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A rifle that allows a beginner to immediately become a master sniper and hit a target with ease up to 12 football fields away.  The worst thing coming out at the worst time.

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A controversial new Wi-Fi-enabled 'smart-gun' equipped with a computerized scope that enables anyone to become a master marksman goes on sale at the beginning of next week.

Boasting three on-board processors and a precision guided firing system, the TrackingPoint rifle evaluates environmental factors such as wind speed and calculates the positions of moving targets with a claimed accuracy of almost a mile for novices.

Compensating for human error, looking through the futuristic laser rangefinder sight resembles the view a pilot has in a jet fighter cockpit and turns conventional bolt action rifles into deadly snipers - albeit at a cost of $17,000.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

    by dov12348 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:39:19 AM PST

  •  Jesus Christ!! That is so fucked up. And it needs (4+ / 0-)

    to go on the ban list. How do these people sleep at night?  Their hands are so drenched in blood.

    "Enough" Gabby Giffords

    by mindara on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:46:20 AM PST

    •  There is a lot that they choose not to think about (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Hey338Too, phonegery, mindara

      They evade thinking of consequences.  They have one-track minds.

      Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

      by dov12348 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:49:12 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The only consequence they care about is how much (0+ / 0-)

        money they put in the bank. Total abscence of conscience. Complete inability to empathize with other human beings. Their products kill 87 Americans alone a day. But they don't have to look at the bodies, see the blood or see the devestation of the families and loved ones left behind.

        "Enough" Gabby Giffords

        by mindara on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 06:28:57 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  How did you miss another wet dream? (5+ / 0-)

    Laser guided bullets.

    Sure they're probably going to be pricey, but it's just possible that the Sphero folks are already figuring out how to bring an affordable one to market, I suppose.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:52:38 AM PST

    •  Figures. (1+ / 0-)
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      sfbob

      I try and google "NRA wet dreams" and not much useful stuff comes up.

      Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

      by dov12348 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:10:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thanks for the link to the article... (0+ / 0-)

      ... this article and the one this diary is about point out a major flaw in what we've been hearing from gun makers and gun advocates, that there is no way to make guns safer.

      The gun being diaried actually makes the trigger harder to pull if it senses that the gun isn't aimed properly to hit the target.  This article indicates that there may actually be some way to control the path of the projectile while it is in flight.  Both articles point to the use of lasers and microprocessors to make these systems work.

      The combination of both of these systems could potentially lead to "smarter" weapons which could prevent gun violence.  It may also be possible for fabrics which don't allow for the reflection of the laser (used to allow targeting) to be designed to help prevent "innocents" from being shot.  If the laser isn't reflected back to the weapon, make the trigger impossible to pull.

      There may actually be a way to develop these killing instruments so that they can't be used against us.  So maybe the NRA and gun advocates haven't been shooting straight with us - who would have guessed that?  

      I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

      by Hey338Too on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:34:36 AM PST

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  •  This is the most boring thing I could imagine (2+ / 0-)
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    dov12348, Massconfusion

    I've been out on the gunrange a few times (always with other people and their guns), and while it's fun to hit a target, it always seemed kind of boring. You line up the sights, pull the trigger, and you hit the target.

    I then started archery (Japanese style, kyudo), and I'm finding it to be much, much more enjoyable than the guns ever were. There's so much that goes into getting the arrow even near the target (50-100 ft away), that hits, especially for a relative beginner, are incredibly satisfying.

    This? The insane price tag and nifty technological aspects aside, it seems even more boring than a normal gun. It takes all of the "skill" aspect out of it, and makes shooting little more than an exercise in pulling the trigger. Maybe some professional snipers (SWAT/military) could get something out of it, but they're the ones who are using actual skill to do their jobs as-is, and I can't see the n00b rifle being much of a point of pride there...

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:25:16 AM PST

  •  there's already (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dov12348

    an iPhone app for this. And that only costs $10

    •  I knew it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Massconfusion

      Indroduced yesterday...it's an iphone app today.  Just aim your phone and click the camera button; Apple says the phone can store six .22s.

      Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

      by dov12348 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:45:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Luke, you switched off your targeting computer!" (1+ / 0-)
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    dov12348

    "What's wrong?!"

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:24:00 AM PST

  •  Hardly the weapon of some random killer. (0+ / 0-)

    You don't need a $17k sniper rifle to hit unarmed victims at 6' away.

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