Tasers are to be used in place of guns, that is, to repel a lethal, imminent, threat.
Was there a lethal threat in this case?
Wrong. Tasers and firearms are not interchangable.
No. You're wrong. There is a range issue, but handguns and taserguns are short range weapons, only to be used to protect the officer from imminent lethal threat. A gun on the ground is not a lethal threat, so no handgun or tasergun is to be used.
Tasers are 'less than lethal' force, used to gain compliance from a non-compliant subject.
They're actually admitting it openly.
Taserguns are lethal, so drop that lie about nonlethality. Lethality is a binary question.
Further, any cop using a tasergun to "gain compliance" has declared war on America. I told you what a tasergun is to be used for. Commit that to memory.
Cops are not allowed to "gain compliance," certainly not with lethal weapons.
Anyone using a Taser in place of a firearm, to repel a lethal, imminent threat is an idiot.
Then turn in the taserguns, because that's exactly why you have them, as a handgun replacement. They should never have left cops in possession of handguns once the taserguns were issued.
Tasers have a maximum range of 21', and an effective range of 8-15'. Both probes must make contact with the subject, and not be inhibited by thick or loose clothing, to be effective.
That's close to the same engagement range for a handgun. Any further than that, and the cop isn't in imminent fear of death.
Tasers, just as OC spray and Mace before that, are a means to gain compliance from a subject without having to beat the living s$%t out of them. It prevents injury to the officer and minimizes the injury to the subject.
That was one of the sickest paragraphs ever uttered in human history.
I can't believe that I'm reading that America is officially dead.