TTAG reader RA writes:
“A properly functioning smart gun holds out the prospect of eradicating, like smallpox, those unbearable horror stories we still come across about twice a month,” Roger Parloff writes at forbes.com. “That was the easy part . . . Like the one last December, in which a 2-year-old at an Idaho Wal-Mart reached into his mom’s purse, pulled out her pistol, and shot her to death. (In 2010, 62 children, age 14 or younger, died in gun-related accidents, including 25 under the age of 5, according to the National Safety Council.)” Eradicate gun violence like small pox? Sign me up! However . . .
I don’t think gun safety for children is a technology problem. I think it’s a problem of society’s elites oppressing the common man.
The technology to limit negligent discharges leading to childhood gun deaths – education, situation awareness and locking devices – has been available for a few hundred years or more. Unfortunately, the elites have managed to keep firearms safety-related information/technology out of the hands of the common man. In many places, by keeping guns out of the hands of the common man.
Groups of resistance exist in deep dark corner of those places where the anti-gun control gestalt holds sway. Men and women teaching common sense and providing information on safety techniques, locks etc. They live under constant fear of harassment due to the instruction they provide. Or the “illegal” guns they possess.
[sarcasm] Fortunately, this all started changed in 2008 with the promise of “hope and change” from a young community organizer. Having spent much of his life in Chiraq, this community organizer knew firsthand what gun violence was all about. He promised that no longer would the majority of Americans have to suffer due to “gun violence.”
President Obama gave it his best effort. But he’s been unable to stem the tide of gun deaths. Vice President Joe Biden tried to help focus support on gun violence, but for some reason his “shotgun” message never caught on.
Here we are six years later and all of a sudden we have a “new technological breakthrough” to stem the tide of gun violence. Hopefully the Armatix iP1 can circumvent the elites’ brick wall of anti-gun vilification and finally put a stop to all the senseless gun violence.
Perhaps 500 years from now historians will look back on the iP1 compare its inventors to Johannes Gutenburg and the impact his printed bible had on millions of people.
As for me, I’ll continue to hope for a better future. But until I see some change, I guess I’ll have to continue to lock-up my guns and teach my kids gun safety in a deep dark basement, hoping no one finds out. [/sarcasm]