November 13, 2008
By Ryan Loew • Lansing State Journal
"Electrifying." Perhaps an understatement, but that's how state Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, described the experience of being Tasered on Wednesday.
Jones allowed himself to be Tasered during a House Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources Committee meeting in an effort to show the safety of the personal protection devices.
A Taser is a high-voltage stun gun.
Jones and others testified before the committee in support of House Bill 5755, which would allow Michigan residents to carry Tasers for self defense.
Jones, a former Eaton County sheriff, said he had never been Tasered before.
As part of the demonstration, a Taser company official attached two contact probes to Jones' back, and while Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines and a deputy held him, the trigger was pulled.
Jones described the five -second experience as "stunning" and "incapacitating."
"I wouldn't necessarily volunteer for it again," Jones said.
"If I had to to get it past the Senate, I would ... "
WELCOME to TRUTH ... not TASERS
Thursday, November 13, 2008