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Friday, December 14, 2007

Tasers are the New Tupperware

posted by on December 14 at 9:45 AM

The Arizona Republic reports:

She has had parties in Phoenix and Scottsdale by invitation. Guests have the opportunity to shoot the Taser for the first time at a cardboard cutout during the parties. For safety reasons, no alcohol is served and no one is actually Tasered.

After her first Taser party in Scottsdale recently, Shafman said, “I think the party was spectacular. It opened up opportunities for people to ask questions and get informed about the Tasers.”

Debi McMahon was excited to get her Taser activated.

“I feel like I’m 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. I’m going to buy one for my mom. It’s going to be her 81st birthday present.”

The Tasers come in color choices of pink, blue, silver or black, which caused the women at the Scottsdale party to worry that their small children might see the colored Tasers as a toy.

Courtesy of Danger Room

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Nice. I want a pink one. it is a shame that they dont serve alcohol at the parties. I want to know that when i come out of the bar at 2:30 I will be able to tazer my buddy without missing.

Posted by mickey in aR | December 14, 2007 9:47 AM

These parties are useless without alcohol and actual Tasering. At least that way, the soccer moms might have second thoughts before Tasering anyone who looks at them after dark. I mean, in the armed forces you have to get pepper-sprayed to see what it's like so you aren't so trigger-happy, right?

Posted by Jessica | December 14, 2007 9:47 AM

This is vastly troubling.

On a somewhat related note, do police officers get Tasered as part of their training? Do they know what it feels like, how dangerous it is?

Posted by Greg | December 14, 2007 9:50 AM

"Don't tase me, Meema!"

Posted by Mahtli69 | December 14, 2007 9:57 AM

How long before we here about the death of someone that tasered themselves by accident, say, reaching into their purse?

Posted by MrEdCT | December 14, 2007 9:57 AM

@3: I think they do.

Posted by Jerod | December 14, 2007 9:58 AM

When is it legal to Taser someone? Might I get tasered by a soccer mom just because I look menacing? I should start carrying pepper spray, and making sure to spray passersby so that they won't be able to aim their tasers at me accurately. I must defend myself and my fearsome visage, and I think that pepper spray, unlike tasers, is actually non-lethal.

Posted by oljb | December 14, 2007 9:59 AM

Oh shit, better hope my wife doesn't see this or she'll wanna throw a taser party.

Posted by Mike of Renton | December 14, 2007 10:01 AM

Yeah well, I'm Asian. So you know, I was born with all that Kung Fu Karate stuff. My hands are lethal weapons. I don't need no stinking taser.

That and I would be the dumbass that tased herself on accident.

Posted by GirlDuJourToday | December 14, 2007 10:05 AM

I can't wait to be tasered by mistake by some confused 81-year-old woman at the mall.

Posted by Fnarf | December 14, 2007 10:09 AM

Fnarf, that's what you get for being so scary-looking AND making eye contact with her. You damn kids are always out to snatch purses and bang on picket fences with sticks. Tasing's too good for you. Back in my day....

Posted by Jessica | December 14, 2007 10:16 AM

It's an innovative solution to that long line at the checkout counter.

It'll also help the Southern Baptists with that whole wifey-submission-thingy.

P.S. Don't taze me, bro! FUCK BUSH!

Posted by Original Andrew | December 14, 2007 10:16 AM

You know, it's interesting how women have to spend their lives worried that they'll be raped by some strange man... and 1 in 4 will be. Yet, we're not supposed to dwell on it, or act like it's a big deal, but when 100 women in the entire country go to taser parties, all the dudes are FREAKING OUT that they will get randomly tasered. The odds of that have to be like 1 in a million, which when you compare that to the 1 in 4 rape statistic is nothing.

Poor guys, they are so much to worry about.

Posted by miss_m | December 14, 2007 10:18 AM

please, please, pleeease tell me that someone is going to introduce the taser party idea (with alcohol) to that show 'crowned'.

Posted by tenspeed | December 14, 2007 10:22 AM

Think I'll just stick with my .45, if it's all the same to you.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | December 14, 2007 10:26 AM


Your point is taken. However, it's not accurate that 1 in 4 women will be raped by strangers. Most of them will be raped by friends and family, for which tasers are less of an effective deterrent. Still, you're right that more women will likely be raped by strangers than men will be tased by women.

I don't really see increased use of weapons by civilians to be a positive development by our culture. But I guess the cat's out of the bag on that one.

Posted by oljb | December 14, 2007 10:26 AM

Are these party tasers offered at a discount? And can you get them monogrammed? This might be just what my family Christmas morning needs to perk it up a little.

Posted by Katelyn | December 14, 2007 10:27 AM

Tasers are dumb. Guns kick ass.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 14, 2007 10:34 AM

@16 I agree that carrying around tasers is incredibly stupid. I'm sure as hell not going to go to a taser party.

Still, I can't belive some men are actually worried over the remote possibility of being tasered by a random woman. Some people need to grow some perspective.

Posted by miss_m | December 14, 2007 10:42 AM

I'm only getting one if it plays MP3's, shows me the web, and has a full texting keyboard.

Posted by Original Monique | December 14, 2007 10:44 AM

@ Original Monique,


Posted by Original Andrew | December 14, 2007 10:45 AM

Wait... you MUST have the PINK SEAL taser

Posted by M | December 14, 2007 10:51 AM

@20: they call it the vTase. Get the new special edition loaded with Fergie's album! The only place you can listen to Fergie and do what comes naturally- hurt the public who bought the album!

Posted by Jessica | December 14, 2007 10:57 AM

@Jessica: ROFLMAO

@Original Andrew: I can picture the advertisements already, some dude dancing..then he gets tazed by the new and improved iZap.


Posted by Original Monique | December 14, 2007 11:08 AM

However, if we instituted a "Trade your gun for a tazer" program we would only have mass taserings at universities and malls, meaning no one gets killed. There is some good to this.

Posted by Acme toy co. | December 14, 2007 11:21 AM

@22 that toy is cute but this
is one step away from being an actual accessory. next combo will be sex toys, and not the violet wand.

Posted by oracle | December 14, 2007 11:52 AM

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