by Pam Zubeck
UPDATE: The TASER class set for March 10 is actually the second one taught by Officer Bob Harris. The first one last year drew 65 people.
The training will focus on the C-2 model, which citizens can and do carry. There will not be any live demonstrations.
Harris is a strong believer in TASER use: "As a law enforcement officer, of all the things I could give my wife, I chose a TASER."
Let this be a warning to all muggers. You never know who might be armed with one of these jolt machines.
The city announced in a calendar item on its Web site that police will host a "special event" at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Gold Hill Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave., for "TASER (civilian) training."
We tried to call the contact number given, but the officer wasn't working today.
The TASER brand Web site says the company has developed a home protection weapon — "the only body guard that fits in your pocket," and states,
Studies show that 80% of potentially violent situations are de-escalated without physical force when aggressive persons are confronted with the laser sight from a TASER ECD.
It also says with a TASER, good aim isn't required, and that you have a right to bear TASERs in the U.S., except in certain states, including Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Stay tuned for more info as it develops.