Otherwise sensible, non hoplophobic gun owners at work are losing their fudge over a recently available 1 watt $2-300 laser pointer...
Calling for a NICS check type regime to include lasers like this. They are not calling for background checks and waiting periods and age limits on gasoline and matches purchases, however, and I pointed that out to them patiently, then let the matter drop.
It's not the deodand, it's the person. I am having a hard time diplomatically explaining this to hysterical people. They say, "People will think, 'it's just a laser pointer!' and aim for the eyes of cops!!!"
Look, most everyone saw what a laser pointer did to the planet of Alderaan. People will figure it out or face the consequences of their actions, careless or otherwise. No need to be a Nanny over it.
And admittedly, it's a very strong laser, able to burn things, pop balloons, and permanently blind people a very good ways away. But it's been out over a year, and there hasn't been anarchy on the streets, despite dire predictions. Some people have abused the laser pointer, but they abused 10 mW ones as well at 1000 mW ones. And when caught the criminals are punished.
Scissors Beats Paper - WW II: European theater outcome predicted in one composite image. ...Blogging this from bed. Ears not working very well. Geez.
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