Given the exponential rate at which American technology is developing, many within the gun control cabal of the left have attempted to steer firearms down the “smart” technology rabbit hole.
What exactly represents a “smart” gun, you may ask? Well, that question is still up for debate given that very few prototypes of such devices have been created or tested, but the basic gist is that firearms could be fitted with bits of advanced technology that prevents those who are not the firearm’s owner from discharging the weapon. While this may be applicable for the casual, weekend warrior down at the range, there are several concerns to be discussed.
Most glaringly are concerns over the possible use of fingerprint reading technology being implemented on the weapon itself. We all know that even the slightest moisture or grime tends to render our cell phone fingerprint scanners useless, making these weapons obsolete in inclement weather. Heck, even the humidity of summer could impair your ability to draw and discharge such weapons in a safe and timely manner.
The left’s insistence on these attempts, however, is bolstered by their asinine talking points regarding “at large” guns being used by criminals. While there may be no way for a ne’er do well to discharge your smart gun, it also means that you won’t be in possession of it when they figure that out.
The other option seems to be an RFID chip, either embedded in the skin of the owner, (no thank you), or mounted within yet another accessory that the possibly endangered gun owner will need to have handy.
When some students, (in New York City, of all places), were tasked with attempting to solve the problems inherent with “smart” gun thinking, they took a different approach altogether.
“One of the teams answering the challenge was composed of Sy Cohen, Ashwin Raj Kumar, and Jonathan Ng, students at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. These kids are smart, and I’m not saying that sarcastically. The process of trial and error they went through, along with the lessons they took from it was impressive. They realized that nearly every modification they made to a standard handgun resulted in the firearm becoming too heavy, large or bulky. Other modifications made the weapon too slow to activate, rendering it useless in an emergency. These, they said, were all characteristics which would turn potential gun purchasers off. (I told you they were smart.)
“So how did they wind up winning the competition? They abandoned the idea of producing a usable smart gun and instead developed a smart holster.
“‘Cohen recalled looking at Raj Kumar and feeling as if they had the exact same idea at the same time: It wasn’t about re-jiggering the gun’s anatomy. They had to make an accessory to the gun, something that was not permanent but could be taken off when being used, then re-attached when not.’
“‘Clarke said the genius of the system—unlike any other smart gun that has been made available thus far—is that there is a two-step hierarchy involved in unlocking the gun, ensuring that only the user can access the gun. Unlocking a gun kicks off with a fingerprint scanner. If the fingerprint scanner succeeds in identifying the fingerprint of the person, the user can access step two: checking to see if you’re in range. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is on the user’s person within a short distance, and the holster checks to see if the tag is in range. “It’s similar to keyless car entry,” Clarke said, explaining the RFID tag.'”
Now, this would allow the user to keep the firearm free from the holster in situations that demand a more natural response time, such as in the case of the light night home invader.
The team was also extremely cognizant of the legal ramifications on the horizon. In their report they cited that the technology should be an “option” for consumers, correctly assuming that the NRA wouldn’t give a thumbs-up to any “smart” gun technology becoming mandatory in the United States.