Sci-fi is only fiction until it isn’t.
A company in silicon valley has created a 5ft tall, 300 lb R2D2 looking robot that they hope will keep tragedies like Sandy Hook and other school shootings from happening.
“We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook,” said the company’s co-founder William Santana Li. “You are never going to have an armed officer in every school.”
No, because an armed “officer” (could be a teacher) would be effective and since gun controllers in general have an aversion to logical solutions that work, they march out idiotic ideas like have a robot monitoring the halls.
Let’s just touch base with the obvious problem as it relates to Mr. Li’s statement. Unless this monstrosity is armed with kung fu devensive programming or armament itself (which is another HUGE problem if it were) what you basically have is an oversized, overpriced, overly intrusive smoke detector.
If someone is going to shoot up a school they are going to run by The Robot while it yells “DANGER Will Robinson DANGER”. What good is that going to do? It will still take someone WITH A GUN a quarter of an hour at least before they get there to stop the rampage. In that time the tragedy will all ready have conclued. In fact, it will just allow for another layer of tragedy to be piled on when people think about the money that could have been spent on arming a couple of teachers and training them instead of on a overpriced bucket of bolts.
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