The Taserification of America The whole justification for police to get tasers in the first place was to subdue potentially violent suspects -- but it's gone way, way, past that. He points out that the crime in question was a misdemeanor. I have mixed feelings. The officer could have injured himself tackling this guy, but I as I hear of kids being tasered at elementary schools I too wonder if the taser is shifting from less lethal than a gun to less hassle than wrestling. It's worth thinking about...especially since there have been deaths associated with its use. Here's a picture of the event (see this post for more details; click on the image below to see a larger version of this picture): The article also mentions that safety issues on the field are real--e.g., the stabbing of tennis star Monica Seles in 1993 and the beating of Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa in 2002.