Dead Batteries Make Dead People:
The dangers of electronically-restricted firearms and trigger locks
By Aaron Zelman & Richard W. Stevens
Smashing sounds at the back door. You run to
get your sidearm in the bedroom. Then find the ammo ... snap in the clip. Now
to unlock the trigger ... it’s dark, the buttons are small ... key in the
digits ... that’s right. Still locked, try again. Nothing doing,
it’s still locked.
Back door crashes down, the thug is inside. You’re keying in numbers,
smacking the thing against your hand, your leg, the wall. Your sidearm remains
dead. D@#%! What is wrong with this Stupid Gun!
When Technology Kills
This election year the anti-self defense lobby is selling "gun
control" as "safety technology." Trigger locks and so-called
"smart chips" make guns safer, they say. Who’s against safety?
It’s another trick in the victim disarmament strategy. Never forget that
the strategy aims to make it first unattractive and then impossible for
innocent law-abiding citizens to obtain and use firearms. Consider these
Trigger locks make a sidearm useless to anyone but
pre-designated users. That means if the owner is injured, unconscious or
absent, then quite likely nobody -- not even a family member, friend or peace
officer -- can use the sidearm to stop a criminal attack. Who will be
responsible for the “stupid gun” that cost somebody’s life?
Electronically-restricted firearms hurt victims, not criminals.
So-called "smart gun" technology depends upon an electronic device
working correctly at the right time. What happens if the electronic-restriction
chip fails, or the battery dies? In an emergency, the electronic restriction
slows down the defender, not the attacker.
So-called "safety technology" won’t stop criminals.
Outlaws will find ways to defeat or bypass mechanical and electronic trigger
locks -- or they will simply get guns without those user restrictions. Worse,
criminals will likely find ways, using electric shock or high-powered
transmitters, to disarm the defender by disabling the sidearm’s
electronic-restriction computer chip.
Registering Batteries Instead of Firearms
Safety-technology will lead to national registration of firearms and their
owners. Here’s how:
Just like cameras and watches, the electronic-restriction devices will need
specialized batteries. Only a few authorized retailers will stock those
batteries. At first, gun-battery buyers will have to produce identification to
prove their age. Soon the laws will require proof of residence and name.
Retailers will have to permanently record this information and report it to the
Later, the retailers will have to run an "instant check" every time a
person buys a replacement battery. Added restrictions, such as limiting
purchases to one battery per month (or year) per gun, will multiply the ways
gun owners are tracked and hampered in their self-defense efforts. Users
won’t be permitted to stock up on replacement batteries, because they
might supply batteries to criminals.
By registering battery buyers, the government will register all law-abiding gun
owners. Courts who cannot read the plain language of the Second Amendment will
never say that the Bill of Rights protects the right to buy batteries!
Own A "Criminal Gun" -- Go to Jail
What’s next? Laws forbidding possession of firearms that lack the new
"safety technology." Those older guns will be demonized as
"criminal guns" or "unsafe guns" -- and their
owners will face civil liability and/or criminal prosecution.
To ensure that electronic-restrictions and mandatory trigger locks are in place
and working properly, the government will demand periodic gun inspections.
(Many states already mandate routine inspections of smog gear on autos, and of
fire extinguishers and other safety equipment in businesses.) Firearms that
don’t meet the current specifications will be confiscated, and their
Mandatory so-called "safety technology" slows down the self-defender
but does nothing to prevent crime or suicide. Registering and inspecting
firearms discourages people from lawfully protecting themselves. Meanwhile,
this fact remains: the government and police have no duty to protect
individual citizens from violent crime.
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