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New Ray Gun

The lamestream media told you:
Known as an Active Denial System, the U.S. military debuted its still secretive, new truck-mounted dish-shaped "ray gun." It delivers an energy beam that makes people feel like they have caught on fire and rapidly retreat, without causing them any harm probably. The extreme pain is felt through clothing and windows, but not thick walls, and currently has a range of 500 yards. Initial deployment in Iraq is expected soon.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Civilian possession of the new "Silent Guardian" defensive weapon system has not been discussed, but will become an issue when improvements evolve and hand-held versions are developed.

The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, refer to "arms" in the Second Amendment, not "firearms," reflecting an understanding that cavalry swords and other hand implements of a soldier were crucial and to be protected. This makes the common anti-rights argument, "So do you support people owning tanks?" specious, since the dividing line was understood to be "small arms" of an infantry soldier, as opposed to cannons on caisons and navy ships.

A hand-held ray gun of defensive character would clearly qualify as militia-style arms, though federal agents might be prone to argue the point, because that's their job. Cost and a delivery date for such a device is completely unknown, but put me down for two.

UPDATE: See now "Corrections: Small Arms, the Gun Lobby, and DNA."




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