ShockRounds(TM) and Electric Shock Weapons in Law Enforcement
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE)
-- 09/09/2004 -- MDM Group, Inc. (OTC: MDDM) provides the following advice and comment due to the recent and continuing extensive media coverage of issues relating to TASER® and subsequent inquiries relating to the company's ShockRounds™ project.
Planned ShockRounds™ bullets are very different from the TASER® device in both their mode of operation and their respective use profiles.
ShockRounds™ technology provides for the addition of high voltage electric discharge to a wide range of existing less-lethal and lethal munitions. The electric shock to be delivered through a ShockRounds™ product is designed to potentiate the function of the bullet itself. In a less-lethal rubber bullet round, for example, the electrical discharge on the target may be very brief and intense, compared to a typical five second exposure through being 'Tasered.' Each ShockRounds™ product is wireless and is purpose specific with shock levels of differing intensity and pattern planned for each such purpose.
MDM would like to stress that ShockRounds™ are not a competitor to the TASER® device. The company is of the view that the TASER® device is a very suitable close-range less-lethal solution to serious threat of harm or violence and as such is considered complementary to ShockRounds™ and other products that address the many and varied threats to law and order within the community. In fact in support of the TASER® device MDM believes that there is a sensationalist bias in the media toward concentrating on deaths allegedly linked to the use of TASERS® as opposed to the lives that are being saved through their use. One must also bear in mind that in such confrontations TASERS® and/or other weapons are used where the use of force is deemed necessary and warranted and these incidents are not confrontations with innocent parties.
ShockRounds™ products are being developed for several specific target markets, including:
Riot and Crowd Control -- will be addressed by a ShockRounds™ rubber bullet having both a kinetic impact and electric shock effect. The level of electric shock in this product will potentiate the deterrent effect of the bullet while reducing unwanted bodily harm to the target. The product is being designed to be a significant and vastly improved deterrent to mass rioting and similar situations compared to other products currently available. While being less damaging or dangerous from a kinetic point of view than conventional rubber bullets, they are expected to have over twice the effective range of rubber bullets, thereby addressing the critical "rock (Molotov cocktail or similar) throwing range."
Serious Violent Confrontation -- will be addressed by a ShockRounds™ rubber bullet product that imparts sufficient electrical shock patterned to temporarily incapacitate the offender.
Lethal Munitions -- will be enhanced with incapacitating electric shock capability. Whether or not an intended lethal shot proves to be fatal to the offender, the ShockRounds™ high voltage discharge is intended to remove the possibility of return fire regardless of where the offender's body is hit. The resulting immediate cessation of firing by the offender through the increased effectiveness of using the ShockRounds™ technology in lethal munitions is expected to significantly improve safety for law enforcement personnel and reduce risk of injury or death to innocent or uninvolved individuals.
Without specifically referring to any particular incident, it is plainly evident that there is a dramatic increase in violence, acts of terrorism, riots etc, that today present an ongoing and serious threat to the lives or safety of innocent people as well as to law enforcement personnel. Against this background, every endeavour needs to be pursued to provide law enforcement personnel with any advantage possible over offenders, to enhance the potential to save lives of law enforcement personnel and to better protect and to serve the innocent and/or uninvolved. It is with this motivation and purpose that the company is developing the ShockRounds™ range of munitions and continuing to encourage and support technologies and products such as the TASER® that are contributing to the decrease in the incidence of violence and serious injury as well as saving lives.
ShockRounds™ are a potential breakthrough product for the law enforcement industry, the military, border control and anti-terrorism and Homeland Security initiatives, due to their versatility and multiple applications. When fired, a ShockRounds™ specialized bullet generates an extremely high voltage charge, and depending on the ShockRounds™ product being used, will have an effect ranging from behaviour modification through to full target incapacitation on impact. See: http://www.shockrounds.com.
Given the global emphasis on law enforcement, security and terrorism prevention, the need for new and more effective non-lethal and less-lethal weapons could not be more acute. ShockRounds™ technology is applicable to all these markets and security needs as they will introduce greater versatility and options for the personnel that work in these market sectors."
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The information in this release, other than historical information, may be considered forward-looking statements within the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Projections and other forward-looking statements and management expectations regarding future events and/or financial performance of the Company -- although given in good faith -- are inherently uncertain and actual events and/or results may differ materially.
For further information see: www.shockrounds.com and www.mdmgroupinc.com.
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