The latest triumph in police weapons may be beams of pain, courtesy of the Pentagon. The weapons being tested inflict pain by heating the skin and can be used up to 15 meters (50 feet) away. One weapon uses laser beams, while the other uses microwave rays. A spokesperson from the National Institute of Justice says the weapon is meant to repel, in the manner of rubber bullets and tasers.
“two portable… weapons that inflict pain… using beams of laser light or microwaves, with the intention of putting them into the hands of police to subdue suspects.”
The microwave weapon is looking the best to the institute, who thinks it will better able to cause pain through clothing. The laser isn’t believed it will be very effective (although the definition of “effective” will vary on each end) unless you use it on bare skin. But don’t be too concerned. According to an NIJ spokeperson: “We can always find a bit of bare skin.”
Put that way, it doesn’t sound like they are planning from firing from 50 feet, does it?
Human rights groups are worried the weapons could be used for torture. Given the statement above–even without the statement above–I have to agree. Every other weapon is used for torture; why would this be any different?
In private-weapons news, a man claims the FDA has approved his (not-quite-made) handgun as a medical device.