To Us, This is a Bad Idea

Posted: May 25, 2014 in Articles
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According to an article from, published on April 16th, 2014, military sound-cannons will be used to slow traffic around work zones in Missouri (Click here for the source article). In case you are unfamiliar with sound-cannons, they are weapons that project powerful sound waves at targets. They are used overseas in military operations and are being brought into the states.

The sound waves that Long Range Acoustic Devices put out are powerful enough to penetrate to the interior of a “well-insulated” car, according to an employee at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Former Vice President of American Technology Corporation said that “the device will produce instant headaches, permanent hearing damage, and that ‘you definitely don’t want to be’ within 100 meters of the device.”

Now that you know a little bit about sound cannons, we would just like to say that we think this is a terrible idea. Who knows what’s going to happen when a driver hears a sound weapon? Is it really necessary to use these? How are they going to be used exactly? Do they really think that a sound cannon producing pain for those in close proximity is going to help slow people down? What, they are going to slow down so as to feel the pain just that much longer? How many accidents happen in work zones to justify using these sound cannons?

According to the one article that we linked to above, these sound-weapons are extremely powerful and can scatter a crowd of people with ease. I hope these sound-cannons won’t be coming to our state, because it may prove difficult to drive with them around. In our opinion, military weapons should not be brought home to be used domestically, but then again, who are we?

by Dink and John

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