Tasers (IMHO) are good for police where they can take down a person without lethal force, and where the cop has a leathal force sidearm for backup. I was near an incident in Austin where a guy wielding a firearm ran into a place on Sixth Street downtown. He was taken down with by a police officer with a taser. Result: no injuries, and without the use of the taser, it likely would have meant an armed standoff where someone would have gotten hurt or worse.
I don't like them for civilians unless the civilian has had training on how to fire it, and what it can and can't do. Yes, a taser can take a single opponent totally out of the picture. However, in the recent home invasion cases that have been occuring, its usually two or three criminals coming in. If an homeowner just takes down one, the other 1-2 who are not riding the lightning will just advance and pulp the homeowner.
OC or pepper spray is a different matter, because it can be sprayed at multiple targets, but most tasers only have electrodes for a single shot, and with two attackers to deal with, there is still another guy not flopping on the ground and really mad that the taser owner now had to melee/grapple with.
For police use for stopping a felon or someone comitting a crime, yes. For Joe Sixpack who thinks it is a cure-all for any intruder occurances, unless the person has a good pistol at the ready for more than one attacker, it may not be a good thing at all.
Last edited by mlts22; 01-11-08 at 01:41 AM.