Every President’s tenure has one or two legacy issues for which it will be remembered. Although only history will determine exactly what President Obama’s legacy will be, I have to believe failed attempts at gun control will be near the top of the list. But, despite approaching the end of his final term, the Commander in Chief has decided to give it one more try. Although this latest attempt involves smart technology, it doesn’t keep it from being really dumb.
The President has made no secret of his attempts to institute national gun control and Congress has been equally open concerning its unwillingness to facilitate this wish. Attempts at legislation have been defeated. Executive Orders have been challenged. United Nation treaties have been left ungratified. So, what do you do when facing unrelenting opposition? You change tactics and make it about the children.
When he promoted the advancement of smart gun technology, which would pair a firearm to a single user via a variety of biomechanical or other smart keys, it was touted as a means of addressing accidental shootings by children and teen suicide – incidents most often committed with parents’ firearms. Of course, it is hard to argue with anything which protects children and many anti-gun lobbyists joined the fight and urged firearms manufacturers to get on board as well.
Gun makers did not object but, like any corporation, understood that their main business is not making firearms but making money for their stock holders. When it comes to making money on smart guns, there are two things standing in the way – a need for additional, expensive research and the lack of a viable market. Ask any CEO who promoted the 10mm or .45 GAP how important it is to make sure someone will actually buy your product before sinking millions into its development.
Faced with yet another failed gun control promise, President Obama set about creating the market manufacturers need. No, he is not going door to door or setting up a booth at your favorite sporting goods store. He is using his favorite weapons – a pen and a phone. Through Executive Order he has directed the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense to outline what would be required to make smart technology a part of future federal contracts to procure firearms.
While I doubt that smart guns will find their way into a military or law enforcement arsenal any time soon – the technology is not yet capable of guaranteeing they will go bang when needed – it will take years to prove that beyond a doubt. By then, the end product will be capable of mass production and there we will be one step closer to the real goal – mandatory use by the civilian population. It would appear the President has another favorite weapon- the back door.
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