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>Date: Mon, 01 May 2000 21:22:20 -0400
>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: smart pistols (not so smart !)
>> -James Rogers wrote:
>> >Now that you mention it, I've already seen this done on similar devices.
>> >Creative individuals have hacked electronic firing systems so that you can
>> >control both the trigger mode (semi, burst, auto) and the cyclic rate for
>> >automatic modes (burst, auto). These hacks were done on electronically
>> >controlled semi-only systems.
>> This has already been done with the electropneumatic markers (Paintball
>> Guns) that are on the market now. In the UK, full auto is illegal, so the
>> manufacturers of the most advanced marker, The Angel. make it with a "snap
>> off part" on the guns PCB to render it semi auto only for the UK. There are
>> already kits for making the guns fully auto again.
>> These kits cost next to nothing and are made by people with little
>> electronics expertise.
>Of course such people, according to some, should be branded violent
>criminals, asocial psychopaths with no regard for public safety....
>> Id agree 100% with James Rogers:
>> >I guarantee that these mods would be on the street within days of the
>> >introduction of these types of control systems. The cruel irony of
>> >unintended consequences...heh.
>> And it wont be paint flying out of these guns. On the plus side. I think
>> any extra security feature on firearms is good. This system could reduce the
>> amount of accidental deaths and injuries caused when kids find their parents
>Being for more safety for kids always sounds reasonable, and nobody
>wants to be seen as 'hating babies', however the mere fact that more
>toddlers die in 5 gallon buckets than are killed with guns indicates
>that there may not really be that much of a safety problem, especially
>considering accidental injury and death from firearms is at an all time
>historical low (ever since they started taking stats in 1903).
Please furnish the list with your five-gallon-bucket toddler-drowning statistics, and a source for them.
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