Most of you know of “smart” technology because it is becoming extremely prevalent in our society. Go into any electronic store and you will see smart TVs, smart phones, even smart paper! Ok well maybe not that last one but it sure seems like it to me. When bringing up gun safety, the idea of a smart gun came into the discussion. The idea was to have some sort of radio frequency in the form of a ring or bracelet that would activate or deactivate the gun. A handful of people believed this was a great idea especially for those who have little loved ones at home.
However, groups like the NRA criticized this new idea because it is seen as yet another way for the government to try and control citizens’ ownership of guns. According to the post on their website, the NRA does not have any opposition against the technology but instead the government mandate that requires a grip with a finger reading technology.
The smart gun has now been made available for purchase in California.
Before we get ahead of ourselves and jump for joy over another smart product, let’s take a look into the pros and cons.
*Child safety: Having a weapon that can only be activated if it is in a close proximity to its registered device is a really neat idea to help prevent child accidents, teenage suicides, and homicides.
*Will make it harder for stolen guns to be used by criminals.
*Protects law enforcement from having their guns used against them in a struggle.
Arguments against the pros:
*If parents leave a loaded, unlocked gun in an area in which a child can access it, who’s to say the parent doesn’t then leave the watch laying around? I understand that it is an extra preventative step but carelessness when it comes to gun safety will always be a factor. I think even more so if the parent thinks that it is safer.
*It will make it harder for stolen guns to be used by criminals, but for how long? People already know how to hack into phones, computers, tablets, and even rewire a smart car to get it to start without the remote key. It is only a matter of time before it becomes the same way for guns. Not to mention, there will still be regular functioning handguns in the mix. When it comes down to saving your life, would you rather rely on physics or electronics?
*Smart guns do have the possibility of lessening the odds that a gun will be turned against law enforcement during a struggle. However, in a recent test, 1 out of every 10 shots failed. This is not a reliable weapon for neither law enforcement nor for you.
*Price. A smart gun starts at $1400. Then tack on another $400+ for your special new watch. This could potentially decrease the number of citizens who will purchase a firearm because it is 3x more than a Glock or S&W.
*Your self-defense weapon is now dependent on a battery-operated device. If your watch/ring/bracelet malfunctions, gets hacked, or looses battery power your gun will not fire.
*Unable to use someone else’s gun if you are in trouble. “Honey, shoot my gun! Here take my watch.”
*The watches/rings/bracelets can be recognized by an offender which can take away the element of surprise during an attack. Also takes away the whole point of concealed carry.
Arguments against Cons:
*Price is high now most likely because it is a new item, and the first of its kind. When other manufacturers come into the mix, prices are expected to drop.
*If you have a friend or family member that you trust with authorization to your weapon, you can grant them access by syncing their fingerprints to the grip on your gun if that is the model you chose. If you purchased the watch, it may be more of a struggle for someone to use your gun if needed.
*Different manufacturers can make different models and provide different electronic options to activate your gun. The electronic devices can be concealed if needed.
In conclusion, I feel that the cons are outweighing the pros. One of the main reasons that I am researching what guns would work best for me is because I want something that is reliable. I don’t want a gun that can die, malfunction, get hacked, or stop working if I lose the device. I understand why this could be a good idea but this is not for me.
What do you think about smart guns?