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Holder seeks new smart gun technologies

Written By | Apr 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 — There seem to be no bounds to the limits that the Obama Administration will push its anti-gun agenda on the American people. There seems to be no restraint anymore, no hiding the fact that the Obama Administration seeks to control the gun industry and gun owners in the United States of America. American gun owners have watched time and time again as the man who allegedly represents them in the White House relentlessly attacks and denigrates their right to bear arms in the defense of their own lives and in defense of tyranny.

The latest push comes from Attorney General Eric Holder, who according to The Washington Free Beacon, is seeking to “…explore gun tracking bracelets.”

As part of a requested increase in spending for the Justice Department to focus on “gun safety” totaling $382.1 million, Eric Holder has included provisions for the issuance of grants to companies to the tune of $2 million to research technologies which would make guns smarter, and reduce accidents.

Aspects of smart gun technology include the use of bio-information to reduce access and use of weapons, as well as GPS tracking capabilities.

It’s these aspects of smart gun technology Holder is after.

“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…”

Of course there are gun accidents, they happen all of the time. And there are tragedies where children get their hands on firearms and end up killing a loved one or even a stranger. But these events are isolated, they are the result of negligence on the part of the gun owner. The child was either never taught never to handle a weapon, or the parent or owner of the weapon did not have it properly stored. This does not necessitate spending millions in tax payer money to stimulate the research of smart weapons which rely on potentially faulty technology to function.

What the Liberal media and the Administration refuse to see every day is the countless defensive gun uses that occur regularly around the country, most of which go unreported. Estimates put defensive gun uses at between five hundred thousand and several million each year, making the benefits of gun use far outweighing the tragic and unintended consequence of their misuse.

There is another phrase in there which bears further scrutiny, “…the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights…” “Enjoy” is the attitude that this Administration has towards the right to bear arms. Privileges are enjoyed, rights are practiced. The Second Amendment was not designed for the enjoyment of its practitioners, but rather to safeguard liberty and property, to protect what is theirs against those who would take it. The idea that one should “enjoy” their Second Amendment rights is as if the Attorney General were suggesting that it could be taken away from them, or that such rights are for sporting activities and other such inconsequential nonsense.

Pay close attention to this phrase, it is how the Administration sees “their Second Amendment rights.”

The reason people keep weapons close for self-defense, or the reason people buy a particular brand of firearm is its reliability. The fewer moving parts the better. When the time comes to use it, you want to know for certain that it is going to work. Adding an electrical component to the situation will only add to the uncertainty that the weapon is going to function every time. In addition, hearing a bump in the night, like broken glass, or a door breaking in, remembering to put in your bracelet, or dialing in your pin number for your firearm are precious steps that can cost precious time, which could be disastrous.

It also does not help, when introducing an electrical concept into the mix, that these things could potentially be hacked. What if these codes were broken? What if hackers disabled the ability of these bracelets to speak with the firearm? The fact that these are potential issues should be a deterrent against this kind of technology.

Eric Holder does not mention trackers directly, that ludicrously dangerous and irresponsible suggestion came from Rocky Mountain Tracking. The problems that introducing GPS trackers to guns or to gun bracelets have an enormous civil liberties implications while raising a multitude of other concerns.

Putting a GPS on firearms, or otherwise involving them in firearms, is a violation of privacy as well as of individual liberties. For the same reason that we do not drug test federal welfare recipients, we should not by any means track the whereabouts of guns or gun owners, and that is the presumption that each and every individual who owns a gun is a criminal, or potential criminal. While of course we are all potential criminals, gun owners or not, for the government to consider treating its citizens as such would be criminal in and of itself. It would be like tracking everyone who bought a baseball bat, or gasoline, or a car, an individual’s potential to be a criminal does not make them a criminal, their actions do.

Until an individual has perpetrated a criminal act, they are law abiding citizens, and should be treated as such.

But one must think about the implications of this. The right to bear arms in this country was cemented and guaranteed by the Second Amendment as a means of defense against a tyrannical government. It makes little sense then, that the government should know where each and every gun and gun owner is. It makes even less sense, to establish a precedent and pave the way for technology that would potentially allow the government to shut down an individual’s guns, or all of the guns in a given area during unrest.

This would effectively circumvent the Second Amendment, and pull the teeth right out of any potential threats that the people make against a tyrannical government should that time ever come.

The technology to make this nightmare a reality already exists. Yardarm Technologies has already created the means by which a firearm could remotely be turned off electronically. Their motives were understandable; to develop a means by which a gun owner, in the case of his/her weapon being stolen could disable it in order to prevent it from being used by criminals or sold on the street.

The problems this technology presents are two-fold, as they were with the bracelets. And those two aspects of course are that relying on technology not to fail goes against why gun owners buy reliable weapons, and that the potential for government or criminal ability to disable the firearms is too great. It goes against the 2nd Amendment to allow the government the ability to effectively shut down, or otherwise make inoperable, the privately owned firearms in a given area. The same goes for a criminal elements ability to find and disable the firearm of a potential victim through electronic means.

Perhaps instead of civilian guns, you should place trackers on all of the guns purchased by the Federal Government, which seem to be falling in the hands of the criminal element in the United States. Perhaps, since the Obama Administration is the most transparent Administration in history, we should put a tracker on all federally held firearms. Perhaps the people should have been doing it all along. Eric Holder, the handler of the Fast and Furious operations, is the last person who should be suggesting these kind of changes to the firearms industry.

Maybe he should have placed trackers on the guns that you smuggled to Mexico, that helped kill Mexican civilians and a US Border Patrol agent.

Maybe he should have placed trackers on the guns that the President sent to Libyan rebels, who now openly treat with al-Qaeda.

Maybe he should have placed trackers on the guns that the President sent to Syria, which went directly to those who actively endeavor to undermine American interests around the World.

Maybe he should have placed trackers on the arsenal of the US Park Police, who have misplaced thousands of weapons including tactical assault rifles, with select fire capability.

This effort is nothing more than a means to control, masked in the façade of public safety, and paid for by the tax dollars of hard working Americans, many of whom are gun owners.

Eric Holder and President Obama could not get their firearms legislation through Congress, so now they are going to try to get it through attempting to move the firearms market to do as they wish. The Administration is aware that gun owners are essentially private people, and that if they had to choose between owning a firearm that tracked their movements, or not buying a gun, they would choose the latter. This is firearms legislation through the manipulation of the market, nothing more than an attempt by the very body that the Second Amendment was put in place to check to pull the fangs from the coiled snake before it has the chance to bite.


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Conor Higgins

Conor Higgins has a BA from Catholic University in DC and an MA form George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, both in history. When he not getting his hands dirty in 2nd Amendment and firearms news he is doing his best to take a crack at some drive-by political analysis. And every now and then he may or may not review a low end bourbon for the tax write off. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Back Porch Politics.