Can we come up with a new and effective weapon to replace firearms?
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Oguntola Tobi Dec 16, 2021
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Invent a new, effective weapon that works as fast as guns do, but isn't as fatal as them. This will serve as a prelude to banning firearms for everybody but elite forces.
The deadliness of firearms is something we are all familiar with, whether from personal experience or the media. For example, 3/4 of the murders that occured in the USA in 2017 involved firearms. 37% of firearm-related deaths in the same year were murders, while 60% were suicides.
Apart from the deadliness, they are also expensive and take quite a toll on the economy. Research by Mother Jones discovered that gun violence cost over $229 billion in 2012 alone. This estimate includes both direct and indirect costs. The cost of gun violence is so high it ranked third after the cost of smoking and Medicaid spending for that year.
However, despite the many problems associated with firearms, there is no denying its positives, especially for self-protection.
Can we invent another weapon capable of stopping people in their tracks but less lethal than firearms. The idea is that, with such a weapon, there will be less of a reason for people to have guns and governments can severely restrict the manufacturing of firearms and ban them for everybody, even the average police officer, except the most elite groups like military and SWAT officers.
Can we ideate new weapons that can stop aggressive persons in their tracks within 2-3 seconds? This weapon should have bullet-like projectiles so people can use them from a distance.
Alternatives to guns
Darryl Koh Yuan Jie Dec 17, 2021
I think guns are unfortunately something that will be here at least for a while more and likely will not be easily replaced anytime soon. Ideally speaking, I believe you are describing a weapon that immobolizes someone without causing any (major) harm. This website describes some alternatives, though not all of them are projectile based. Personally, I believe the best option we have right now would be a tazer. However, one of the options in the website called "The XREP" could be an even better option. It "fires plastic shells that each contain sharpened electrodes, a battery, a transmitter, and a microprocessor. When a shell hits the suspect, the electrodes are released and pierce through clothes and skin, releasing up to 50,000 volts of electricity for 20 seconds." (Seems to function similarly to black widow taser guns in the MCU)
That being said, it is really costly(1,000 for the launcher, $100 per round). If there was someway to streamline the production and cost process, it might be more effective and feasible.
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An advanced tranquilizer gun
Povilas S Dec 17, 2021
I always thought that sedating a person/animal for a while is perhaps the best way to deal with the attacker. It gives you time to escape or (if necessary) tie up or otherwise incapacitate the attacker without injuring them.
Tranquillizer guns are used for this, but mostly for animals, since in the case of humans, it's complicated to determine in advance what dose of the tranquilizer would be enough to incapacitate the person but not too much to kill them. This depends on the mass of the person and their sensitivity to the drug, also, it takes some time for the drug to take effect on the body, so if it's a short distance threat, a tranquilizer gun might be ineffective. Therefore to be used with human targets such guns would need some smart improvement.
I liked the idea of a gun that induces the pain of a real gunshot wound caused by a bullet, presented in the movie Divergent (I couldn't find that scene to link here, sorry). The fear of being shot from such a gun would almost equal the fear of being shot from a real gun. Such an exact gun is in the realm of science-fiction, but the idea of inducing a strong localized pain in the area that was struck by the projectile is feasible. There are many substances that induce pain upon touch with the skin/bloodstream.
Therefore I have an idea of an upgraded pain-inducing tranquilizer gun that uses either a single substance inducing multiple effects or a mixture of substances that is injected by a syringe-dart projectile (we could also come up with an innovative design for a more efficient projectile). When the chemical(s) are injected, the immediate effect is the induction of strong localized pain in that body part. The drug(s) wouldn't have to reach CNS for this, so the pain would be immediate, it should also be strong enough to hold the person back or slow them down at least for a while, this would be enough for further effects to take place, be it paralysis, sedation or both.
I think paralytic agents could also work locally without reaching the brain, so the paralysis could spread from the part struck by a projectile further to other body parts increasingly disabling the person.
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Replacing firearms by making them useless
J. Nikola Dec 17, 2021
First, I want to greet your initiative to replace weapons, Oguntola Tobi. I agree that weapons present a huge economic burden for society. Honestly, I would be the happiest if it never existed and that's why replacing it with something new and effective is not something I would directly support. But, inspired by your thought of creating a weapon because of which there will be less of a reason for people to have guns, I will take this chance to present to you something I have been thinking about a lot since I read your session.
So, we need something that will:
- make people give up on the existing weapons
- reduce or stop its production
- be a better, safer, and more effective "weapon"
To find more effective thing than weapon, we need to look at what do weapons are used for. Weapons are mostly used by police to make people follow the society rules. In most of the cases police officer will not fire, but just threat. The same usage of weapons can be seen in drug business, where weapons are the main threating device, with slightly higher rates of actual usage. Military uses weapons to establish order in places where people's opinion do not match with the policy maker plans. The conclusion is that weapons are mostly used to threat, make people obey or "escape" the problems (suicides). But words, beliefs and acts are what make us use the weapons.
What if we created a strong evidence of everything people do, increase the power of the word, make a persons thoughts and ideas immortal? Wait, we already did most of these.
I propose the in-depth usage of decentralized blockchain-based social media on satellite internet in all levels of society engagement. From everyday lives to important political decisions, I support transparent user profiles and activity history. Why?
- politicians would have to obey the transparency rules
- the people would get a chance to understand and be involved in making decisions
- when walking home alone, you would be able to turn on tracking and, for example, anyone in your close circle (5 m) would be tracked too
- you could fight the regime by sharing the information with the world in one tap
- the information would be reviewed by many third parties
The ultimate goal: to reduce the power of weapons and increase the power of every individual by increasing the power of the society
What do you think?
Am I going in right direction?
PS Sorry if I went in the other direction than what you proposed, but I honestly believe the weapons is becoming less efficient in solving the problems, especially in highly-educated and developed countries/societies.