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The iP1 Smart Gun can only fire when it’s controlling processor/microchip is within 10 inches of the gun. It requires the shooter to have a wristband containing the corresponding processor/microchip. Would you trust something like this?

The national media has been touting something called smart gun technology recently. A smart gun is a “one user” concept designed to reduce the misuse of guns via RFID chips, fingerprint recognition, or magnetic rings. That sound all well and good, but read on…

There are supporters of the idea who say smart gun technology would reduce or eliminate accidental use and misuse of guns by children and teens. Who can argue with that? It is also said that it would reduce accidental discharges or the use of a gun against the owner if it is stolen or taken away. I will get back to this last claim in a bit.

Attorney General Eric Holder wants to explore “common sense” gun reforms, like “smart guns” by mandating that gun owners would have to wear a special bracelet in order to activate their firearms.

The short explanation of this technology is that the shooter must wear a band on their wrist that has a microchip and transmitter in it which corresponds to a microchip and receiver in the firearm. The firearm has to “sense” the wrist ban chip to be able to fire and the effective distance of the transmitter/receiver would be mere inches.

Holder made his remarks while testifying before a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations committee. He acknowledged the existence of the Second Amendment (there’s the smokescreen) which gives people the right to own guns, but expressed support for gun control measures that he described as “common sense reforms”.

“Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and talked about how guns can be made more safe, either though fingerprint identification or have the gun talk to a bracelet that you might wear. The gun could be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon,” said Holder.

How stupid does Mr. Holder think the average American is? Any system using a transmitter/receiver can be jammed, if you know the right frequency. Here is how Holder and his minions would like to see things work:

1- A law gets passed to force firearm manufacturers to incorporate the so-called “smart gun” technology into their products. You have no choice but to buy smart guns.

2- The FCC grants a range of frequencies that can be used for smart guns to operate on so they don’t interfere with anything else, basically what they did for cell phones and why we had to switch to digital TV.

3- At some point in the future, an anti-gun administration could order the smart gun frequencies to be jammed and render all firearms equipped in this manner to stop working. How convenient?

There is not a chance that I would ever support furthering smart gun technology or its use with the shooting sports. If you think this is just a wild, conspiracy theory type of thing…ask someone who knows something about radios and transmitting signals from point “A” to point “B”.

Have you heard stories about garage doors opening/closing unexpectedly because they caught a spurious signal from somewhere in the neighborhood? How comfortable would you be with a cop standing next to you, or a concealed carry individual, and have their “smart guns” susceptible to the same type of spurious signal? This is not a good idea.

One more thought…why is it that some people get all bent out of shape saying that Obamacare is the law of the land and should not be tampered with (I’ll point out that Prohibition was also the law of the land at one point in our history), yet the Second Amendment has been part of our Constitution for 227 years and they continually want to meddle with it?

Scary Attack

There was a scary attack that occurred in Florida earlier this week. As many as five black bears were rummaging through garbage cans outside a home when a woman walked into her garage and startled the bears. A bear grabbed the woman and pulled her out of her garage and down her driveway.

Fortunately the woman was able to break free and run back into her home without the bears catching her. The woman's husband called 911 and she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she was treated for her injuries, 20 stitches in her scalp and 10 in her forehead. Someone probably has said that bears aren’t dangerous around homes…just like mountain lions wandering around aren’t dangerous.

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