Unfortunately, some people are still going out and about without a mask.
It’s mandatory in shops and on public transport and while some people are exempt from wearing one, others simply forget or refuse.
So one man has come up with a solution to slap the protective gear onto people’s faces.
Allen Pan, the founder of the Sufficiently Advanced YouTube channel, came up with an answer to the anti-masker problem.
The creative inventor constructed a contraption that shoots out face masks.
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The 30-year-old shared a video on his social media channels this week showcasing how the face mask shooter would work.
He wrote on his Twitter: ‘America has a pandemic problem so I solved it by making a gun.’
The gun uses a laser to aim and shoot out surgical masks that land on the person’s face and wraps itself around their head.
In a YouTube video Allen said he came up with the idea as ‘American problems require American solutions’.
Inspired by the country’s second amendment – the right to bear arms – Allen wanted to combine it with healthcare.
The YouTube engineer explained: ‘It feels like people just aren’t wearing masks. And they should be! So what are we going to do about it? What am I going to do about it?
‘Well, I could make a fun educational video about how safe and effective masks are like a flamethrower on the mouth and a mask.
‘No! No! There are so many smart people that have made good videos. If that worked, it would have worked by now.’
If you’re wondering how the mask manages to stay on, it has weight magnets at the end of the strings so it can wrap around the target’s head and stick together.
Of course, putting it all together was quite the feat as Allen had to figure out the logistics to make it work.
He also had several attempts at shooting it to see how the surgical mask performs.
The YouTube engineer was pretty impressed with his creation, commenting that even if the launcher didn’t securely shoot out the mask, at least it had the ‘intimidation factor’ to scare people into wearing one.
A stickler for accuracy, Allen also added a laser to ensure the mask would land on target. He even managed to hit his target on a bust the first time around.
He didn’t want to just shoot people in the face though because they might not be able to wear a mask so he decided to head out and demonstrate it in public before seeing if anyone would volunteer to give it a go.
Unfortunately though, once Allen hit the streets, the launcher didn’t perform as well (and frankly, no one wanted to be shot in the face with a mask).
So perhaps back to the drawing board for Allen.
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