Remember when sci-fi stuff was cool? Remember when we naively thought that the future would be all about making life better for humanity?
Welcome to Reality®, Dude. Apparently what the high-tech stuff of the near future really is, is “pain weapons” designed to break up riots. I guess we’re not supposed to think about this, but it seems that the Big Brains among us see a future in which there are riots so large that the military, not the police, has to break them up.
“But, Cranky Media Guy,” you say, “the military says these pain weapons are intended for use in places like Iraq, not Detroit.”
To you I respond, “Uh, since when do you see the military using non-lethal weapons? Don’t they normally just shoot people with the intent of killing them? After all, dead enemies are gone forever, while stunned enemies just plot how to get you another day.
Sorry, I’m not buying the notion that these will not be deployed domestically, which makes me wonder what the Powers That Be think is going to cause American society to devolve into large-scale rioting. I just hope we don’t all find out the answer to that question.