President Obama recently put into place new efforts that he hopes will quicken the pace for more research and development on what are now known as “smart guns.” Obama has been working on gun control since he took office, and this new plan is only the latest of his many attempts to, what he says will, help reduce gun violence.
For those who may not be familiar with smart guns, these are various weapons (usually pistols) that incorporate technologies (such as computer chips) that add safety features to the weapon that reduce (or eliminate) the ability of the weapon to be fired by anyone other than the one to whom the technology authorizes. Perhaps the most common, and popular, tech that is being used depends on fingerprint recognition and activation of the weapon.
Smart guns are weapons that use technological safety features designed to prevent accidental shootings, such as fingerprint activation that allows only designated users to fire the gun. For whatever reason, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are currently working on the new guidelines that Obama wants to present to gun manufacturers so they will understand future requirements for weapons they plan to sell to various law enforcement agencies. October is the scheduled date of release of the report and guidelines.
Concerning his plan, Obama wrote on Facebook: “These commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one? As long as we’ve got the technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smartphone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person from pulling a trigger on a gun.”
In addition, Obama said that he also plans on publishing a new rule that will include language that makes it mandatory that federal mental health records be used when background checks are conducted. These records are currently held by the Social Security Administration. Obama has been very public in saying that he wants more background checks on those who buy guns anywhere in the US.
It did not take long for gun rights groups to put in their response the President’s proposals with the NRA (National Rifle Association) being the most vocal. “President Obama’s obsession with gun control knows no boundaries,” Jennifer Baker, director of the NRA’s lobbying arm, said in a statement. She also took issue with Obama turning this over to the Defense Department in some cases where testing is being conducted on smart guns: “At a time when we are actively fighting terrorists at home and abroad, this administration would rather focus the military’s efforts on the president’s gun control agenda,” she wrote in a statement.
Many of those who support stiffer gun laws said that they applaud the President’s actions, saying that this is a good first step. Generally, they say that they feel good that technology is being used to help stop or reduce gun violence.
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