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Soporific Paintballs

For the police?
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Instead of paint, fill paintballs with a soporific that is quickly absorbed through the skin, rendering the person unconscious quickly, thus avoiding a long chase, and allowing them to easily subdue perpetrators who hold a weapon of some sort, but have not fired a shot (if it's a gun).

Plenty of skin-absorbed knockout chemicals exist, we just need to choose one.

DesertFox, Mar 21 2006

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       I think [DesertFox] is thinking of a non-lethal response to people just running away, rather than your average armed criminal/terrorist. [DesertFox]?   

       Incidentally, what are the police snipers (in London) going to do about suicide bombers when they start dressing as emergency service workers? It's the next logical disguise...
Texbinder, Mar 21 2006
  

       [Texbinder] Precisely. People such as an escaping theif, or someone with a knife, or someone waving around small arms.   

       People with a bomb strapped to their chest and stuff like that would be met with SWAT and M16 fire.
DesertFox, Mar 21 2006
  

       You know, I think this is actually a really good idea as part of a non-lethal weapon system.   

       Sure, when someone's threatening to kill you, you kill them first. That's good.   

       But for crowds and crazies, this would be a really good idea. There's the problem of overdosage, but I was thinking this could be solved by having only a weak dose in each round.   

       At the very least, reaction times and coordination of the target would suffer, allowing other non-lethal weaponry to be brought to bear easily.   

       Alternately, having a weak dose increases the margin of error, allowing a squad to totally plaster someone and let them walk away uninjured in the end.
Darkelfan, Mar 21 2006
  

       Okay, I'll buy that. But the police already have glue guns to tackle this situation - much funnier.
DrCurry, Mar 22 2006
  

       Apparently 'soporific' is the word of the day.
RayfordSteele, Mar 22 2006
  

       /...or someone waving around small arms./   

       I couldn't help laughing as I pictured some madman running around with freakishly small arms. Caught me by surprise, I think
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Mar 22 2006
  

       Dec! Dec, man. I canna see...   

       Those participating in paintball are wholly recommended to wear goggles for very good safety reasons. What if our assailant/victim is weaing a) lots of protective clothing or b) no safety goggles?
Jinbish, Mar 22 2006
  

       I'd wager being hit the eye with a rubber bullet or beanbag would suck a whole lot more than a paintball.   

       However, it would certainly be thwarted by heavy clothing.   

       This is why there are rubber bullets, beanbags, and tear gas.
Darkelfan, Mar 24 2006
  

       What soporific is to be used? Beer?
bristolz, Mar 24 2006
  
      
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