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As developed as the United States of America is, it has its share of gun violence and mass shootings. However, the country has a history of doing everything to curb gun violence, barring anything that makes some sense. Such is their freedom.

In a rather bizarre turn of events, the city of San Francisco has allowed its police department to use lethal robots against suspects. If this is not straight out of a dystopian movie, then we don’t know what is.

According to local reports, the killer robot will be controlled by a handler using a remote, which would not have any autonomous features. Moreover, the robot will be loaded with explosives instead of firearms, which will be used to kill or incapacitate suspects.

Police forces in America have often been accused of being militaristic. Many towns and cities across the US are more heavily armed than many armed forces representing some countries – several police departments have their battle tanks and other combat vehicles that have no place among civilians.

The Dallas Police Department initially opened this pandora’s box of using robots as an explosive delivery device. In 2016, after failed negotiations with a holed-up active shooter, the DPD wired up a disposal robot with explosives, drove it up to the suspect, and detonated it, killing the shooter.

As for the San Francisco City Police Department’s claim of not arming the robots with firearms is concerned, it isn’t entirely true. A local report from the city said that The SFPD has 17 robots, 12 of which are currently functioning. Most of the robots used for clearing bombs can shoot shotgun shells at the bombs – so basically, these robots that will be used to kill high-risk suspects already have lethal guns.

Moreover, the robots used by most police departments for bomb disposal, which will be repurposed to blow up suspects, come from the same robot makers who supply the US army. They essentially are the same robot. Only the load-outs are different. Moreover, the robots used by the US army do have some autonomous features.

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