Do Tasers Hurt?

Seems like a stupid question right? But remember the old saying, ‘there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers…’ From Discovery News:

Since the advent of our nation’s pastime, there has been a longstanding tradition of the fan who thinks it will be just HILARIOUS to jump onto a baseball diamond and get his or her 15 minutes of fame before getting tackled by security guards.

On Monday, 17-year-old Steve Consalvi decided to do just that during a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Except this time, the overzealous fan who told his dad he was looking for a “once in a lifetime experience” got a little more than he bargained for: he got Tasered. It’s the first time a Taser has been used to stop a spectator who’s running on the field.

The kid’s OK, and now the Phillies and Philadelphia police are investigating whether the officer’s use of the Taser was appropriate.

So do Tasers hurt?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Yes, they do, but not for very long — or at least that’s how they’re supposed to work.

Stun guns and Tasers, which use a compressed gas cartridge to shoot two electrodes at the intended target, work by scrambling the communication system in your body.

Imagine your body as an office, with each department in constant discussion. Your brain talks to your nerve cells, which then talk to your muscle cells and vice versa. Everything’s clicking; everyone’s happy

Until you get Tasered. Then the computers crash and the phone lines go down – but just for a little while…

[continues at Discovery News]

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9 Comments on "Do Tasers Hurt?"

  1. forrestghearst | May 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

    If he hadn't jumped on the field, he wouldn't have been tasered. Basically, this kid's best outcome scenarios went out the window when he decided to be an idiot. Seriously, would getting tasered hurt any less than being violently thrown down and pinned to the ground by three or four very angry security personnel? No sympathy for him whatsoever.

    • tonyviner | May 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |

      One day you will get tazed, and on that day I will rejoice.

    • Broken_Finger | May 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

      They probably should have tased him again once he was down, just to be safe. He got his once in a lifetime experience, either way.

  2. Hadrian999 | May 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm |

    tazers arent “safe” and should be used less, they are probably safer than having the S*** kicked out of you by a cop or security guard

  3. tonyviner | May 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm |

    One day you will get tazed, and on that day I will rejoice.

  4. what the hell? someone was interrupting a popular sport, so we shot him. Good going, society.

  5. justagirl | May 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

    remember when hank got tazed on “me myself and irene”! LOL! he was like “HEEEY!” that was awesome.

  6. justagirl | May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    remember when hank got tazed on “me myself and irene”! LOL! he was like “HEEEY!” that was awesome.

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