A Gun That Needs Batteries?
Well, it sure doesn’t sound “smart” to us…
But gun grabbers, government agencies, and law enforcement officials are just tickled about the first “smart” gun entering the market.
So how does a “smart” gun work?
Think of it like a smartphone. Before the advent of the digital age, your phone was a pretty simple device. It would even work when the power was out.
A typical handgun is a mechanical tool. It has a limited number of moving parts that operate together to launch a projectile at very fast speeds.
Now, new smart guns are adding a digital component.
The Armatix iP1 —the first smart gun to hit the market—comes with a waterproof watch. The gun contains an electronic chip, which syncs with the components inside the watch. The gun has to be in close proximity to the watch to work. If it’s not, the gun won’t fire, even if the trigger is pulled.
This technology does have a few potential benefits…
- If your gun was stolen – and many guns used in crimes are stolen – the criminal wouldn’t be able to use it (unless he stole your watch too).
- Assuming the watch is stored far enough away from the gun so that it doesn’t work, children couldn’t accidentally shoot the smart gun, which could reduce accidental gun deaths.
- Smart guns could possibly reduce the number of suicides (if the suicidal person doesn’t own or know where the watch is kept).
As you can see, the potential benefits are just that… potential.
But the downside to these high-tech weapons is real. And it’s a doozy.
Smart Guns Could Leave Their Owners
Feeling Downright Stupid
I’ll get to the most frightening implications of smart guns in just a minute…
But first, let’s look at some of the practical downsides.
Electronic components have a failure rate. Think of it like a bell curve. Statistically speaking, most electronic components will last an expected amount of time. But some will fail much sooner.
That means your smart gun could unexpectedly fail.
If it fails in a time of need, that’s not good.
Electronic components also require a power source. That means there’s a battery system inside the watch and inside the gun. It’s unlikely (although not impossible) that the battery could die right at the moment when you need your firearm.
But, what if it dies before you need it?
Have you ever forgotten to change a battery in a watch for a week or two? It’s pretty harmless if all that’s at stake is keeping track of the time. But what if the watch is responsible for making your gun work? And the battery is dead? That could potentially be fatal.
Electronic devices just simply aren’t as reliable as mechanical ones.
Think back to the example of the smart phone. Is your cell phone connection as reliable as your landline? Mine isn’t. I use my cell phone because of the convenience. A dropped call is not the end of the world.
A dropped connection between your watch and your gun could be… at least, it could mean the end of your world.
That’s the practical downside.
The New High-Tech “Backdoor”
to Gun Control
The political downside is much scarier.
In 2002, the state of New Jersey passed a new law. The law says that only “smart” guns can be sold in the state of New Jersey within three years of a “smart” gun being sold anywhere in the country.
These so-called “smart” guns have just hit the shelves in California.
So by 2017… that’s all you’ll be able to buy in New Jersey.
California is working on a similar mandate. And Congressman John F. Tierney of the 6th District of Massachusetts is proposing a national mandate.
The truth is if the market wants smart guns, they should be available. If you want a smart gun, I would never stand in your way.
But if you want a proven, reliable, mechanical handgun, you should be able to buy that, too. Gun grabbers are leaping on the “smart” gun bandwagon as a way to control your access to all guns.
Smart guns are more expensive than their mechanical counterparts. If laws are passed restricting the public’s access from mechanical guns, millions of people won’t be able to afford the new “smart” technology. They’ll essentially lose their Second Amendment rights.
And there’s another problem with “smart” technology. Some companies have the bright idea of giving the government an inside line to an “off” switch.
This is already happening with iPhones.
Last September Apple introduced new technology that would give law enforcement the ability to remotely disable iPhones. So, say you’re joining in a protest against government spending. The police arrive and get a little rough with some of the protesters. You whip out your smartphone to record the incident only to discover it won’t turn on…
Now imagine what the police could do with the ability to remotely switch off your gun.
My advice is to be wary of smart guns. I certainly wouldn’t buy one. And pay close attention to how politicians move on the issue. This may be the backdoor to gun control that they’ve been looking for. For more on purchasing the right handgun for your needs, click here
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