Most firefighters will never use firearms unless they are purely for recreational purposes. That being said, it’s still fun to talk about some of the technology out there that’s being talked about with folks in the firearms field. Many firefighters have to respond to events that have taken place during a gunshot incident, and seeing new technology out there always gives a little hope that some of those incidents will eventually start to decrease.
My initial reaction to smart guns was one of skepticism. Can we rely on current technology to control the future? My first thought was no. The “Superiority” warning from Arthur C. Clarke is both a blessing and a curse. We can be too smart for our own good. But, if we weren’t too smart for our own good, we’d never make any discoveries. We wouldn’t have face-time, or biometric fingerprint technology. It is necessary to take risks and make an educated decision, even in regards to human safety.
I do not agree that any gun whose safety systems are controlled by radio technology is reliable enough to sell in any capacity. There is the risk of tampering and making the gun unusable, thus defeating its original purpose, to defend the owner/operator. But, this isn’t new technology. Controlling by radio waves is old technology.
New technology consists of biometric locks and palm recognition that doesn’t rely on radio waves that are subject to interference. The technology is advancing, and in a world where electronics are outdated weeks after they are released to consumers, it isn’t farfetched to believe that there is s reliable safety mechanism that can protect innocent people from mishandling firearms or nefarious people from interfering with them and it’s probably already in production.
Ownership Rights and Responsibilities
Gun ownership groups view current legislation and regulations as an unnecessary interference against owners and a violation of second amendment rights. It is the opinion of most gun owners that any technology that is not 100% effective is not feasible for owners.
We cannot ignore a rise in mass killings. We cannot ignore that there are more violent acts being committed on a larger scale than in our nation’s history, specifically when the 2nd amendment was written. It is not a violation of rights to protect the human rights of every person, gun owner or not, if the appropriate technology exists to do so.