Raytheon’s “pain gun” has gone to jail

by Mark R

I realize that this headline is a little misleading. You might remember the last time we covered the Raytheon pain gun being banned from Afghanistan. I am not implying that it has committed crimes and is being sent to jail.

However, it is being used in a prison, specifically, the Pitchess Detention Center in Los Angeles. This non-lethal weapon is used to shoot a ray that is as thick as a CD ROM is round, and made to stop mobs of unruly prisoners.

You might wonder what this pain gun feels like. I have heard that the wardens of the aforementioned prison have actually had to be shot by this thing. One of them, Commander Bob Osborne, has described it as “opening an oven door and feeling that blast of hot air, except instead of being all over me, it’s more focused”.

I’m sure all of you are familiar with that blast of hot air, and that usually takes me aback. Especially when you open the door, don’t feel the blast, and then you feel it. I don’t know what a focused beam of that would feel like, but it sounds like it burns. (Still a non-lethal weapon!)

I think we are getting into some sort of weird science fiction territory with this Raytheon device at this prison. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get all dystopian on us.

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