The soft tyranny of high voltage 

So division leaders the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies played last night and then this happened:

With 44,817 fans watching in the stands Monday night, the teenage male wearing a black baseball cap, red T-shirt and khaki shorts, ran on to the field during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"This is the first time that a Taser gun has been used by Philadelphia police to apprehend a field jumper," Phillies spokeswoman Bonnie Clark said in a statement. "The Police Department is investigating this matter and The Phillies are discussing with them whether in future situations this is an appropriate use of force under these circumstances. That decision will be made public."

What is wrong with this country? Every time a 17-year-old does something stupid we're going to send 50,000 potentially lethal volts through his system? Tackle the kid -- heck, smack him up side the head if you must. But tasers are inhumane and dangerous, and should only be used when someone is an imminent threat. 

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