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On the street: Should the Lawrence police be equipped with stun guns?

Asked at Lawrence Post Office, 645 Vt. on May 20, 2004

Susan Lawrence, unemployed, Lawrence

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“I think stun guns would be a good idea if there were enough funds to equip the force. But the way the economy is now, I can’t see spending $80,000 on stun guns.”

Rose Worthington, customer service, Ozawkie

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“It all depends on the situation. I know there are a lot of people who get violent and sometimes they need more than pepper spray.”

Eric Anderson, Benedictine College history professor, Lawrence

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“Part of me feels it’s better to use nonlethal force, but you have to weigh that against some of the negative instances with stun guns. I think pepper spray should be enough.”

Andrew Shuster, KU senior, Fremont, Neb.

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“I would say that, no, it’s not worth the expense. They need stronger measures than what’s currently available to them, though.”

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