U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “If I get elected president of the United States of America with your help, if that happens, guns, we have the capacity now in a James Bond-style to make sure no one can pull a trigger unless their DNA and fingerprint is on it,” candidate a perennial gun-grabber Joe Biden told well-heeled Manhattan Democrats, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday. “We have that capacity to do it now. You know it.”
Unsurprisingly, Biden either doesn’t know what he’s talking about or he does and doesn’t care that he’s spreading lies. While we’ve seen numerous abortive attempts over the years to bring the technology to market, recent ones involve technologies relying on fingerprint recognition, bracelets and rings, and embedded RFID chips. If DNA is to be added into the mix, it would be interesting to see that idea fleshed out, including how the sample will be extracted and then analyzed to allow for immediate firing by “authorized” users under all conceivable real-world conditions.
As for invoking James Bond, the biometric “Skyfall” gun has been exploited before by those with citizen disarmament fantasies. It only takes a cursory analysis of their claims against reality to show such “new” and “smart” ideas are anything but.
“Maybe biometric guns could reduce the gang violence that contributes more than 90 percent of U.S. homicides, most of them committed with illegal firearms,” perpetually anti-gun Slate gushed in a 2012 paean to the Bond prop. “Perhaps someone could build a stand-alone biometric system that would give pro- and anti-gun lobbies some common ground.”
Then again, perhaps not.
To believe that those perpetrating “gang violence” would in any way be inclined to participate or be affected in the least is just ignorant and childish. And as for the “pro-gun lobby” having any incentive to find “common ground” with the monopoly of violence zealots, they’ve revealed their end game too many times for informed gun owners to want them to do anything but go away.
It‘s not that we’re against technology and options offering more consumer choices per se. It’s just that, as their past actions have demonstrated, those who want to disarm gun owners have tried to make so-called “smart guns” mandatory. They would take that choice away if they could, and in doing so call for the retrofitting or surrender of all non-compliant firearms.
And then they’d ban the new ones.
But it figures Joe Biden would be out there promoting more nonsense under the guise of “gun safety.” This is the guy whose self-defense acumen includes advising us to fire shotguns through doors, or off of balconies into the darkness. That even doctrinaire Democrats don’t see him for a clown world fraud says more about their deliberately denying reality than anything, and that he currently enjoys frontrunner status tells us there should never be common ground with the willfully self-deluded.
And here’s the thing about “smart guns”: Initial research done decades ago by Sandia National Laboratories was enabled by a $620,000 National Institute of Justice grant. The purported reason offered at the time was over concern that one out of six police officers killed in the line of duty were shot in “takeaway” incidents, that is, disarmed and killed with their own service weapons.
So naturally, when Democrats go to make such guns mandatory, guess who the “Only Ones” exempted are. You don’t think police unions would let their members hinge their survival in violent encounters on devices designed to inhibit the primary function of their service weapons, to fire on demand, do you?
But this does present an opportunity for Joe Biden to put his money where his mouth is and prove “We have the capacity to do it now.” As a former Vice President and a current presidential candidate, he could order his Secret Service detail to trade in their service weapons for, not just “smart guns,” but ones that require a DNA match in order to fire. After all, he exposed himself to them, and their being exposed back seems only fair.
That would actually be a bit of “gun control” I could go for.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.