The President has ordered the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to study smart gun technology.
Here’s the TL;DR on the subject.
1. As an electrical engineer, I know how reliable electronic components are. I wouldn’t trust a gun that would be bricked by a capacitor or semiconductor failing. Or a dead battery.
2. If something uses software, it can be hacked. I wouldn’t trust a gun that someone could disable—or fire—remotely.
Barack Obama is in the process of rolling out a series of executive orders to implement several common nonsense gun control measures. (By common nonsense I mean the usual proposals that seem to make progressives feel good, but have no real world effect on crime other than turning otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.) This will apparently include measures designed to plug the non-existent gun show loophole.
Most of the usual suspects on the left have made appreciative noises, but a few are expressing disappointment that the President isn’t moving more aggressively to suppress Second Amendment rights.
WaPo‘s Fact Checker gets one right when he awards no Pinocchios to Marco Rubio for his statement that none of the recent “mass shootings” would have been prevented by any of the current or currently proposed gun laws.
Gun-control advocates often point to the experience in other countries that have enacted gun laws that heavily restrict gun ownership; as we have shown, quantitative measures of cross-comparative crime statistics, especially where the crime is not consistently defined (i.e., “mass shooting”), usually end up being apples-to-oranges comparisons. It is possible that some gun-control proposals, such as a ban on large-capacity magazines, would reduce the number of dead in a future shooting, though the evidence for that is heavily disputed. But Rubio was speaking in the past, about specific incidents. He earns a rare Geppetto Checkmark.
Read the whole thing.
Last night, the President again proposed denying a right enumerated in the Bill of Rights for American citizens without due process of law. Apparently, he believes he can sell the idea that the best way for citizens to protect themselves is to be disarmed. If that were really the case, shouldn’t he order his Secret Service detail to stop carrying weapons? Of course, the proposition that the best defense is none at all is hogwash! (The sharp-eyed Gentle Reader will notice I dropped the e.)
I’ve recently seen a proposal for a common sense gun law that respects the principle of the equal protection of the laws. If Congress continues to let states decide who can carry firearms in public and what firearms they may carry, it should also exercise its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to protect civil rights and require that such prohibitions be applied equally across the board. If one class of citizens has its the right to bear arms restricted, no other class of citizens should enjoy the right in any greater measure. Under such a law, the rich, celebrities, and government employees would have no more right to have or use guns for personal security that the average person. Michael Bloomberg could have his private security detail if he wished, but they would be disarmed.
If such a measure passed, I don’t know that I would feel any safer here in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Maryland, but it might hasten the day when all of the Bill of Rights was operative in the state.
UPDATE—Ken White has a post over at Popehat that speaks with uncommon sense about how we talk about civil rights such as the right to bear arms.
Senator Barbara Boxer said today that California proves sensible guns laws work.
The rifles used by the shooters were 5.56 mm NATO caliber, a DPMS Model A15 and a Smith & Wesson M&P15. These are AR-15 pattern rifles.
This demonstrates how effective the California “assault rifle” and “high-capacity” magazine bans are in the real world (which probably shouldn’t be confused with California.)
UPDATE—Steven Hayward at Powerline has some thoughts on better gun control.
One of the “common sense” gun control laws inflicted on the us here the Democratic Peoples Republic of Maryland has been repealed. The State Police will no longer be collecting a fired shell casing from each new handgun sold in the state. After 15 years, around $5,000,000, and not a single solved crime, the program will end. The State Police have not yet decided what to do with the 340,000 shell casings lurking in the basement at the Headquarters in Pikesville.
The best solution would probably be to sell the three rooms full of brass as scrap metal. That way, the shell casing from my .22 target pistol can be recycled into something useful.
BTW, swapping the barrel and firing pin on a handgun with parts from others of the same model easily defeats the system.