Consequences? You mean like the elimination of a threat, one at a time? Sounds good to me.I'm all for the non-lethal. Bullets have too many consequences.
Yup, I read about something called a "dazzler" recently, which can actually make you nauseous if you look at it. Lasers would be strong enough to have an effect even if your eyes were closed. Shine this at pirates on the verge of sea-sickness and it would be pretty debilitating while still not lethal.
I'm all for the non-lethal. Bullets have too many consequences.
If the threat to someone's life is real and obvious, shoot first. That's the law, at least here in Delaware.
All in all, I think there are much better ways to flash a boat than using a 100k$ laser -.-