Gatling Gun History

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In 1861 Richard Gatling invented the gun which by turning a clink can provide the firepower of 40 men and kill just as many. Gatling’s purpose for this invention was simple: “If a weapon is so destructive it would be a deterrent that would terrify nations from going to war.” He would turn out to be wrong as the Union would use the weapon against the Confederates just one year later. This philosophy did eventually come true, it just wasn’t for his weapon. Nuclear Bombs are so devastating, they became the deterrent instead of the gun. The fear of total destruction drove countries away from using this military option which is why we are now living in the longest era of peace in human history. However, there were certain times where that “Gatling Gun” was almost used. For two weeks in 1962, the world stood on the edge of nuclear disaster. On October 16, 1962, …show more content…
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