The Ethical Issues with ‘The Gun that Aims Itself’
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty, teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon and citizens’ firearms are indelibly related. From the hour the pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that, to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 and 99/100 percent of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil influence. They deserve a place of honor with all that’s good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.” – George Washington’s address to the second session of the First U.S. Congress
Although the video is a bit old now, I nonetheless want to share it with you. It documents the inception and application of a new special weapons system that virtually eliminates much of the time, money and energy put into training snipers. This new precision tracking firearm is made by a Texas-based company (naturally) called TrackingPoint Solutions and it can be put into the hands of virtually anyone, whether or not they ever shot a gun before, and can be accurate at over 1000 yards.
What makes the weapon system so accurate is a revolutionary scope which is attached to an electronic trigger. The sight emits a laser which ‘tags’ the target and bounces back to the scope 52 times per second. This tells the rifle the wind speed, elevation, humidity, and all the other factors that trained marksmen have to take into account when making a long distance shot. All the user has to do is match up the reticule with the marked area and squeeze the trigger. The gun, having an electronic trigger, will not fire unless the shooter is aligned with the target, making for a virtually guaranteed hit.
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” - Thomas Jefferson:
Before we continue it would probably be most prudent if you watched the short documentary on the weapon system below so that we can be on even ground:
Video Credit: Motherboard
I can’t help but feel that such a simple weapon that is so powerful, especially the .338 Lapua variant (very big!) that can be used by virtually anyone, raises some ethical issues! For trained military and police snipers to be accurate and hit a target at 1000 yards usually takes years of practice. This new system takes that time, effort and financial burden away.
“Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny or private self-defense.” - John Adams
Military and police departments are already inquiring into purchasing large quantities of this revolutionary device. The real question is, should civilians be allowed to own such a system? Some would argue that they don’t want ordinary people wielding the same power that the military or police have. I think that this is a good point. But others would argue the entire opposite, that the people should be empowered to defend themselves from their would-be ‘defenders’. To be honest, I don’t see this weapon’s system bringing up any more ethical questions that the gun debate in most countries hasn’t brought up already. My questions are what do you think about this new system? What is your position on gun control, or lack thereof? Should the military and police be the only ones to own powerful weapons, or should the people be on even ground with them?
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms in his own lands.” – Thomas Jefferson
Leave all your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear your position on the matter!
Steven Umbrello – Owner & Executive Editor