Axon CEO's Reddit AMA Speculates About Shooting School Shooters From Drones

By Nikita Ermolaev and John Honovich, Published Jun 06, 2022, 10:19am EDT (Info+)

While Axon told investors that they had "formally begun development" on a drone shooting tasers at mass shooters, Axon's CEO held a Reddit AMA where he repeatedly emphasized that it was just an "idea," facing heavy scrutiny from Redditors.

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Inside this report, we examine Axon CEO Rick Smith's Reddit AMA answers, and the most important logistical problem that Smith struggled to provide a realistic response.

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*** *** ******** ******* **** ****'* drone ***** **** ** *****:

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Issues **** ***** / **** ****

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********* * ***** **** *** * dangerous ****** ******** ** ** ** a *********

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***** ** *** ********** ** *** enforcement ** *** ****** ** ********* circumstances *** ****** *** ******* ****** is ** ***** **** *** **********. People **** ****** *** **** **** it *** ** ******* ** ********** abuse ** *** *******'* **********:

**** *** ** ******* ** ******** police ***** ** ***** ******** *** instead *** ****** ****** * ********* that ******** **** **** **** *** them *** ***** ****** ** *****.

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Cost ** * ******

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***** ********* ** ********* **** * long ****** (*** ****** *** * **** ******) *** * ******* *******:

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Shows ************ ********

***** *** **** ****** ************ ********** they *** "******** ***** ***********," ****'* CEO's ****** ********** ****** **** *** solution **, ** ****, ** *** informal ************* **** *****, **** ******* of ******** *********** **** *********** *** key ********, *** ** * ****** publicized ** ********.

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*'* *** **** ***** **** *** crazier. *** ********** *****, ** ***** on ****** ** *** *** ******* it.

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********* ******. **'* **** ** ****** a ***** ** *** '********* ** *** ********' ** ** *****.

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********, ** *** * *** ** good ********. ** **** ** **** it ***** ** ******** *** **'* a *** ****, *'* *** *** it. *** *'* *** **** **'* willing ** ****** ** ****** ** this *****.

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**** *** **** *** *** ******* you ** *** **** **** ******* in *** ***** **** *** **** idea ** ***********, ** **** *********...

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** *** *** * *** ** feedback. *** **** ** ** *** the **** ** ******** **** *** would ****** *** *** ** * company ********* ** **** * ****** stun *** ** ******* **** **********.

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* ****** ****** **** *** *********** team ****** ** *** ****. ******, they **** *** *** ****?

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* ************** ***** **** ** * stupid ******* ** ****** **** *********, I ** ******** **** **** ******* a ****** *** ****** ****** *** use ** ***** *****.

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*** ********* ** **** *********? * wonder *** **** **** *****. ** some ***** *** ******/********* ***** **, "Wait, ****'* *** *** ******* **** had **** ***** ***** **** **** year? ****** ****."

******* ****, ********** ***** *** **** some ********* ** *** *-***** ********:*****://***.***********.***/*******/****/****/**/**/****-*********-*******-*****.****

***** **** ** **** ****** ** distract ********* **** ****? ** ***** during *** ********* ******** ****** ** keep ** *** ** *** ***?

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***** **** ** *** **** ** let ***** ** *** *********** *** then ***** **. * ** ****** certain **** *** **** ******* ***** in ********** **** ****.

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**** ******** **** ****: "**** **** Taser ***** **** ***** ****** ********"

** **** ******* **, * **** it ***** **** ********, ***** *** very ****.

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** ****, * ***'* **** ******** to ** **** ***** ** ***. I *** ***** ********, *********, *** sarcastic *** ** *** **** ****.

*******, * ** ****** **** ***** is ******** ******* ** ***** *** if **** *****'* **** *** ***!

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* *** ******** ** * ****** about **** **** *** *******, *** suggested *** ** * ******. ** a ****** ************ ******* ** * state ******, * ***** *** **** idea ****** **** ****** ****** ** being ****** ****** * ****-******** ****** unit (**** ******** *** ** *** logistical ****** **** ******* ******).

* *****-***** ***** ***** ************* ** housed *********, **** ** *** ******* of * ******-******** **** *****, *** controlled *** ** ******* ** *** cellblock's ******* **** ** ******* ** disturbances ** *** *********'* ****** ****.

