den Otter [firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
>In that case ordinary stun guns and air tasers should be quite popular
>with crooks, yet in reality their use [by criminal elements] is rather rare
>afaik. Any stats on that?
But in the real world, current non-lethal weapons really aren't very effective; much easier to rent or buy a gun and threaten someone with it than zap them. I thought we were talking about Trek-style phasers here, which knock people out for at least a few minutes?