I live in Miami, which is a Taser (NASDAQ:TASR) town. Police officers armed with Tasers subdue criminals, and I believe it's a far better alternative to letting bullets rip, although the local media occasionally has a different viewpoint.

I don't understand the sensationalism. As far as security applications go, I understand this isn't exactly LoJack (NASDAQ:LOJN) territory -- unfortunate accidents have happened -- but you wouldn't believe the headlines that I've seen that only seem to be newsworthy because a Taser was involved.

Bad press isn't the only challenge to Taser, of course. We've got filing delays, court cases, and reluctant adoption to consider. I still believe in Taser, but it has been a poor performer since it was recommended to Rule Breakers newsletter subscribers.

That brings us to this week's throwdown. When it comes to Taser, not all Fools agree. This week, Tim Beyers argues in favor of the stun gun maker, while Ryan Fuhrmann feels that it's investors who'll get stunned in the end.

Does Taser belong in your portfolio? That's what this week's Duel is all about.

Duel on!