It Is Illegal To Shoot Pigs Over The Internet With Robot Shotguns

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You pull the trigger in a game, and a series of 1s and 0s determines whether you did anything in the virtual world. You pull the trigger on this thing and a real gun shoots at a real, living creature.

Last year, Jay Williams - the man whose property the contraption was discovered on - built this rig opposite a food plot in Georgia. It consisted of three shotguns and some web cameras. The shotguns were rigged to fire when given commands over the internet.

Williams says the guns, which he claims were never completed, were designed to allow people to shoot feral hogs, which are present in the area. A user could sit at home and control the guns via remote control; once a pig wandered into range of the platform, they could operate the guns without needing to be anywhere near the action.


Sounds convenient! Problem is, remote-controlled shotguns set up in the middle of the scrub are not just dangerous, they're also highly illegal (in 25 states, at least, including Georgia) which may explain why by the time the cops came to check them out they'd mysteriously "disappeared", never to be seen of again.

Web-controlled guns are illegal [The Augusta Chronicle, via MAKE]

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If you're going to kill something you should do it face it face.

I don't like hunting for pleasure, killing for fun strikes me as an odd concept, but I do like eating animals, so whatever.

However using a remote control shotgun to kill primitive little piggies? How big a pussy do you have to be?

The only acceptable method for hunting is if you go out there like a man and do it yourself. Preferable without a gun, other projectiles are fine but guns are just overkill and unsporting, but whatever. Go out, track the animal, kill it with your own hands. This? Sitting at home and clicking your mouse to kill unsuspecting wild animals? Lazy, cowardly and twisted.

That's why I hate guns. They make taking a life way to easy, human or otherwise. If people had to feel the blood, look in a person/animals eye and feel the life leave the body then there's be waaaay less wrongful deaths in the world. But no, it's point and shoot like god damn disposable camera.