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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Taser Gun Inventor Dies

Jack Cover, inventor of the Taser gun, has died. The Australian:

    JACK Cover, an aerospace scientist who invented the controversial Taser stun gun now widely used by police, has died in southern California at the age of 88.

    Mr Cover was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and died of pneumonia at a retirement home in Mission Viejo today.

    Taser guns use electrical shocks to subdue unruly offenders, which supporters say helps reduce violence. Critics, however, have linked the device to a number of deaths.

    "Jack was one of the most influential inventors of modern times who affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers, citizens and even criminal suspects," CEO and founder of Taser International, Rick Smith, said.



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