This, of course, could pose difficulties for Amazon or others who wish to use automated drones pervasively if they want to take off and land practically anywhere. And in my opinion, it should. But I can see it being used for remote deliveries to rural areas, or deliveries to significant-sized businesses or tall rooftops where it's prearranged, expected, and not likely to interfere with young children, pets, random passersby, etc. (or for it and its merchandise to be stolen randomly when the intended recipient doesn't pick it up or meet it right away...)
First, let me say that IMHO the guy shooting the drone acted in a hotheaded, impulsive, and dangerous manner. My post history shows I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but that's for responsible & intelligent handling and use. What this person did was neither smart nor responsible. He should be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm resulting in the destruction of private property. At the least.
Off-topic in reply to your post, matthewv789:
Where small drones would be extremely useful is in transporting time-sensitive (for patients and/or samples) medical/biological samples, cultures, etc between a rural hospital and a lab facility in the city, or even within the city or a multi-building complex,
Larger size drones could save lives by allowing first responders to put an accident victim directly onto a drone carried as standard equipment for emergency vehicles for immediate air evac to a trauma center, rather than wait for a helicopter to arrive.
It will be a fight, as government is not concerned with how widespread adoption of drone technology affects *your* privacy or safety or well-being (besides media optics for propaganda) so much as they are concerned how it affects *their* privacy and ability to hide things from the public while simultaneously monitoring the general public using the same technology.
"For we but not for thee" seems to be a common sentiment from all in D.C. regardless of Party.