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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
- Greg Bear

Loogie Gun  
  A non-violent weapon that shoots a gooey mass to immobilize a person judged to have criminal or violent intent.  

Sounds disgusting, but this is exactly what we need. Rubber bullets can actually kill people, as have tasers (discharging high voltage electricity into people via small darts). Bring on the loogie gun!

Both metacops, under their glossy black helmets and night vision goggles, are grinning. The one getting out of the mobile unit is carrying a short range chemical restraint projector - a loogie gun. Their plan worked. The loogie, when expanded in the air, was about the size of a football. Miles and miles of tiny cables like spaghetti with sticky gooey stuff that stays liquid until the loogie gun is fired. The snotty, fibrous drops of stuff wrapped all the way around her arm and forearm, lashed to the bar of the gates.
From Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam in 1992
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The disgusting part is an additional disincentive for lawbreakers. This also reminds me in some ways of being slimed - like in Ghostbusters.

For some discussion on the subject of non-violent weapons, see the entry for chunkers from William Gibson's 1993 novel Virtual Light.

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  - VLe Provides Non-Lethal Response
  - 'Loogie Gun' Deployed On Pennsylvania Turnpike

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