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"Smart Guns" vs. Smarter Guns

The lamestream media told you:

[NOTE: This story, its source, and its stats left me stunned; the "news" has deteriorated completely.]

Deven Coldewey (NBC News) -- "Many Americans would consider 'smart' or childproof weapons if they were to buy a new gun, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.

"Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the Web-based survey of nearly 4,000 people indicated interest in the tech-infused guns, which use fingerprint detection or wireless signals to limit use of the weapon to its owner.

"Non-owners of guns and people identifying as 'liberal' were most likely to consider buying smart guns, while owners of multiple guns were least likely. [no stats provided]

"A 2013 study funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun makers trade association, showed only 14 percent of people would consider smart guns.

"President Barack Obama recently announced, during an emotional speech about gun violence, that his administration would pursue smart gun technology.

"'If we can set it up so you can't unlock your phone unless you've got the right fingerprint,' he said, 'why can't we do the same thing for our guns?'"

Note: NBC has been ranked by media watchdog groups as the least neutral and most hostile to gun rights of all national broadcast news outlets, but the others are very close. The term "gun violence" is a recently introduced and now common pejorative media propaganda phrase substituting for the word "crime." No balancing to this Bloomberg-funded story was provided, beyond the one line about the NSSF study that contradicts the whole thing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

So-called "smart guns" is a new rallying cry of the left, in their never ending drive to disarm or subarm the public. The effort is based, at its core, in unmitigated fear of firearms, ignorance of how firearms work, and an insecurity by its advocates about their own capacity for safely handling and using firearms, which does not afflict members of the gun community. The anti-gun sufferers do not seek treatment for their condition, preferring to disable others as a solution instead.

Their quest for so-called "smart" guns is for guns that don't work under multiple conditions. These are typically battery powered, which as anyone with an Obama phone or cash-for-clunker car knows, go dead at the worse possible times. Dead is the perfect word.

They can only be operated by one person, or only with an external device handy, all dangerous conditions for a device that must work without fail as if your life depends on it, because it does.

Guns aren't "smart" and cannot be. They are inanimate objects only as smart as their users, a point practically lost on the people promoting so-called "smart" gun schemes, in an effort to disarm or subarm gun owners. An underlying principle of proposed "smart guns" is remote control, allowing owners (but actually "officially authorized users") to make sure the gun cannot fire unless an "authorized user" deems that necessary. If "authorized user" sounds a little bureaucratic, that's because it is.

Smarter Guns

Smarter guns is what the gun industry and gun owners continuously demand and develop. Aside from evolving from smooth-bore matchlocks to self-loading rifled-barrel cartridge arms -- each step has involved exceedingly smarter designs. Modern guns have gotten smarter, for example with sights.

This includes an ongoing graduation from traditional centuries old (yet still fully functional) open iron sights to improvements like telescopic, improved reticle, three dot, phosphors, optical fiber, radioisotope light emitting, 3D red dot, laser projecting, range finding and more.

Guns so equipped are smarter, better, improved, but by no means "smart" in the left-wing sense of inoperable -- the hypothetical golden fleece anti gunners and hoplophobes seek to protect themselves -- not from crime, but from guns themselves. They don't seek protection from what guns are designed to protect us from, but from the guns. Hence their solutions are mythological, and typically dangerous or imaginary, which leads to the staunch resistance they constantly face, which they find mystifying and unfathomable. None are so blind as those who cannot see.


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