With the 2020 elections approaching, Democrats, and some Republicans, are waxing hysterical once again. To nobody's surprise, the rights of American gun owners are among their most prominent whipping boys. Of course, that includes trotting out a dozen threadbare, already discredited memes, as well as one of the dumbest ideas anyone's proposed since the invention of firearms; the smart gun. Even Creepy 'N' Clueless Joe, a man that I seriously doubt is able to put his shoes on the right feet without a diagram, has tried it on. So, what's wrong with smart guns? Let me count the ways.
I'll begin with the obvious. Anyone who owns a firearm for self defense, be it a police officer, a civilian concealed carry license holder, a homeowner, even someone who's job or other pursuits takes them into the wilderness, requires a defensive weapon that is as reliable as it is humanly possible to make it. It has to go bang whenever its owner needs it to, no excuses. Anything which adds a level of complexity to that process, and therefore another thing that can go horribly wrong, is a bad idea.
Proponents argue that the technology will prevent unauthorized use of firearms. The idea is that if a criminal or mentally unstable person gets control of a weapon, they won't be able to use it. On it's face, that may be true, but it's a simple and naive view.
I am, and have always been, unafraid to voice my opinions. In fact I believe everyone needs to vent now and then, and we all have a God given right to do so. I despise willful ignorance and intellectual dishonesty, and take a perhaps perverse pleasure in puncturing the politically correct proclamations of those who have anointed themselves as our betters. I could be described as a contrarian and a bit of a curmudgeon, having now reached an age at which those labels no longer sound odd. Not everything I'll address here will be controversial. In fact, I would rather keep that sort of thing somewhat limited (and it should surprise no one that I probably won't succeed in doing so). We already have our fill of whining talking heads on the 'net. However, if you are easily offended or thin skinned, you might want to skip this blog. You have been warned.