I don't like the surveillance state, but there are elements of police work where helicopters are used, and drones like Scan Eagle could replace them in that role at a much cheaper price.
As for shooting one down, it would be about impossible with a rifle because they're very small and typically fly at around 3000 ft
People who get into reloading to save money quickly learn they don't save any money. They just shoot more for the same price.
No I didn't read the article, but the comment related to drones being a product of war. Aren't firearms the same?
I can't find it now, but I've heard this happened once already! I'll have to work on my bow skills since I'm in city limits, but I wouldn't hesitate! The airspace above your home is also yours! I'd murder a drone first chance!
Regardless of what that "news" article called it, that was a remote controlled helicopter, not a military drone. I could hit that with a slingshot.
If the Afghanies haven't managed to shoot them all down, then I doubt "we" will do any better.