So, this is kinda ridiculous. Why do “gun people” get so butt hurt about stuff like this? Everyone is pissed at Cheaper Than Dirt when they jacked up all their prices after the Sandy Hook shooting then everyone freaked out and purchased EVERYTHING gun related, cleaning out stocks and reserves everywhere (something from which we still have not completely recovered).
What is it with all the over reacting and outrage? You don’t like that CTD jacked up all their prices? Fine, then don’t shop there? Afraid that all guns and ammo will be banned? Not very likely to happen, calm down.
For crying out loud, let a business do what it thinks it needs to do to stick around. Gun people can be some of the most sensitive, easily offended, and skittish group of people I’ve ever seen. Sometimes even more than bleeding heart, utopian loving liberals.
Store backs away from smart guns following outcry from 2nd Amendment activists – The Washington Post.
So, I am a big fan of the free market. I believe that if you let it loose it can fix a lot of things that the government tries to fix by regulation and decree. That is what is happening in California with our handguns. All new handguns are required to have “micro-stamping” technology included in their design. This is to “help law enforcement” track down handguns that have been used in a crime. It does this by stamping the shell casing with a unique alpha numeric sequence that identifies the gun that a particular shell came from. Now, there are all sorts of issues with this tech, that I won’t get into in this post, but there is another solution that could be a good compromise.
That is the so called “Smart Gun”. To be honest, I am not a fan of this just yet. I think it has a lot to prove, but it could be a good thing, but we will likely never know. Why is that? It’s because the government, in all it’s wisdom, has seen fit to make this into a law “as soon as the technology is available”. That didn’t say “once the tech has been proven to work” or anything like that. So, someone somewhere, will decide that the tech is available and that means that it will become a requirement at some point, whether it’s ready or not.
That is not the way the free market works. The free market says that not before it is ready, and cheap enough that people will buy it, will it be released for sale. That means that companies can put these things through their paces, work up a good design, do some market research to find out what people want, and release a product that functions as it should and meets a need. Currently there really isn’t a need for these smart handguns, save here in California eventually. Which means there are very few companies (one as of this writing) that are making something like this, and it’s not particularly useful at the moment (only comes in .22 cal)
So all the government is ensuring is that a substandard “smart gun”, which will undoubtedly be re-named a “dumb gun” (or something more witty) that no one likes but everyone has to buy because the government says you have to. That will in turn endanger the lives of the people that will depend on those guns to work every time.
I don’t think it’s a bad idea to develop a smart gun, I think it’s a bad idea for a government to mandate that one is now required.
Just announced today, The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately, according to an article by Michael Rosenwald of The Washington Post.
When the RFID-equipped watch is activated by a PIN number and placed near the gun — like when a shooter grips the handle — it sends a signal to unlock the gun and a light on the back of the weapon turns green. (nothing will ever go wrong with this)
The pistol, which looks like a cross between Knight Rider, a Cylon, and Meagron, will sell for $1,399 and the watch (which is, of course, sold separately) is $399