Make guns smart
(CNN) -- Voices across the political spectrum are debating how to prevent mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut. Familiar ideological lines are being redrawn. Some want to renew the ban on assault weapons and expand waiting periods to buy a gun. Others want to place armed guards in schools. And then there is the challenge of preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill.
While the debate rages on, it's worth thinking out of the box for a moment. What if we could design guns to be smarter and safer -- with hardware and software? The right technology could neutralize the killing capability of an assault weapon, even in a madman's hands.I'm sorry, Jeremy Shane, I missed where you were an expert in small arms manufacture. Talking to Wally, the idea that any electronic-based software would survive pretty much any rifle brought big guffaws of laughter. He advocates the same tired BS that has been mentioned time and again by people with absolutely NO knowledge of firearms: GPS positioning, "smart guns", etc. Hell, we've had purely analog scopes for hundreds of years and those require frequent recalibration.
And then, of course, there's the very simple matter that there are millions of guns already in existence. Do we simply take these away? Give gift cards? Good luck with that. Coming out with brand new "smart guns" - even if they functioned flawlessly for thousands of rounds - isn't going to change the fact that millions of "dumb" guns are already out there looking to do what you want.
Look, I applaud the concept. If you could hand me a Star Trek phaser that I could use to instantaneously stun a bad guy unconscious with no ill effects I would never carry a handgun again. The problem is, we DON'T have this technology, and pushing it as some sort of "fix" is disingenous at best, and pure evil at worst - I can easily see the availability of a "smart" gun as the impetus for a ban and confiscation.
Again, though, we ignore the real problem and come up with these farcical solutions. All of the recent shootings have been carried out by young men with mental health issues. The weapon used in the shootings is secondary; we need to get to the root of why all these young men decided that mass murder was the way to go. Even waving the magic wand and taking guns out completely, we had 87 people killed at the Happyland Nightclub in NYC in 1990. The tools change, the unstable people looking to harm others doesn't.
Smart guns do not exist, are not the solution, and anyone who proposes them is either a simpleton or a liar.
That is all.