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12/04/2003 Archived Entry: "Smart guns = radio-frequency control?"
FOLLOWING UP ON YESTERDAY'S "SMART GUN" POST, The Rocket Scientist writes:
In my opinion, the razzle dazzle with 'Smart Guns' is all about RF [radio frequency] control. Most of the current schemes (electronic) for ensuring that only the legit owner of the 'smart gun' can fire it can very easily be shut down via RF.....
Me, I want my guns dumb.....simple mechanically....no or very little electronics.
Aside from all the many glitches that could suddenly make a "smart gun" too dumb to fire (malfunctioning electronics, a change in your grip, a guest in your house needing to use your gun to defend against a criminal), he's got a point. Nothing would please many police more than to be able to selectively (or even not-so-selectively) shut down your firearms.
A big amen to The Rocket Scientist's latter point, too.
Now check out this report from former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr if you have any doubt about how far government is willing to go in its electronic intrusions. Nothing to do with guns. Everything to do with privacy -- that other mainstay of freedom.
Posted by Claire @ 12:19 PM CST