What’s Your Vulnerability Index With A Smart Gun?

SmartGunError-298522_200x200Smart gun entrepreneurs have found that applying delicate smartphone tech onto rugged steel and polymer weapons, and making it work in harsh environments, is harder than writing an Angry Birds app. Despite threats from the federal government under Bill Clinton, state legislative mandates and even Silicon Valley investments, there is currently no reliable, affordable smart gun—after 30 years of trying.

Failing to persuade consumers into desiring smart guns, the Obama administration is now trying a new tactic; they want to force the Department of Defense to buy smart guns. They have asked the DOD to set standards and come up with a timetable for adoption. They hope that using the massive purchasing power of the federal government will “change the gun culture,” and that the military’s adoption will spur consumer interest.

In other words, to achieve its political ends, the administration wants to impose a new, unreliable, unproven, expensive technology onto those whose lives depend upon functioning firearms.

This is like testing a brand-new laptop computer by bolting it into the space shuttle. Check that; it’s more like bolting it onto the space shuttle.

Firearms were the first high-tech industry. (Beretta, the oldest continually operating company in the world, has an invoice to the city of Venice for cannon barrels from the 16th century.) Today’s guns are the product of centuries of development in design, materials science, engineering, tooling, propellants and metallurgy. They operate reliably in extreme heat or cold, in sand, mud, even after being submerged. They can be dropped, sat on, stepped on and bled on, and they still function. They can sit for years and, with a touch of maintenance, will operate perfectly. They have a useful lifespan measured in decades, if not centuries.

Now, let’s consider smart phones, the technology that inspires favorable comparisons from smart gun promoters. My iPhone is such a wonder of technology, its battery exhausts itself just trying to make it to lunch. If I drop it in water, I have to take it apart and let it dry; In fact, if a drop of water even falls on the screen, it goes into a coma. Its touch-ID technology is ideal under ideal conditions, but it doesn’t work if my thumb has even a smidge of grime on it. If I wash my hands, it won’t work because my thumb is now moist. It won’t even work if my thumb is wrinkled from the shower.

Lets brainstorm a sequel to “Lone Survivor.” Set in the year 2024, we have chosen to give the SEALs smart guns. As usual, we’ll give the SEALs 100 basis points for their VX, and add or subtract points as they become more, or less, vulnerable. Please, be considerate and silence your cell phones:

  • The SEALS spend days hiking from the LZ to their objective. Along the way, their smart gun batteries die. So do they. (+1,000 pts.)
  • The SEALS wear gloves, defeating fingerprint or palmprint ID. Their guns don’t work. They die. (+1,000 pts.)
  • A SEAL stumbles while scrambling over a goat path at 7,000 feet. His smart gun bumps a rock and knocks a circuit loose. It dies. He dies. (+1,000 pts.)
  • A SEAL is wounded in a gun fight. He has blood on his shooting hand, impairing his smart gun connection. It fails. He dies. (+1,000 pts.)
  • Wounded in his strong hand, a SEAL has to shoot with with his weak hand. Unfortunately, the smart watch on his strong wrist, which enables his smart gun, is also weak. He dies. (+1,000 pts.)
  • One SEAL picks up the smart gun of another SEAL when he goes down, but the smart gun doesn’t know him. He goes down, too. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We set “Lone Survivor II” in sub-Saharan Africa, but the smart guns got too hot. The SEALS all died. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We returned to Afghanistan, but it snowed. The smart guns got some condensation in them. The SEALS all died. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We set it anywhere, but it turns out it rains most places. The smart guns took a nap. The SEALS died again. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We fed the above scenarios into the VX supercomputer, and substituted “hesitated” for “died” when referring to smart gun fails. The SEALs still died.
  • On the upside, we could think of no scenario where an ISIS, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab or other bad guy picked up a SEAL’s smart gun and shot him with it. (-1 pt.) So, you can’t say we haven’t been fair.

But we also couldn’t think of a scenario where the SEALs’ situation was made better by making their already smart gun more like their smart phones. So, tell us, Mr. Obama, are you really willing to risk our servicemen’s lives by dumbing down their guns?  Yes? Fuck You!

SOURCE – americas1stfreedom.org

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