It seems like nothing is safe from smartification these days, not even guns. President Obama renewed everyone’s interest in smart guns on Monday with a memorandum titled Promoting Smart Gun Technology, which goes into detail about the new measures his administration wants to take in order to curb gun violence in the United States. What separates these measures from the other attempts by the left to curb gun violence is that, rather than handle the situation through laws and regulations, these measures will try to do it through technology.
President Barack Obama unveiled on Monday new measures to limit the scourge of gun violence in the United States, and indicated that his administration will champion technological advances to help limit the damage caused by guns in America. In a memorandum titled “Promoting Smart Gun Technology,” uploaded to the White House website on Monday, Obama writes: “The Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security (departments) shall, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology that would reduce the frequency of accidental discharge or unauthorized use of firearms, and improve the tracing of lost or stolen guns.” Some of that “gun safety technology” could limit the threat of children obtaining and accidentally firing guns. Guns that recognize fingerprints and radio-frequency identification to track guns are other options. “If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure they can’t pull a trigger on a gun,” Obama said.