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Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon

Posted on Friday, 4 March, 2005 | Comment icon 28 comments

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"The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by Nirwana on 6 March, 2005, 6:38
Crap crap CRAP We all know how anti-dissent Bush and the current USA government is. I see this as the next step, going above and beyond intimidation and legal action, all the way to a physical threat. The ramifications for the country's 1st Amendment will be huge, I guarentee it. I don't care what excuses they come up with, there is no possible justification for this, and we all know that it will be used on peaceful protestors encompassed in a decidingly large definition of "rioter". 511399[/snapback] Yeah I have to agree. The leaders must know that there will be more civil unrest the more we... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by MedicTJ on 6 March, 2005, 7:07
Yeah. It seems sicko. Just as it seemed sicko when thousands of innocent people became victims at the hands of idiots during the Los Angeles riots. Makes me wonder what those people would think about this technology..............
Comment icon #21 Posted by jsf35rino on 6 March, 2005, 14:54
well we have been down this non-leathel thing before, and it has always had several limitations from a technological standpoint. this device , and this is a big assumption that it works . will have problems right off the bat. 1 your blasting microwaves around ? huge amounts of microwaves ? what kind of effect is that going to have ? it might kill grandma--like 20 miles away because it "killed her pacemaker " . 2 if this thing is turned up high enough to be effective enough to TKO young healthy people how many people who are in ill health in the area are going to be killed by it ? this just ano... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by ROGER on 6 March, 2005, 19:35
I can see my opinion will be in the minority here, but here go's. The Laser guided magnetic pulse weapon is being looked into by the Military and Civilian services as an up grade to the Taser now used by law enforcement officers. In the news not long ago a 14 year old was being placed under arrest when he decided to fight the officers. They had a Warrant( though it was issued on BAD information) and it was their job to bring him in. He was very large for a 14 year old and could have hurt himself or the officer trying to do his job. The officer used a Taser to subdue him to be hand cuffed. Now ... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by ROGER on 12 March, 2005, 0:44
I see that no one has posted here in a while, but if you read the BBC News you know of the man in Atlanta Ga., USA who took a gun from a court guard and killed the Judge, recorder, and another guard. This is another GOOD reason for having none lethal side arms. An if the Judge had lived, I am sure he would agree.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Michelle on 12 March, 2005, 0:57
You're right ROGER...so many people complain about gun issues and when an alternative is presented they whine about the concequences of the alternative weapon.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Dowdy on 12 March, 2005, 1:21
here is a site that has experimental weapons. You can even buy the plans for them... here I reckon they are a good alternative, espically if you've seen the riots that happened in Sydney
Comment icon #26 Posted by Xenojjin on 12 March, 2005, 2:37
Bad idea . Not because of the ethics but because some people have special responses to severe pain that might be differant from what was intended .
Comment icon #27 Posted by Steeler Mania on 12 March, 2005, 10:22
Now just how long will it be before those new laser guns will have the ability to kill?
Comment icon #28 Posted by ROGER on 12 March, 2005, 18:21
I am sorry guys but I just don't see your argument. The guns in common use now KILL. To develope some thing thats stops some one with out killing them is both desirable and a lot SAFER.We all ready have great new toys for killing. Look at my avatar, The Air Force is installing a Laser Cannon on a 747 and will be testing it shortly. I read in the other threads of the Scotts banning pellet guns and air guns. Yet U.K. law and U.N. law both see the need for citizens to protect home and property. With what, a big stick? I say take the projectile weapons away, and issue stun weapons. that way if a m... [More]

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