10/08/20 – Skeet-Bot

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 8, 2020.

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As Choan described it when she gave it to Emily, “most accurate gun in the galaxy.”

24 Comments

    1. Pyre Light

      Chiphu’s gun is grey and has a knuckle guard while Tesfay’s is purple and has no knuckle guard. The question I have is where Chiphu put his away, so that we couldn’t see it in his hand after the first panel.

  1. 0z79

    For a second I thought Chiphu was ricocheting a shot off the wall and to the target; I do the same thing with airsoft! But, no.. it’s just an impossibly accurate gun.

    Took me a fair bit of practice to shoot off a back wall, have the pellet miss me and hit a target in front of me. Lots of trig was done that week.

  2. Pete Rogan

    Huh. A weapon that allows you to focus on the most critical element of fire combat: Timing. When you know you can’t miss, you tend to focus on when you need to be pulling the trigger, and at who. Which gets you into the question of why you should be shooting at all. This could bring you to a different conclusion than just worrying about whether you can hit the guy who’s suddenly drawn your attention and/or contempt. And that can simplify a LOT of conflict.

    I know enough about the 2d Amendmenters to know they’d HATE the concept, for the same reason they hate stun weapons. Weapons are SUPPOSED to miss when you shoot the person carrying one in a way that offends you, like he has a badge you don’t agree with. If you thought this issue was black-and-white simple, guess again.

      1. Pete Rogan

        Well… both, really. In a highly personalized way. They WANT weapons that kill in their hands and in the hands of the people they don’t like, because that makes it a life-or-death situation every time they meet, which is when they expect to win. That eliminates thought completely, and makes the outcome, even if unfavorable, a non-zero-sum result. That is, they don’t have to worry about trial at the hands of authorities they don’t recognize or having to deal with punishment they don’t feel they earned, ’cause he was askin’ for it anyways.

        Missing the target is a matter of personal skill, or luck, which they figure is just par for the course. They prefer their consequences quick and thoughtless, so they don’t have to think, no matter the outcome.

          1. Pete Rogan

            I have, and I have further talked with some agitated people who are very plain-spoken on the issue of gun rights and the proper purposes of firearms. They want the world simpler than it is, and open armament of the citizenry is only part of what they envision. All questions devolve to the ur-essential right to bear arms, so long as they are firearms and lethal. What makes them dangerous is not their dependence on weaponry but their strong urge to simplicity and absolute incapability to contemplate any thought that does not have a sure and preferably immediate solution.

            Incidentally, I am a gun owner and have known many responsible gun owners. But I have also known ideologues who reduce all questions to the right to keep and bear arms. I don’t have any problem with people owning guns, but I do have a problem with people who have confused the 2d Amendment with the First Commandment.

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