James R. in California sends along a tragic story of police officer confusing his taser with his firearm. The news story can be found here. Here’s what James says:
Here in CA there is a big to do over the shooting death of a young man (Oscar Grant) by a BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Apparently, Mr. Grant was being detained by Mr. Mehserle.
At some point Mr. Mehserle felt that Mr. Grant needed to be tasered (tased?). The police officer drew his weapon and fired, killing Mr. Grant. Mehserle had drawn his pistol instead of his TASER.
As you can see [ed: example taser on right] it is remarkably like a pistol in design and form.
The question now becomes “should non-lethal weapons look and act like lethal ones?“