Rand Paul threatens to shoot down nosy drones in a Snapchat interview with CNN

Best to never go snooping around a libertarian's property.


Miles Klee


Published Jan 28, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 4:18 pm CDT

Turns out Snapchat isn’t just an app for keeping tabs on thirsty randos, recording evidence of your own criminal psychopathy, and distributing nudes to hacker networks. It can also be used as a mildly awkward platform for interviewing sitting members of Congress in a way that makes them almost palatable to a millennial audience that has no interest in their politics.

This seems to be the thrust of CNN’s “historic” softball Snapchat interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), which covered his undefined 2016 presidential ambitions and set him up for a gratuitous Hillary Clinton burn of which you could tell he was really proud. The most memorable answer that the longtime Snapchat user gave, however, related to the drunk government intelligence officer who crashed a drone on the White House lawn on Monday.

Drones should only be used according to the Constitution,” Rand said, perhaps unaware that his favorite 227-year-old document in no way refers to remotely controlled aircraft. “But if they fly over my house, they better beware, because I’ve got a shotgun.”

Here at the Daily Dot, we started wondering: Just how legal it is to shoot down nosy drones hovering above (or near) one’s property? We’ll let you know what the experts tell us, but until then, guess it’s open season.

Screengrab via CNN/YouTube

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*First Published: Jan 28, 2015, 2:47 pm CST