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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Exactly. Besides, I wouldn't worry about it, these guys are all talk. If they see a drone, they'll just go about their day as usual. Big talk does not equal big walk.
    I'd bet that 99.9% of people who say they'd shoot one down wouldn't do squat.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I'd bet that 99.9% of people who say they'd shoot one down wouldn't do squat.
    Most of them don't even have the firepower or the skill necessary to do so. Anyone who thinks they can hit something flying 135 mph at an altitude of up to 30,000 ft is tripping balls on cough syrup.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I'd bet that 99.9% of people who say they'd shoot one down wouldn't do squat.
    I bet 99% that say they would shoot one down couldn't hit it if their life depended on it!
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Scenario (not totally unlikely): The FBI is using a drone to follow a known child rapist/killer who is suspected of having kidnapped another child and normally keeps the children alive to repeatedly rape before he kills them. The FBI is using a drone because a helicopter would be noticed much sooner by the suspect and the really want to follow him very closely to see if he leads them to the child.

    Some idiot shoots the drone out of the air because he/she feels it violates their privacy rights and the child killer gets away, goes towards the child before the FBI can find him again and kills the child. Yeah, long live civil disobedience!!

    Might be a bit far fetched, but with drones the police can much easier follow people and use observe properties suspected of crime to protect the public. Helicopters are useless because they are seen or heard much more easily and as you said they are expensive and not available in the numbers the police might need in a crisis situation.
    Scenario (actually happened): police request a drone from DHS to find an ex officer with a grudge against their department. They find the guy, and then burn the building in which he is ensconsed down around him.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Heebie Jeebie View Post
    Apparently you can.

    "This afternoon, a stranger set an aerial drone into flight over my yard and beside my house near Miller Playfield. I initially mistook its noisy buzzing for a weed-whacker on this warm spring day. After several minutes, I looked out my third-story window to see a drone hovering a few feet away. My husband went to talk to the man on the sidewalk outside our home who was operating the drone with a remote control, to ask him to not fly his drone near our home. The man insisted that it is legal for him to fly an aerial drone over our yard and adjacent to our windows. He noted that the drone has a camera, which transmits images he viewed through a set of glasses. He purported to be doing "research". We are extremely concerned, as he could very easily be a criminal who plans to break into our house or a peeping-tom."

    So This Is How It Begins: Guy Refuses to Stop Drone-Spying on Seattle Woman - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic
    I'd have the asshole arrested as a peeping tom, AFTER shooting down his drone. Not only would he be without his drone, but he would end up on the sex offender's list for the whole world to see, and I would be sure to show the list that he's on to all the neighbors.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    Yes.

    Anyone who is well versed in identifying aircraft, at least, can absolutely easily tell the difference. I've never even studied those two types of aircraft and can spot a lot of noticeable differences.

    Hell, even those not well versed in spotting aircraft - but able to recognize patterns - could do that fairly easily - they're similar, but not so similar it's impossible to distinguish the two.
    You can't be certain enough and most people shooting at these things wouldn't have one iota of a clue about the differences. They'll end up shooting down an ultra light or a katana with a retired couple on board.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Most of them don't even have the firepower or the skill necessary to do so. Anyone who thinks they can hit something flying 135 mph at an altitude of up to 30,000 ft is tripping balls on cough syrup.
    Not if your talking police helicopter drones that can hover overhead for several minutes. If helicopters can get shot down by ground fire in battle why would this be any different?

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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Yank View Post
    Not if your talking police helicopter drones that can hover overhead for several minutes. If helicopters can get shot down by ground fire in battle why would this be any different?
    The United States isn't a combat zone, and Americans are gutless ankle biters who wouldn't hurt a fly when it came down to it.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I'd have the asshole arrested as a peeping tom, AFTER shooting down his drone. Not only would he be without his drone, but he would end up on the sex offender's list for the whole world to see, and I would be sure to show the list that he's on to all the neighbors.
    It would have to be illegal first.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    You would never use the permit...but it would be fun to have.

    Maybe you could find a bi-plane from WWI and chase it down like the red baron. Other than that, I don't see you making a successful shot at it.
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