When Stolen Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Stolen Guns
Every time you think gun nuts can't possibly get any nuttier, they do.
Armatix, a German company, has developed a “smart gun” that can only be fired by the person who owns the gun. As the linked article describes it, “the company uses a watch that ties the owner to the weapon, called the iP1.” These smart guns are already being sold in parts of Europe and Asia, and the company has tried marketing them in the U.S. It's not going well.
What could possibly be the downside here? I didn't know gun owners were anxious to give their weapons away, or have them used after they've been stolen. Belinda Padilla, CEO of the U.S. division of Armatix, described the threats and harassment she's been getting from gun fanatics:
“It began with a few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers.”
After that, photos of her home were posted online:
“In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. ‘Belinda?’ ‘Is that you?’”
The Oak Tree Gun Club in southern California was ready to start selling these Armatix smart guns, but then some people at Calguns,.net, an online forum for gun enthusiasts, found out about this and started making threats. One of the more intelligent specimens at Calguns.net commented:
“I have no qualms with the idea of personally and professionally leveling the life of someone who has attempted to profit from disarming me and my fellow Americans.”
The Oak Tree Gun Club buckled under. Not only are there no Armatix smart guns for sale at the club; the Oak Tree Gun Club is now pretending that they never had these smart guns on their premises in the first place.
Belinda Padilla said:
“Right now, unfortunately, these organizations that are scaring everybody have the power. All we’re doing is providing extra levels of safety to your individual right to bear arms. And if you don’t want our gun, don’t buy it. It’s not for everyone...If they really understood our technology, they wouldn’t be afraid of it at all.”
The NRA's new expanded slogan is: You can take my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands. And then, hey, knock yourself out.