If the Object is True Security, ADMs ‘Not the Droids You’re Looking For’

By David Codrea

OK, now what… ? (Knightscope Facebook photo)
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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)-  “Who knew R2D2 loved gun control?!”

Jenn Jaques of Bearing Arms asks.”The Mountain View startup company Knightscope currently has a line of Autonomous Data Machines (ADMs) capable of taking 360-degree HD video, detecting physical presence, and recognizing license plates and faces.

K5s have broadcasting and sophisticated monitoring capabilities to keep public spaces, such as malls and office buildings, monitored for crime as they rove through open areas, halls and corridors working to detect suspicious activity, and could soon be able to detect your gun.”

This I had to see for myself.

True enough, on the SeedInvest “equity crowd funding platform,” hopeful proprietor Knightscope uses a #StopThe Violence hashtag to supplement its claim that “Autonomous security robots provid[e] advanced detection capabilities at $7 per hour – aiming to define the future of security.”

And the reason they’re doing this?

“We started Knightscope because we were horrified by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook and the impact of 9/11 on our country. We are all tired of waking up every morning to see a new horrific event on our news feeds. No number of ‘thoughts and prayers’ is going to solve the problem. Our team wakes up every morning with a singular focus and chance to do something about it – and we have and will continue to put our blood, sweat and tears into the effort of better protecting our country and keeping our communities safe. No matter what it takes.”

Evidently, what the Founders deemed “necessary to the security of a free State” must no longer apply now that venture capitalists and technoweenies have decided an R2D2 clone is just the ticket.

That it can be rendered useless with a Hefty bag or a Louisville slugger, or any of a countless number of ways, seems not to be much of a concern.

As for stopping another developing Sandy Hook, the droids hardly look impervious to a well-placed .223 round or two, and when seconds count, an armed response team will still be minutes away.

As for stopping another 9/11, it’s up to Knightscope to flesh that one out. Without details, that expectation seems beyond ludicrous, although the case could be made that there’s no shortage of programmed TSA drones already.

And as for detecting guns, unless they’re being brandished, which means a victim pool and witnesses equipped with cell phones will be flooding the 911 switchboard, what else will the robot do? Assuming it can’t scan through clothes, differentiate between lawful and unlawful open and concealed carry, or fire back, what will it actually do that less expensive (and superior human) options won’t?  Besides roll around and give clueless cud-chewers a “feeling” they are being protected in “gun free zones,” all the while discouraging the only real defensive choices out there?

There’s just no substitute for individual preparedness, situational awareness and training. If what you’re expecting it to be protected and kept safe by some machine, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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The unit weighs over 300Lbs, hard to tip over but it is possible.

Large black trash bag can put it out of order,
pouring motor oil around it on the ground can stop it too.

It is nowhere as powerful as a Dalek.


Looks like the wheels on that little Humpty Dumpty are max four inches diameter. Anyone wanna guess how those would fare against a bunch of inch and a half high wooden blocks scattered in its path? How about a Home Cheap Big Tough black trach bag plopped over its thin end? The Louisville Slugger is also a great idea… walk about the mall with one over your right shoulder and decent mitt in your left hand… nice cover. As things stand, any place that denies my right to carry not only does not have the protection of MY carry gun,… Read more »


LOL! Thank you for the laugh. Your line, “Home Cheap Big Tough black trach bag plopped over its thin end?” got me laughing. Just make sure you use a heavy duty black trash bag.


R2D2 Robot going around in mall taking pictures?
More government allowing infringement on the rights of citizens who will benefit from all the facial pictures?


The pic is also of an air gun. Last time I checked those were not involved in a lot of shootings.

Capn Jack

A little kid runs up and yells BANG! and the droid shoots him …..WHOOPS! Software error….


Who is the clueless photo editor who approved the top photo showing a finger across the trigger and trigger guard, since the shooter is not on target and he has not yet decided to shoot?


Droid Tipping Anyone? Looks supper easy

Harry Goldwater

What in hell was that all about?