The Chinese government this week demonstrated their ability to shoot down satellites, not to be out done, the US government demonstrated their ability to shoot a working ray gun, capable of making you feel like you are on fire.
Various different military and defense contractors have been working on a ray gun design for close to 7 decades, which is almost as long as the concept has existed in science fiction!
The device can be fired from 500 meters away which is further than rubber bullets or other non-lethal devices. Its also further than the effective range of your average m-16. The device when fired makes the target feel like they are catching fire and of course they flee the pain.