the human body to control voluntary muscle movement. The use of stun guns has been associated with death in some cases, typically when the person gun was used on has taken drugs or has a pre-existing heart condition. The degree to which the stun gun may have contributed to the deaths is unclear. (Web.ebscohost.com)

       This paragraph is about what the XREP is. According to Wikipedia, Taser International recently said they had finished developing a long-range wireless electro-shock projectile called XREP (eXtended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile), which can be fired from any 12-gauge shotgun; its range is currently 100 feet, but the U.S. Department of Defense, which has funded development of the technology, expects delivery of a 300-foot-range projectile of this type from the company in 2007.

       This paragraph is about the Liquid Charge Stun Gun. According to Tom Harris, These devices work the same way as Taser guns except they use a liquid stream to conduct electricity rather than extended wires. (HowStuffWorks.com)

Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to read my report on Tasers.

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser

Wikipedia

Taser

April 28, 2008

Jack Cover invented the Taser that used gunpowder in 1974.

 

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http://home.howstuffworks.com/stun-gun6.htm

Harris, Tom

How Stun Guns work: Liquid Charge

April 28, 2008

Liquid Charge Stun Guns work the same as normal Stun Guns exept they use steam to carry the voltage rather than wires.

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser

Wikipedia

Taser

April 28, 2008

Taser stands for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.

 

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http://home.howstuffworks.com/stun-gun2.htm

Harris, Tom

How Stun Guns Work: Disrupting the System

April 30, 2008

It works like running an outside current into a phone line. It is hard to understand what the speaker is saying. Tasers disrupt the nervous system and make the victim confused and unbalanced?

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser

Wikipedia

Taser: Function

May 1, 2008

Tasers use nitrogen to shoot.

 

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http://home.howstuffworks.com/stun-gun3.htm

Harris, Tom

How Stun Guns Work: Standard Stun Gun

May 1, 2008

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser

Wikipedia

Taser

May 2, 2008

 

 

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http://web.ebscohost.com/src/results?vid=3&hid=108&sid=162e347b-73f8-42ef-935d-360d12c342e4%40sessionmgr109

Columbia Encyclopedia

Stun Gun

May 5, 2008

Stun gun, a hand-held electronic device that produces a high-voltage pulse that can immobilize a person for several minutes with no permanent damage in most cases.

 

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser

Wikipedia

Taser

May 20, 2008

The Taser was invented because Rick and Tim Smith were tired of people dieing.

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XREP#Wireless_long-range_electric_shock_weapon

Wikipedia

Elecroshock Weapon

May 20, 2008

Taser International recently said they had finished developing a long-range wireless electro-shock projectile called XREP (eXtended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile).

 

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser

Wikipedia

Taser

May 20, 2008

There are two types of police types called M26 and X26 but there is a civilian model called the C2.