The mass shoot at the nightclub in Orlando a week ago today represents the latest of what has become a reoccurring nightmare in America. Family and friends are mourning again. Flags are at half-staff again. And once again, there are calls for gun control, which happens every time there’s an incident like this.
1 proposal to address the violence, especially when it comes to the daily shootings on our streets and in our homes is smart guns. As we first reported in November, these are firearms that only work when they’re fired by their owner. With gee whiz technology seeping into every corner of our lives — why not guns?
In the 2012 movie “Skyfall,” Q gives James Bond a smart gun that only he can activate.
Firearms that recognize only their owner aren’t just the stuff of movies. Army veteran Tom Lynch is developing a touchpad scanner that recognizes fingerprints, like an iPhone. Add it to an existing gun — and it’s a smart gun.
Smart guns could curtail the number of suicides, and cut down on the resale of stolen guns; estimated to be 230,000 every year. What good is a gun no one but the owner can fire? And they would help on-duty cops. And yet, with at least a half-dozen smart guns in advanced development and some ready for manufacturing, no major U.S. gun company is making them, and no gun dealer is willing to sell them. Why? Well, consider what happened to one Maryland gun dealer who tried.
He thinks the campaign against him was viral, not organized by the gun lobby, though in his rant, he wondered why gun lovers and the National Rifle Association, would oppose the sale of any gun.
[Andy Raymond in Facebook video: How can the NRA or people want to prohibit a gun when we’re supposed to be pro-gun? We’re supposed to say that any gun is good, in the right person’s hands. How can they say that a gun should be prohibited? How hypocritical is that?]
Andy Raymond: If you believe in the Second Amendment, and the Second Amendment is absolute, that the right of people to keep and bears arms shall not be infringed, then you should be able to buy whatever you want.
What Andy didn’t realize is that there’s a long beleaguered history to these devices: 15 years ago gunmaker Smith & Wesson promised the Clinton White House to develop smart guns as part of a deal to fend off liability litigation.