May 17, 2016
It’s impossible, in this day and age, to pick up a stranger’s password-protected mobile phone and send a text. It’s easy to steal anyone’s gun and fire away … So President Barack Obama wants the government to assist in the development of smart-gun technology, which has the potential to reduce the number of preventable deaths. – Bloomberg
Obama’s is trying to control guns again. And this is the proximate cause for articles like this Bloomberg opinion piece about how necessary it is to stop gun violence by any means necessary.
But the larger issue is one that is not often pointed out.
It is actually quite unbelievable that this incessant effort to make guns more difficult to use is entirely motivated by well-meaning individuals who want to protect our loved ones from deadly weapons.
Anyone who has had even occasional interactions with US governments at state or federal levels – especially on the East or West coasts – is well aware of the bureaucratic rigidity.
Whether it is the prosecution of military conflict around the world, the imposition of questionable taxes domestically, adult sentences for juveniles or prisoners placed in solitary confinement for years or decades, the vast scope of the US empire renders it essentially uncaring.
It is hard to conceive of bureaucracies being caring anyway. Cultures tend to be caring, but not sociopolitical entities.
Nonetheless, this Bloomberg article makes the argument that gun legislation is being promoted entirely out of caring and concern.
The need is great. At least 278 children unintentionally killed or injured someone with a gun last year, and at least 84 have done so already in 2016. Additional suicides and murders have been committed by people using guns that did not belong to them.
This effort could soon move beyond courts and legislation. All that stands in the way for now is the California federal appeals court ruling.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the California federal appeals court will rule at any moment “on whether states can force firearm manufacturers to incorporate safety devices in their products.”
If it makes a favorable ruling to states, then expect to see a surge of gun control technology that will make it more and more difficult to operate guns.
States – pursuant to the ruling – could mandate that one has to wear a ring that facilitates the firing of a gun at close proximity. No ring, no operation.