|Drones are in our future. Is drone hunting in our future, too?|
But I'm dubious about a proposed ordinance in a tiny Colorado town. The town of Deer Trail want to issue drone hunting licenses for people who want to shoot down drones belonging to the U.S. gummit.
Maybe it's becauseI don't trust anybody, but I don't think this is such a good idea. You shoot a drone and it blows up or crashes. What does it land on? Probably Deer Trail, Colorado.
I also think the gun hunting for drones would bring a scary element to the fine community of Deer Trail. Yes, there are plenty of Second Amendment fans, libertarians and such that would probably be OK, hunting these drones safely.
But a significant subset of these activists are, how do we put this delicately? Total apeshit wackos. Do you really want everybody with a huge arsenal and pea sized brains and balls to come to your town and start firing guns into the air?
Bullets don't keep going up forever, you know.
Assuming anyone hits a U.S. government-owned drone, you'd think that somebody in the government might be a little annoyed by that. Yes, you might not be afraid of the gummit, but they still can put you in jail. So be prepared for that.
What if the drones are witnesses, too. Most of them have cameras. Even if shot down, I bet they could recover them and see who shot at them.
The FAA even weighed recently, warning people not to shoot down drones because, among other things, what if something gets hit by the falling wreckage?
The FAA says shooting a drone carries the same penalties as shooting at a manned aircraft.
The guy who dreamed up the Deer Trail proposed ordinance scoffed, saying the FAA doesn't have the right to make laws.
Um, true, but they have the right to enforce them.
So, we'll have to wait and see how this drone hunting thing goes. I don't think it's the start of a trend, though.