Watching MSNBC, I heard two commie commentators praise New York Times columnist Joe Nocera’s plea for a “smart” gun. Clearly, the left-leaning media mavens didn’t read TTAG’s dissection of “safety” technology that A) no one, save the gun grabbers, wants and B) wouldn’t work. But don’t get to thinking that built-in biometric gun locks—the thin end of the government-shaped “we’ll tell you what a gun is” wedge—are still-born. Nope. You remember those seemingly innocuous firearms-related Executive Orders Mr. Obama signed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook slaughter. Well check this out from thehill.com. . .
In another administrative move, Obama directed the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to examine the efficacy of existing gun trigger locks and firearm safe standards to determine if they need to be improved. The CPSC has partnered with the American Society for Testing and Materials International, but does not have a firm timeline for when its examination will be finished, according to a spokesman.
Just so you know, wikipedia tells us that “the CPSC is generally headed by three commissioners nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for staggered seven-year terms.” And before this executive order the CPSC was forbidden from fiddling with firearms . . .
Products not under jurisdiction of the CPSC include those specifically named by law as under the jurisdiction of other federal agencies; for example, automobiles are regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, guns are regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and drugs are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
So why change the law to unleash the CPSC on guns? D’uh. The move represents a clear and present danger to American gun rights, as this commission is hardly going to leave well enough alone. What’s the bet they move from “trigger locks” to biometric trigger locks? Or from gun safe standards to mandatory gun safe standards that drive the price of gun ownership through the roof?
Civilian disarmament isn’t just federal assault weapons ban bills. It’s also a death from a thousand cuts. We can’t let our guards down for one minute. As Neil Young sang, rust never sleeps.