Saw a story the other day about our Vice President saying that smart gun technology could have prevented the shootings at Sandy Hook. The story quotes from the AP:
“Vice President Joe Biden says he’s interested in technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the person who bought it . . . He says evidence shows such technology may have curtailed what happened last month in Connecticut when 20 youngsters and six teachers were gunned down inside their elementary school . . ."
It is useful to note that VP Biden has no military experience, having received five deferments during the Vietnam War before finally getting his 4F for "asthma" and has spent the last 40 years in Congress. So basically, like pretty much all liberals, Biden's only knowledge of firearms come from movies. I'm guessing he's seen James Bond and the Judge Dredd movies too many times if he's babbling about smart guns.
I'm not saying the technology isn't out there, RFID chips already exist and were being tested almost eight years ago. Notable that the technology hasn't gone anywhere since. The chips require implants into the user's arm or hand to make the weapon usable. The police have balked at this since an officer may have to use a partner's gun at some point. Also with nothing 100% reliable, the prospect of a malfunction in a life threatening situation makes the geek-y notion not practical in the real world.
RFID chip creators say the guns can be programmed to accept other chips, like partners, supervisors, etc. Well, doesn't that defeat the purpose of the chip? In the Sandy Hook case, we know the mother took her son to the range on several occasions. Presumably, he would have been programmed to use the weapons he eventually ended up stealing. I suppose she could have removed him as a user, but what if she had forgotten? See, there's a whole other can of worms being opened up here.
The NRA gets demonized by liberals for balking at such innovation, but their motives are on target (pardon the pun). If you own a weapon for self-defense, what good is it if you cannot be 100% sure it will work when you need it? How many times has your computer acted up? Your cell phone? The computer in your car? Are you going to remember to check the batteries in your firearm? Most people don't remember to check the batteries in things like clocks or smoke detectors until they fail. Your self-defense weapons fails when you need it, and you won't have to worry about checking it a second time!
Sadly this is just another case of Democrats looking to crush one of their conservative targets. They spent the last year demonizing religion and right-to-lifers, not with another tragedy to exploit they're going to try and overturn the 2nd Amendment and outlaw private gun ownership -- if not directly, then by proxy: onerous taxes on ammunition, outlawing specific types of ammunition, outlawing vague catagories of firearms, mandatory buybacks, absurd high tech weapons that will surely be priced above the average citizens ability to afford them.
People who have complained about the leftist, socialist leaning of this administration where mocked by the liberal press, but once again, look at which party is attempting to curtail your rights, your Constitutional rights? It ain't the Republicans folks.