first published on April 30, 2016 by Matt Silvey[mashshare]
The White House has resumed their push on so called “smart guns.” According to a recent article in Politico, this revived push for “smart gun” employment is being touted as a way to curb “gun violence.” I guess it makes it easier to sell a pile of garbage to uneducated folks when you attach emotion to it.
Assuming that “smart gun” technology is currently viable requires some serious lack of subject matter knowledge coupled with just plain delusional lines of thought, to wit I offer this:
“’As long as we’ve got the technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smartphone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person from pulling a trigger on a gun,’ Obama wrote on Facebook Friday.”
What in the heck is he talking about? Where is this magical technology that prevents the theft and use of smart phones? Last I checked, people are stealing smart phones all the time, and then setting them up with new service and using them. Which leads me to believe one of two things is happening: 1) Perhaps living in their ivory towers, these politicians are so separated from society that they have lost all touch with reality or 2) they really don’t care about reality and just want to push “smart guns” on us as yet another step in taking away our guns.
Speaking of out of touch from reality, not long ago, Vice President Biden put out a short video in which he was suggesting that smart guns were ready for prime time and that it only made sense for people to switch to them. The following is his video, with some commentary added by me. I still stand by everything I said in those comments, and all my reasons remain the same.
Apparently, the White House now realizes that the general gun owning public is too smart to fall for the whole “smart gun” thing, so they have decided to push this failure prone technology onto others rather than lead by example.
“The steps announced Friday are more modest than that and appeared designed to win buy-in from law enforcement. They include meetings with law enforcement officials as agencies move toward a goal of devising baseline standards for safety and reliability for smart guns that might be used by police.”
Apparently, they are now going to attempt to force it upon law enforcement enlist law enforcement’s help by offering bribes grants to agencies willing to risk their officer’s lives for some free federal money. You remember the police, the profession Obama has so frequently villainized during his tenure; yeah, now he wants our help.
“That effort will also identify agencies that would be willing to participate in a pilot program.
The announcement also included new research grants and money available to state and local law enforcement agencies that want to buy smart guns.”
If smart guns are such wonderful devices, why is the president trying to make us cops use this untested technology. Would it not stand to reason that if they are so awesome, should he not want to equip his secret service protective detail agents with them first? I only pray, for the sake of my fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement, that if any department heads actually attend these meetings, they take someone well versed in firearms and their employment in gunfights with them. Most administrators, even the good ones, are so far removed from actual cop work that they fail to think about all the things that can happen, especially in a gunfight.
The currently available “smart gun” technology is not remotely suitable for a fighting gun. There are far too many ways for them to fail, and anything prone to failure is the last thing anyone wants to rely on when lives are at stake.
Let me just be clear, I am not opposed to the creation of “smart guns” or a technology that would only allow a specified set of users fire a weapon. I can see the benefits of such technology. But the fact of the matter is, “smart gun” technology is nowhere near ready for primetime. The technology the White House keeps suggesting only exists in science fiction right now. The currently available versions may be shown to be operational on a gun in a static, clean range environment, as we have all seen them being used, but cop work and self-defense gun usage are never static and involves all sorts of variables that are completely absent in the “smart gun” demonstrations.