Re: Learn to shoot

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sun Oct 29 2000 - 01:18:23 MDT

Mike Lorrey wrote:
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> > I William Wiser wrote:
> >
> > > I am willing
> > > to hear arguments on either side but for now I will go with
> > > the idea that the second amendment is a good idea and was put
> > > there for a reason.
> >
> > The US population exists at the sufferance of the US military until such time
> > as the average Joe owns a tank and a fighter jet.
> No, we just need Stinger and TOW missiles to shoot down Uncle Sugar's tanks and
> jets. We could build our own missiles if it comes down to it. I'll be our buddy
> Doug would LOVE to play with those toys...

Heh. At a Flag Day open house at Peterson AFB around 15 years ago, they
had a Stinger missile training simulator which they allowed the public
to handle. The NCO in charge was not amused when I tracked a commercial
airliner with it...

Propulsion is what I know, guidance can be a bear. On the gripping
hand, video cameras and image processors are cheap and getting cheaper.
Hell, pigeons were trained to peck at the image of an aircraft or ship
by BF Skinner 60 years ago. The project wasn't completed, but they
could have had precision guided munitions (pigeon guided munitions?) in
the 1940s.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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