By now you’ve probably seen the headlines that Eric Holder wants gun owners to wear gun tracking bracelets. Your first reaction might be to laugh off Mr. Holder’s statements as a pipe dream at best (and who could blame you?), but in my estimation, that might be a bit hasty.
On Friday, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that the DOJ is looking into technological innovations, or “smart” guns.
I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe.
By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.
Itâ€™s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis.
Watch for yourself:
Here’s the deal – don’t get too focused on the bracelet, because the bracelet is just one type of “smart” gun technology, of which there are many, and even more on the horizon. The real issue as I see it is the push for smart gun technology as a whole, and the many problems smart guns pose for liberty and the right to keep and bear arms.
As previously stated, we are all getting a glimpse of the future of gun control with statements like Holder’s. Gun control legislation in the “traditional” sense is dead on arrival in CongressÂ (barring some major event, real or manufactured), so the statists have to find another way to push their control agenda, and technology under the banner of saving the children is their answer. You have to admit, it’s an attractive sales pitch.
The bottom line is this: remember that gun control, no matter the form, is all about control, and technology can provide a wonderful set of virtual handcuffs if we sit back and allow it to happen.