Originally Posted by Mach 5
With the culture of happy slapping in the UK (no idea what its like anywhere else) I find this truely terrifying, kids can easily buy this and have no idea what the consequences will be if they flash it at someone "for a laugh".
They're dangerous and the company making them should be shut down for even joking about making something like this so easy to get hold of.
I'm sorry, but no.
Get used to it.
Exponentially more and more power will become more readily available to the public due to advances in technology.
Just think about it, 50 years ago, RPGs and fairly accurate fully automatic weapons in the hands of the public? unheard of.
Nuclear weapons 60 years ago? Only a single country.
But now? Every potential super-power on earth has more than enough to end all life on earth 500 times over, easily.
That's just how the trend of technology works.
This trend is going to continue until an irate or depressed person decides to end the world.
The power to end the world will eventually make it's way into the hands of the uncouth and uneducated.
Frank Herbert in his short stories compilation illustrates this point remarkably welly. Have a read and you will understand exactly where I'm coming from.