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Eric Holder and Smart Guns

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.

It’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 Congress (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.

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9 Responses to Eric Holder and Smart Guns

  1. Ripper April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Great post. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Mike April 8, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Excellent points, and I agree that we are seeing the future of gun control. One has to wonder if Holder will also be using smart gun technology on the weapons he gives to terrorists and drug cartels?

  3. Albee April 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    They tried a similar bill in Cali and actually demoed it for lawmakers. I expect major hassles for the tech crowd as well as gun builders.

  4. Hillbilly Bob April 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    I want the world to BURN !

  5. Dave the Dolan Fossil April 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    What one man can make, another man can rig a bypass. All this idea will do is make it impossible for the law abiding to protect themselves from the lawless.

  6. dgdimick April 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Requiring the user to wear a “id” sure sounds like being infringed.

  7. Joe April 10, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    And… retrofit millions of guns? Or just make any low tech gun illegal? … This is way too difficult to implement. If no past guns existed, and were just just going to start with gun one and begin manufacturing them, even then it’s problematic. But it’s a high cost, overly complicated plan with no real hope of efficacy.

  8. Joe April 10, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Smart guns… have to start with smart politicians first. When that happens, we’ll move to the next step and talk about technology.

  9. Kirk April 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    If this isn’t the height of hypocrisy I’m not sure what is… Isn’t this the guy that sent a bunch of weapons to Mexico ala ‘Fast & Furious’ and then lost track of them? I know that one doesn’t have much to do with the other but it shows what the mindset is…clueless.

    Moreover, can ANYONE EVEN IMAGINE had a pro gun Republican had this happen? Dear God.