There's been lots of talk about hunting drones, from threats to plug Amazon drones from the sky to city councils proposing the issuance of "drone hunting licenses."
One manufacturer of weapon silencers has taken it a step further. Meet "Johnny Dronehunter, defender of privacy."
Utah-based SilencerCo., debuted its new Salvo 12 shotgun suppressor Wednesday with a video showing our intrepid, sunglass-wearing hero cruising through the desert, Hunter S. Thompson-style in his battered Cadillac, only to be besieged by a phalanx of nosy drones chasing him down.
Johnny pulls over, whips out his shotgun and gives these privacy-hatin' machines of evil the pyrotechnic-enhanced beat-down they deserve.
The video's description on YouTube reads, "In the not-too-distant future, privacy is a thing of the past. Undeniable rights degrade like the paper they were written upon, and Big Brother has a constant eye on you and your family."
In an interview with Vice's Motherboard blog, SilencerCo.'s CEO Josh Waldron said, "We wanted to use this video to energize the ongoing discourse about privacy in a creative way. We created Johnny Dronehunter and intend to continue a series of videos in this vein with him as the main character to represent the Americans who feel they don't have an appropriate voice in this privacy debate."
The Salvo 12, which the company says is the "first commercially viable shotgun suppressor ever made," ostensibly might help with defending your privacy; it indeed seems pretty effective against six off-the-shelf DJI Phantoms hovering 10 feet off the ground and loaded with pyrotechnics.
However, it likely won't help you defend against gun charges for shooting a drone, which is a federal crime.
It also probably won't help against government agencies, which don't use hobbyist drones like the Phantom.
So, all in all, if you want to fire off a silenced shotgun at some other freedom-lovin' American's drone, it seems SilencerCo may have your solution.
Of course, that's all well and good until someone releases a shotgun-proof drone.
Oh wait, someone has.
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