Re: crime in big cities and Europe

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 10:54:09 MDT

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> James Rogers writes:
> > No, no, no...this won't do at all. While it is true that a claymore will
> > frag any thief out to 100 meters or so in the operating direction ("This
> > side facing enemy"), it also has a tendency to obliterate everything
> > within about 15 meters in every direction. This can't possibly be a good
> > thing for your car.
> But a price of a car is little price to pay for permanently removing
> that particular agent from possible interactions in your personal
> future.
> How about multiple-use? Active armor, for instance?

Trouble is, carjackers have a bad habit of capping slow-reacting
victims, or of taking female victims along for rape & murder. Stopping
them at the door is a Good Thing. The first torch unit used in the US
would land the user in jail, alas. Maybe if it followed the flames with
a halon spray to put the perp out before letting him get totally
toasted... but the prosecutors would probably still label it first
degree arson.

BTW, in my cab driving days I once had a belligerent passenger (standing
behind the open left rear door) grab my left wrist as I reached back for
the cash awkwardly offered from behind. He started to lift a weapon in
his right hand (I never did see exactly what it was), so I threw the
gearshift in reverse and ran him over with the door. If I'd thought
just a bit faster I'd have cocked the wheel to my right to swing the
front of the car over him, too. Asshole.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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