Make no mistake about it, Obama and the anti-gun left have heard your cries. They’ve seen the polls. They know which way the wind is blowing. Without taking some extraordinary unconstitutional measures, they know they will never be able to get the kind of preposterous gun control laws they really want to see. Therefore, they are taking matters into their own hands.
According to a new report from CBS New York, a coalition of police, cities, and clergy members are pressuring gun manufacturers to start outfitting their firearms with so-called “smart” gun technology. The technology, still in its infancy, has taken a number of different forms. Naturally, because it could increase safety and could appeal to hobbyists who like the idea of something new, gun manufacturers are already pursuing various forms of the technology. Which they should. Which no gun-rights enthusiast should have a problem with.
The Market Should Decide
The problem comes when manufacturers feel obligated – whether through community pressure or legislation – to include the technology. This should be a demand driven by the gun-buying market, not by nanny-state liberals who want to sidestep the argument on gun control. These guns, which are designed so that they can only be fired by the owner, have a definite place in the market. Parents who want to make sure their kids don’t have a fatal accident would be a prime demographic, especially since keeping guns ostensibly meant for home protection in a locked safe presents some obvious issues.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a supporter of the technology, says, “We want to use the power of the marketplace, the power of the free market.” Yeah, but that’s not exactly what’s going on here. While boycotts and political pressure are not contrary to the Constitution, we’ve seen time and again how one thing can lead to another. How long will it be before some liberal governor decides that smart gun technology must be included?
Again, this isn’t an argument against the technology itself. It has a number of benefits, especially when the industry works out all the kinks. Among other attractions, it would make it nearly impossible for a criminal to turn a homeowner’s gun against him. Depending on how unbreakable the technology is, it could even cut down on firearm theft altogether. All good things. All things that any gun enthusiast should support.
Stand Against Totalitarianism
But what cannot be supported are any efforts to make the technology mandatory. Gun manufacturers should also be very hesitant to make it the new normal unless that’s the will of the marketplace. Technology can lead us down new, exciting paths, but early adopters can also tell you that it isn’t always what it was cracked up to be. You don’t want to be in a life-or-death situation and have your weapon fail due to the smart-gun technology.
As for the “coalition,” their aims are obvious. They want to use the smart-gun technology as a way around the 2nd Amendment. This shouldn’t even be a political issue, but where liberals tread, freedom dies.