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Here's a brief history of the stun gun.
After the first batteries were created in the late 1800's an inventor, John Burton from Wichita, Kansas applied for and received a patent for his "Electric Prod Pole", or an electric cattle prod. Burton's purpose for creating this was to assist driving cattle without damaging their hides.
The model was very simple but effective. It used a battery, a coil of wound wire, and two prongs, one positive and the other negative. The coil stepped up the voltage enough so that the current could penetrate an animal's hide and cause a localized shock. Within a couple of decades another patent was given for a very similar battery powered design that used a new method to hold the end-cap on and added an on/off switch.
In 1950 the electric cattle prod was used by most cowboys to move cattle up the chutes. I'm sure it wasn't long before one cowboy zapped another and a seed for another use was planted.
In 1933 a Cuban inventor named Cirilo Diaz developed a "Stun Glove" that he thought would help the police cope with unruly suspects and demonstrators.
But, it didn't catch on. In the early 1960s police used cattle prods to help control riots and civil rights protesters.
Then comes Jack Cover who invented the Taser. Educated as a nuclear physicist, Cover invested most of his career earning a living in aerospace and defense industries. He started to build the Taser in the 1960s because of a rash of airplane hijackings. Sky marshals began carrying pistols on commercial airliners to deter hijackers, but Cover saw the possible danger. If a bullet missed the hijacker and pierced the fuselage instead, the plane could crash.
He thought he could come up with a non-lethal way to stop hijackers.
In an interview with the Orange County Register in 1991 Cover said that he got the idea for the Taser after hearing about a man who was briefly immobilized by a fallen power line. He began experimenting in his garage and in the late 1960s developed a device that looked something like a flashlight but fired darts that transmitted an electrical charge. The darts had a range up to 15 feet.
He got the name for the device from one of his favorite childhood books, "Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle." In the book, the Tom Swift invents a rifle that shoots out bolts of electricity. The story obviously continued to inspire Cover's creativity years later, when he thought of the name TASER as an acronym for "Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle." Cover added the middle initial "A" so the name would make more sense.
Since the 1960s the idea of a non-lethal, hand held personal protection device has inspired many styles such as lipstick stun guns, stun batons, flashlight stun guns, cell phone stun guns and other disguised stun gun devices.
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