Mounting a gun on a commercial drone was inevitable, and surprisingly, long overdue, depending on your perspective. Thanks to an 18-year-old Central Connecticut State University student Austin Haughwout, drones capable of firing a semi-automatic handgun is now reality. Although Haughwout, a mechanical engineering student, must certainly be proud of his technical achievement, terrorists seeking revenge have now been handed an entirely new concept, using weaponized commercial drones to wreak havoc on innocent populations. Joy.
Gun-toting drones courtesy of foolish genius
But Huaghwout wasn’t alone in this act of brilliance. In anticipation of his son’s genius, Haughwout’s father did his homework by researching state and federal laws to ensure their experiment wasn’t breaking any laws. In fact, constructing and firing innovative weapons of mass tyranny on private property is legal. Ah, the land of the free. Still, there are those keen enough to foresee impending doom and disaster if found in the wrong hands.
Something just doesn’t appear to be right, a gun hovering on a drone being discharged? [But if] it’s being discharged in an area where it could be legally discharged, right now there’s no legislation that prohibits it. SGT. JEREMIAH DUNN OF THE CLINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Sure, it’s an impressive feat to pull off for an eighteen-year-old. I mean, look at the video, that gun-toting drone’s recoil is mighty impressive to behold. Sadly, given our reckless penchant to seek the absurd and unusual for the sake of seeking the absurd and unusual, technologies are begat and eventually, found in the hands of those who see them as an opportunity to cause death and destruction because their mommies didn’t hug them when they were little. Okay, that’s an absurd analysis, but you get my point.
Fortunately, the FAA recognized the dangerous precedent gun-toting drones present, releasing a statement expressing their intention to follow up on the matter:
The FAA will investigate the operation of an unmanned aircraft system in a Connecticut park to determine if any Federal Aviation Regulations were violated. The FAA will also work with its law enforcement partners to determine if there were any violations of criminal statutes. FAA SPOKESPERSON
And of course, it’s come to light that the father has had a few run-ins with the law concerning drones. He’s been accused of assaulting a woman with a fly-by drone. Now isn’t that surprising.