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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

“Smart Guns” Have Become A Talking Point

“Smart Guns” Have Become A Talking Point

The Armatix iP1 pistol (above) is a “smart gun” available in .22 LR that Joe Biden wants to use an excuse to ban everything else.

“If I get elected president of the United States of America with your help, if that happens, guns, we have the capacity now in a James Bond-style to make sure no one can pull a trigger unless their DNA and fingerprint is on it. We have that capacity to do it now. You know it,” said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden was clumsily trying to articulate what is a real threat to gun rights. Some politicians see so-called “smart-gun” technology—defined as some kind of device that would theoretically only allow a firearm to function when used by a specific person or group of people—as a clever way to ban every gun that doesn’t incorporate some government-approved version of this futuristic technology.

The latest move in this direction is legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) designed to “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an enhanced research credit for the development of smart gun technologies.”

Politicians like Biden and Murphy have noticed that American gun owners have shown no interest in buying products that put the uncertainty of a battery and some kind of new technology between them and their perfectly functioning firearms, so they want to force us to buy and use them.

The politicians backing this type of legislation surmise that if this technology is developed, “smart guns” can then be made mandatory. A mandate of this technology then becomes a de-facto ban on all firearms now owned by and sold to the public.

Such technology, whether it works or not, could also allow government officials to put their bureaucratic fingers into the internal workings of our firearms. Put another way, the sponsors of this bill want to use public money to push American businesses into manufacturing a product that consumers have shown no interest in because it would give them control of the public.


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