We may have a few years to go until the advent of Warp Drive technology (fingers crossed for 2063) and full-fledged Tricorders, the development of Phasers is well under way. Behold the balloon-popping efficiency of this early prototype.
YouTuber RemixCB posted this short video of a custom-modded replica Star Trek phaser implanted with what appears to be a conventional blue laser found in Blu-Ray players and PS3s. That means that while you can't yet set it to stun, you can definitely set this laser to blind.
And though there is some debate as to the validity of this video, well, you just watch that video and tell me how to explain to that poor balloon's wife and children why Daddy isn't coming home tonight.