fastcompany:

A small Texas firm called Tracking Point has invented a smart rifle with an intelligent heads-up-display that can turn anyone into a sharp shooter. The invention combines technology from digital cameras, mobile devices, and smart displays into one very lethal package. With a top-end Tracking Point rifle, you can accurately hit a moving target at 1,200 yards, which is about two thirds of a mile.
It’s for hunting…
Watch it in action

There’s just so much wrong with this from so many different directions!
I want to put it out there that I am pro-gun but with reservations. (We need background checks, a database of who owns what gun, and honestly there’s no good reason to own military-style weapons in a civilian setting.)
The first problem I see is that it’s marketed as “for hunting”, which is bothersome because it’s enabling trophy hunters rather than furthering the sport of hunting. Hunting requires skill, practice and a drive to get better. You need to be a tracker, learn to be quiet, learn to camouflage and most importantly, how to shoot accurately. Trophy hunters bastardize this because they’re only in it for the kill and the horns. They don’t respect the sport and they don’t respect (and use) the animal. That’s a mockery of hunting as a sport and behavior that I don’t condone. (Hunting family! I’ve eaten duck, goose and elk for dinner as often as I’ve eaten chicken or beef.)
The second, and scariest problem with this is the high likelihood of abuse. This system WILL make attacks on theaters, on schools, on military bases, on homes, train stations, airplanes, on the street, wherever MORE DANGEROUS. Giving sharpshooting abilities to those who are not trained, monitored and part of a rigid organization like the military is terrifying. Any person with a desire to hurt others will be able to go, pick one of these things up and produce more pain and devastation than we’re already seeing. I’m not an expert on gun control, shooting statistics or politics. But as a consumer of media, I am tired of hearing about things like Sandy Hook, the shootings in Chicago, Aurora, the Navy Yard shootings and things of the like. Not because I don’t want the media to report on it, but because they shouldn’t still be happening. 
There are other problems, but those two are the major ones I see. They should be enough. 
Technology is incredible and the things we have created are amazing, but this is one technology I’d like to see shelved, permanently. 

fastcompany:

A small Texas firm called Tracking Point has invented a smart rifle with an intelligent heads-up-display that can turn anyone into a sharp shooter. The invention combines technology from digital cameras, mobile devices, and smart displays into one very lethal package. With a top-end Tracking Point rifle, you can accurately hit a moving target at 1,200 yards, which is about two thirds of a mile.

It’s for hunting…

Watch it in action

There’s just so much wrong with this from so many different directions!

I want to put it out there that I am pro-gun but with reservations. (We need background checks, a database of who owns what gun, and honestly there’s no good reason to own military-style weapons in a civilian setting.)

The first problem I see is that it’s marketed as “for hunting”, which is bothersome because it’s enabling trophy hunters rather than furthering the sport of hunting. Hunting requires skill, practice and a drive to get better. You need to be a tracker, learn to be quiet, learn to camouflage and most importantly, how to shoot accurately. Trophy hunters bastardize this because they’re only in it for the kill and the horns. They don’t respect the sport and they don’t respect (and use) the animal. That’s a mockery of hunting as a sport and behavior that I don’t condone. (Hunting family! I’ve eaten duck, goose and elk for dinner as often as I’ve eaten chicken or beef.)

The second, and scariest problem with this is the high likelihood of abuse. This system WILL make attacks on theaters, on schools, on military bases, on homes, train stations, airplanes, on the street, wherever MORE DANGEROUS. Giving sharpshooting abilities to those who are not trained, monitored and part of a rigid organization like the military is terrifying. Any person with a desire to hurt others will be able to go, pick one of these things up and produce more pain and devastation than we’re already seeing. I’m not an expert on gun control, shooting statistics or politics. But as a consumer of media, I am tired of hearing about things like Sandy Hook, the shootings in Chicago, Aurora, the Navy Yard shootings and things of the like. Not because I don’t want the media to report on it, but because they shouldn’t still be happening. 

There are other problems, but those two are the major ones I see. They should be enough. 

Technology is incredible and the things we have created are amazing, but this is one technology I’d like to see shelved, permanently. 

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    "Hunting"
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    Hahaha, true
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    I can’t. It’ll die at the wrong time and you will miss your shot.
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    It will still require consistent forwards pressure in the bipod, consistent trigger pulls, proper stance, consistent...
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    Gun control… Now!
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    There’s just so much wrong with this from so many different directions! I want to put it out there that I am pro-gun but...
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