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Edward Lewis – Black Inventor

According to Maslow, security is one of mankind’s fundamental needs. Nowadays we have complex surveillance and security systems for our homes, and in some countries, the presence of security teams that bolster police protection is commonplace. But in 1887, there were no such luxuries. It was almost impossible to fully monitor and protect your property, and it was sometimes large tracts of land. The only real solution was to patrol your property in order to thwart potential vandals and thieves, and this was both ineffective and impractical.

One disgruntled citizen who sought a way to remedy the situation was Edward Lewis. He was obviously fed up with spending all his time making sure that his land was safe, and he patented a spring gun to help make things a little bit easier for himself. This was a forerunner for modern laser sensed weapons. It consisted of a pistol mounted on a block of wood. The pistol had been fitted with a spring that ws attached to a steel wire on one end, and the trigger of the weapon on the other. Like a snare, anybody or anything that disturbed the wire would literally trigger a reaction, which would cause the pistol to fire.

While this is not the most accurate or elegant solution to protecting your property, it was highly effective as a deterrent. It is unfortunate that we are forced to live in such times, where crime is rife, but it has led to the creation of a massive home protection and security industry. While guns are a very old invention, the ability to use them without physically being there is an idea that improved on their usage, and coming up with this kind of system took a lot of vision and creativity. It is for this reason that Edward Lewis has become famous as an African American inventor.

 

 

 
 
 
 

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