[[Image:Taser 468x342.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Policeman aiming a Taser Gun.]] The battery-powered device shoots an electrode, attached by a wire to a [[capacitor]], which delivers a powerful [[electric]] shock. The taser is used to subdue suspects who resist arrest, as well as for personal self-defense.
It is favored by people who want to subdue a suspect or assailant without killing him, but is opposed by some people and [[liberal]] groups (like [[Amnesty International]] and the [[ACLU]]). In rare cases, being shot with a taser has resulted in death. <ref>''The Trouble With Tasers - What The Manufacturer Doesn’t Want You To Know'' 7 March 2007 [http://www.crunchgear.com/2007/03/07/a-crunchgear-investigation-the-trouble-with-tasers-what-the-manufacturer-doesnt-want-you-to-know/ CrunchGear]. Accessed 5 January 2008.</ref> These deaths are often attributed to excited delirium, a [[heart]] condition, drug use or [[mental illness]]. This attribution has been controversial, because "excited delirium"
is almost never diagnosed outside of police custody.<ref>[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15001627 Suspects' deaths blamed on 'excited delirium'] (Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2006</ref>
* [[EDC]] - [[Everyday Carry]]
* [[Self-defense]]: [[Firearms]] ([[Rifle]], [[Handgun]], [[Shotgun]]), [[Knife]], [[Pepper spray]],
[[Taser ]], [[Weapon]]s
* [[Second Amendment]] Defenders: [[Gun Owners of America]], [[National Rifle Association]] and [[Second Amendment Foundation]]
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,320385,00.html Forget Tupperware: Taser Parties Are the New Craze], [[Associated Press]], [[Fox News Channel|Fox News]], January 4, 2008*[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyvrqcxNIFs UCLA student without ID refuses to leave the library at night]*[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bVa6jn4rpE Video of student Tasered for resisting arrest at Kerry forum]
**[http://michellemalkin.com/2007/09/17/student-tasered-at-john-kerry-forum/ Michelle Malkin blog entries] show that the student had rushed toward the stage and cut in line to ask his question, his mike was cut off when he said a dirty word, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMaMYL_shxc&eurl=http://volokh.com/posts/1197068663.shtml Speedin Ticket Taser ] - The officer orders the man to put his hands behind his back, and pulls out a taser. The man refuses, says, "What the heck is wrong with you?", and then walks away while reaching toward his pocket.