Ralphie’s mom was only worried about the kid putting his eye out. She never dreamed he’d be able to chase the Bumpus’s dogs down the street, thwacking them with paintball markers. Let alone peeping through Mrs. Schwartz’s bathroom window, all from the comfort of his room. But technology marches on and it won’t be long before a magnificent young man can have his very own flying machine, one that also sends back video and shoots, well, whatever . . .
As “Milo Danger” says in the video, “considering the popularity of these DIY devices, it seems inevitable that they’re going to be used in ways the inventors and manufacturers could never have imagined.” Unless, of course, they have.
Drones have already moved from the battlefield to the homefront. It won’t take long before that paintball pistol is replaced by a P99. We can hear the arguments now: civvy drone use would be just another safeguard against tyranny. Our guns against theirs – our hovering shooters against theirs. You down with that? [h/t reason.com]