Editor’s Note: Shooting down drones to cool background music; all in a days work for Johnny Dronehunter. And he’s much too cool to look at explosions.
He keeps a big-ass shotgun by his side. He hates drones, and is here to protect your privacy rights from those noxious aerial robo spies. He will shoot one (or four) of the bastards right out of the sky if he has to. Why? Because he’s Johnny Dronehunter, Defender of Privacy.
“In the not too distant future,” the video’s description reads, “privacy is a thing of the past. Undeniable rights degrade like the paper they were written upon, and Big Brother has a constant eye on you and your family.” At which point, only a “determined man and an unequaled weapon”—Johnny Dronehunter and the Salvo 12, I assume—can save you.
It just might be the most extreme expression of so-called Drone Fear to date, and yet I still have so many questions. For starters, why Johnny Dronehunter, Defender of Privacy?
The idea behind the character, SilencerCo CEO Josh Waldron said in an emailed statement to Motherboard, was to use a more non traditional, albeit “relevant” setting to give SilencerCo’s content a reach beyond the core market for what the company claims is the first commercially viable shotgun silencer.
It just so happens, according to Waldron, that a lot of Americans are worried about the implications of widespread aerial surveillance from public and private drone operators.