Have you ever been shooting at a
terrorist uprising suspicious looking target with your sniper rifle, only to find that the person you’re aiming at was too far out of reach for your bullets? Or, even worse, have you ever been prepping for an assassination only to find that your skill set is that of a lowly, well-armed civilian without any formal gun training, and your bullet trajectory too woefully short and weak — leaving your target out of reach?
Never fear. Thanks to new technology, you’ll never never fear missing a difficult, far-away target again. In fact, you won’t even have to learn how to aim a gun! You no longer need to complete pesky military training to become a highly precise sniper, thanks to TrackingPoint, a gun manufacturer in Austin, Texas. TrackingPoint is selling a “smart scope” military–style sniper rifle that gives the holder the ability to fire with such precision that any member of the public can become a professional assassin. The technology makes military-grade killing easy; a person who has never fired a gun before can purportedly hit a target the size of a soup can… from 1,000 yards away. (That’s approximately 10 football fields away – throwing the idea of shooting a gun for fear of “imminent danger” about half a mile from the bullet’s initial trajectory.)
Until now, only a few, elite, military-trained snipers could achieve this skill level, but new technology makes it similar to the “aim and shoot” targeting that’s popular in first person shooter games. TrackingPoint’s rifles achieve this level of accuracy because their “smart scopes” include a computer that adjusts for key variables affecting a bullet’s trajectory – including range, target velocity, outside temperature, barrel temperature, wind speed and even the earth’s rotation – and indicate to shooters when they have a “kill shot.” The scopes’ electronic guidance is enabled by TrackingPoint applications distributed by Apple and Google Glass.
Elliot Fineman, CEO Of National Gun Victims Action Council, says we must ban “Smart Scope” military-style precision guided sniper rifles from being sold to the public, before it’s too late. The weapons carry a significant threat to national security; a politician or other high-profile target could easily be targeted for assassination using the advanced technology, never mind a madmen whose only intent is “shoot to kill” could easily have a field day avoiding detection and apprehension by authorities. Fineman says hunters and target shooters have no need for TrackingPoint’s rifles because their accuracy eliminates the need for skill. The rifles, designed to precisely hit a target at over half a mile away, have no use for self-defense, says Fineman, as one does not know they are at risk when the shooter is over half a mile away.
According to a press release, “On May 23, 2014 the National Gun Victims Action Council wrote to John Lupher, TrackingPoint’s CEO, concerning the threat to public safety posed by TrackingPoint’s rifles. The NGVAC called on TrackingPoint to immediately cease and desist from marketing and selling its rifles to civilians.”
The NGVAC and its partners (The Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility, Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence, PICO National Network, United Physicians of Newtown, Newtown Action Alliance, and 100,000 Poets for Change) also wrote to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and Larry Page, Google’s CEO, detailing “deep concerns about the dangers to public safety posed by TrackingPoint’s rifles.” The letter asked Apple and Google to halt distribution of the TrackingPoint application, which enables the rifles’ precision accuracy, and that they take steps to bar TrackingPoint from using their names in promotional efforts.
Neither Apple nor Google has responded to NGVAC’s request.
TrackingPoint continues to develop “smart” weapons and even recently unveiled a prototype that allows a shooter, using Google Glass, to aim and fire around corners.
TrackingPoint’s sniper rifles are a terrifying example of technology that had outpaced legislation, and they represent a significant public safety risk in America. This danger will only grow as additional companies develop similar technology that can easily turn any civilian into a a military-grade killer.
Legislation is the only way to effectively banish the threat posed by these weapons.
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