A new gun control bill proposed by Democrats would require that all newly manufactured firearms be “personalized” or become smart guns. Senator Edward Markey penned a piece of legislation that he feels will reduce gun violence, making all guns unable to fire unless in the hands of authorized owners. The smart guns would use fingerprint reading technology to accomplish the task.
Under Senator Markey’s gun control bill, the smart guns would be personalized with “special features” which would reportedly make it impossible for a child to fire the guns. If such smart guns existed last year, the viral stories about in several states detailing how older children and young teenagers were able to save themselves and their siblings from intruders would have had vastly different outcomes.
The Massachusetts Democratic Senator also believes that the pending gun control bill would make it more difficult for criminals to use stolen weapons. Debunking such a theory is not difficult. Although smart guns might thwart or slow down some criminals, we only have to look at the ever-expanding world of cyber hacking to realize what those will evil intentions can accomplish if motiviated.
Edward Market said this about the smart guns legislation:
“In the 21st century, we should use advances in technology to our own advantage and save lives, and the [bill] will help ensure that only authorized users can operate handguns. This is the type of gun safety legislation that everyone – regardless of political party or affiliation – should be able to support.”
The Democrat is also urging President Barack Obama to add $10 million to his budget plan for gun violence research. Senator Markey also recently stated that his gun control bill should be applauded by both “safety advocates” and gun owners. Whether or not any Second Amendment supporters will embrace the smart guns legislation remains to be seen.
In 2013 fellow Massachusetts Democrat, Representative John Tierney, introduced a similar gun violence bill.
An excerpt from a statement about the gun control bill issued by Representative Tierney reads:
“This vital legislation, which I introduced in the House last year, harnesses the benefits of existing technology to make guns themselves safer. Personalization technology would reduce accidental gun deaths and prevent stolen weapons from being used in crimes.”
Utah-based Kodiak Arms is currently accepting pre-orders for the “Intelligun.” The firearm is unlocked solely by fingerprint identification. Armatix GmbH recently introduced what has been deemed the first personalized gun in the United States. The Amatrix iP1, a.22-caliber pistol, will only fire when in range of a specialized watch that “communicates” with the gun.
What do you think of the new gun control bill and smart guns in general?