For our technology assignment I wanted to write on the Ideal Conceal Pistol. For this assignment we need to write about a new technology which will affect social media in the future. This new technology will not only affect social media but also the way law enforcement will interact with civilians and the way civilians will interact with them.
Now a days we see many more cases of law enforcement aggression and civilian aggression towards law enforcement as well; (or we report on it more). Keri Blakinger wrote about a recent fatal shooting on January 2nd in Las Vegas Nevada where police killed Keith Childress a twenty-three year old who was wanted in Arizona for multiple violent felonies. United States Marshals were tailing Childress when they called for backup from the local police department. The Las Vegas Police Department was under the impression that Childress had attempted murder charges when that wasn’t the case. Childress was found holding an item in his hand; the police opened fire and fatally shot him. Childress had a hidden item in his pocket and was advancing on the police when he was shot. In his hand was a cell phone. This incident is the 16th officer involved shooting in Las Vegas since 2015.
When I first heard of the Ideal Conceal Pistol I wasn’t too fond of the idea for reasons like the one above, law enforcement officers are sometimes confused with what someone has in their hand even if it just a phone and now we will actually have firearms that will look like cell phones causing the law enforcement community to be more on edge when they see someone pull out a phone shaped object. Some of the time these incidents occur because of the fact that people panic when they see an officer, and they try to pull out identification or a cell phone and under trained officers shoot them. A good tip is if you are ever stopped by the police you should never put your hands in your jacket and look as if you are holding a weapon and don’t pull out you cell phone if an officer is uneasy.
But when I was looking into this new pistol I ran across a video from the Yankee Marshal and he explained how this is a simple way for a law abiding citizen who wants to conceal carry and can’t because of clothes restrictions or because they might make others around them feel uncomfortable, you can either carry it in a pocket or on the belt and people who don’t need to know it’s a gun won’t figure this out. Once I heard this explanation it made sense but there are still risks involved with this but if you are responsible you should never have a problem.
This technology will affect how law enforcement conducts themselves around civilians and how we conduct ourselves around law enforcement and how the media will portray shootings in the future involving phones or this ideal conceal pistol. This applies to social media because this weapon portrays itself to be a device that most us have on us at all times to connect with each other through social media.