[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a remarkably cool video posted online, a teenager has figured out a way to arm a drone with a handgun and he tests it in the woods.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The video, uploaded by an 18 year-old in Connecticut, features a four-rotor drone hovering and firing a handgun. The recoil from the gun knocks the drone back a distance each time, but the craft is pretty stable and recovers fairly quickly.
The short clip appears to be the work of Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old from Clinton, Connecticut. The description on the YouTube video states:
‘Homemade multirotor with a semiautomatic handgun mounted on it.
‘Note: The length from the muzzle to the rear of the frame is over 26″.’
The video shows the drone successfully firing several rounds. According to the Washington Times, however, such inventions are illegal.
In an address to the drone-industry’s leading trade group, which is meeting this week in Northern Virginia, Jim Williams said existing rules already bar aircraft from using weapons and “we don’t have any plans of changing [those rules] for unmanned aircraft.”
In truth, the concept is pretty cool, but likely dangerous and not a great idea. Still, those who believe that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people” must apply this standard to this contraption.
What the gadget illustrates is that technology is a double-edged sword and as we move forward and innovate in ways that save lives, this same technology can be used to endanger lives.
No, I don’t want to be gunned-down by a drone- a civilian one or, more likely, a government-operated one- but I recognize that rules and silly prohibitions on such things are ineffective.
After all, how many have been killed in so-called “gun-free” zones?
There are already laws which make murder illegal. If someone is set to murder me with a drone, I sincerely doubt that they have given much thought to the additional violations of FAA regulations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]