*******, ****** ********** *** ************ ** deploying ** ****** * ***** ** other *********** (**** ** *** ****** any ** *** ** ***** ** the *****), ***** *** **** ******* which **** ** ************ *********** *** cash-strapped *********** ***********, ******** **** ******** possibly ********* ** *.*.'* ** *** only ******* *** ***** ************, *** also ******* *** ****** **************.

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******:**** *** ****** *** ***** ***************** *** ** ** ******* ** the ****** ***** ******.

** *** *********, ***** ****:

** ***** ** ********, ** *** pausing **** ** **** ******* *** refocusing ** ******* ****** **** *** constituencies ** ***** ******* *** **** path *******.

** **** ***** **** ** ** "unfortunate" **** ****** ****** ****** ****** Axon "***** ** *** * ****** ** address ***** ********* *********".

**** ** *** ******** ***** ******* expected *** ************, **** ***** *** ************** ** *-* **** *********** **** not ** ******* **** *** *******. They ********* ****:

*** *****-******** ***** **** *** ** realistic ****** ** ******* *** **** shooting ******* **** *** ** *********** it ***, **** *********** ******* **** real ********* ** * ****** *******.

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** ***** ** ********, ** *** pausing **** ** **** ******* *** refocusing ** ******* ****** **** *** constituencies ** ***** ******* *** **** path *******.

*'* ***** ** ***** **** "*** best **** *******" ** *** ***** you ** *** **** **** ******* electrical ****** **** *** **** ** a ****** ******* * ******* **** their ****** *********** ** *** *******.

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**** *** * ******* ****** *** board *** **** **** ******* *** mind? ***** ** ** ****'** *** people **** ***** ** ****** **.

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*** ***** *** *** **** *** announcement ******* *** *********** ***, ** it ** ****** **** *** *** board **** ***** ** **** ******* the ***** ***********.

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**** ***** *** ****** * ******* group ** ******** ***** *********** ** his *** **** *******:

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**** **** ** ******** ** **** tends ** *** **** ****** **** their *** *********.

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* ***** **'* ******** *** * don't ****. *** ****** * ***** it's ******** ** **** *** *** Founder, *** ******* *** **** **** doubled ******* ** *** **** * years *** ** *** *********** $* billion:

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**** *****, ** ******* **** * drunk *** ** * ***, **** how ** ******* ****, *** ** has ******* ******* ** ******* ****** of ******** ******** **** **** ****** publications.

** ***** ** ******* ******* *** I ***** ** **** ** **** but **** ** * ******* ***** that **** *** ** **** ****** risk ***** *******.

****, *******, **'* ** * **** highly ******** ************ **** -**** *** **** ***** ************ ****** for ***-**** *********** **** - *** 27, ****

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****, *******, **'* ** * **** highly ******** ************ **** -**** *** **** ***** ************ ****** for ***-**** *********** **** - *** 27, ****

**** **** ****:

"*****'* ************ ******** ****'* **** ***-**** vision *** ******, **********, *** ****** change **** * ************ **** **** inspires *** *********," ******** *******, **** ***** ****** *** *** of ****.***. "** ***** ********** ******* I've ******, *** ****-**** ****** *** drive ** *** *******/*** *** ****** a ******** ****. ****'* **** ******* that **** ** ***** ********* *** the **** ****, **** *********** ********** to ******* *********** *******."

****** * ******** ********* ******* ******* a ***-****** ******* **** ** ***** to *** ************ *****? ***** ** that **** *****, ****'* ***** *** investors ******* ***** **... ******* **** are ******* ** ****** **** ************ enriches **** ***** ** ***** ********** - *** ***** *** ** ********** in ********* ****** ******** *********.

*** **** ***** ** *** **** or ********... *** ********* *** ********** in ********** ***** *** ******. *** that ** *** * ***** *** comparison **** **** ** **** ***** similar ************ **** ** *** **********.

**** '****** ** *** ***** ** maximize *******' **** **** ** ******** Mr. *****'* ***-***-*****-******-****-***** ****, **?

**. ***** *** **** ******** * treasure ***. ** ** **** ****** to ****** *** ****** ***** ** that *** ** *** * ***** the **** ** ******.

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