December 8, 2008

An Ergonomic Medical Device (with a 9 mm. chamber)

Khalil Semhat lives in Lebanon. He grew a big potato. But today’s bigger news comes from this report in New Scientist, revealing that the FDA has labeled the 9 mm. handgun below as a "Daily Activity Assist Device.” In other words, it’s not a gun, it’s a medical device aimed to assist seniors with arthritis to shoot more easily.
According to Matthew Carmel, president of the company that makes the Palm Pistol, “The justification for this would be no more or less for a [walking aid] or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices.” I love that "the justification would be no more or less.” In other words, a Palm Pistol is exactly the same thing as a wheelchair. But what else is it? The Palm Pistol website reveals more (and less):
The Palm Pistol is an ergonomically innovative single shot... only defensive firearm [sic].” Elsewhere on the site: “Suitable for home use, concealed carry enthusiasts, collectors or backup gun. Ideal for disabled, seniors [sic] and others with manual dexterity limitations.”
Oh dear, there is such a thing as concealed weapon enthusiasts? If Khalil Semhat's hands are tired from digging up that big potato, perhaps the Palm Pistol would make an ideal Daily Activity Assist Device for him. But I'd hope Khalil would be more enthusiastic about owning an equally deadly (but more nutritious!) concealed parsnip.

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