Not So Smart Gun

A Facebook friend brought this bit of tech to my attention.

The Armatix Smart System includes a watch and a gun, and the firearm will only work when it is within RFID range of the user’s watch. (Credit: Armatix).

 

Interesting? Sure, but I wouldn’t have one. Really, it brings up more questions than answers.

First off, I want to know what happens when the batteries die. Does the system lock up making your firearm a fancy looking club? What if there is some kind of interference?

And what is the range on that RFID? Anti-gun types often like to trot out the idea that a criminal will just take your gun and use it against you. I would assume that anyone that was close enough to snag your heater would still be within RFID range. Or is the range so short that I would have to be wearing the watch on the hand I was using to shoot the gun? I wear my watch on my left hand and generally shoot right-handed although I can shoot left-handed as well. What happens if I need to use the opposite hand?

I suppose if it works exactly as advertised, it would add a bit of security in the situation of a stolen gun, but that only lasts as long as it takes to hack the thing.

Or maybe it’s supposed to provide peace of mind when you leave a loaded gun on your nightstand. Bet Kendra St. Clair’s mom is glad she wasn’t using one of these. You can’t substitute technology for training. Teach your children to be safe around guns, and take the necessary precautions that fit your situation. No matter what 20/20 says, you probably know best how to keep your children safe. There is no one size fits all.

And finally, putting this technology out there does nothing to prevent crime of any sort. It’s just another marketing gimmick to separate naïve people from their money. Worse than that, it’s another place for some gung-ho legislator to hang their pet cause. Even if this worked perfectly, you can’t snap your fingers and make every firearm out there complaint any more than you can make all the icky guns disappear with a signature.

I wouldn’t want to live in a world where you could. You see, the world would be a far, far scarier place without firearms. Eliminating them would only serve to cripple the weak. Brute force would win the day. I do not want to live in a world where the most vulnerable among us are deprived of an equalizer against those bent on violence. You have to wonder about the true motivations of those calling for just that.

I Do So Love a Happy Ending

Man pulls gun on lady. Lady phones a friend. Man attempts to rob salon. Gets a beat down and finds himself naked and locked out of the salon looking like this

perp

That’s right. That’s how we roll in Oklahoma.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

*breathe*

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Read the story over at Kevin’s place. Looks like one of the intended victims had an ‘Awe hell no’ moment.

Quote of the Day

Ok, I’m actually stealing borrowing Daddy Bear’s quote of the day

It isn’t the weapon that’s the dangerous part of any equation.  It’s the person holding it.

I am not dangerous because I carry a gun.  Not to the standard, every-day, law-abiding schmuck.

I am dangerous to those who think that I am prey.  Because I am not, and have never been.

–Heroditus Huxley, “It’s Not The Weapon

Which goes right along with Tam’s conversation with a polite anti.

You see, I, and many others like me, pose no danger to anyone. Gun or no gun. In fact, I have never had cause to use my firearm against anyone. (Arguably, the wind did a little brandishing for me once.)

I will not hesitate to answer violence with violence, but I will never be the one to introduce it. Back in my daycare years, I did black an eye, possibly break a nose, and introduce a boy’s groin to my knee, but that was after he broke the little finger on my left hand. You introduce the violence; I am not inclined to fight fair. Thankfully, teachers were still allowed to apply common sense back then, and all I got out of the incident was sympathy, an ice pack, and a call to my parents so I could get medical attention. He got in trouble. My finger is still crooked, but he never messed with me again.

I carry a firearm because it is the most effective means of stopping violence, not to inflict it. I am not naive enough to believe that I could still answer an attack the way I could on the playground so many years ago. The bad guys and bullies are much bigger now. And there aren’t any teachers ready to intervene.

 

Boredom

When I was a kid, the phrase “I’m bored” wasn’t a wise one to use around the house. For you see, there was always laundry to do, weeds to pull, floors to sweep or vacuum. Didn’t take much of that to figure out that I could find some form of entertainment. Books trump chores any day. Bike rides are far more interesting than dusting.

And yet, in all my efforts in addressing boredom, never once did if occur to me to commit murder. I suppose I had every opportunity to do so, but no.That’s not to say I didn’t get into plenty of mischief, but nothing that could have resulted in a felony charge. Although, it’s not even the threat of punishment that has ever kept murder off my mind. You could strike every law from the books and I would still find the idea of taking human life absolutely abhorrent. Thing is, that doesn’t make me special. I would imagine that the majority of people feel the same way.

Except for those that do not. The senseless murder of Christopher Lane is a grim reminder that there is evil out there. Those three young men are devoid of humanity and are a prime example as to why I carry a gun. No, I am absolutely not saying that Mr. Lane would be alive today if he had been. Honestly, it probably wouldn’t have changed anything. What I am saying is that evil is real and must be resisted at every opportunity. This serves as a reminder that there are monsters among us, and they are dressed in human skin.

Vigilantes!

Kevin over at The Smallest Minority brings us the story of a pair of young men that took the law into their own hands and followed a suspected criminal.

Temar

Temar Boggs and a friend didn’t wait for police but instead followed the suspicious vehicle for 15 minutes. Finally intimidating the suspect enough that he let the little girl that he had abducted go.

Jocelyn

Wannabe cop? Vigilante?

Or hero?

hero

Good job, Temar. In a just world, you’d be the one people were comparing to their own sons.

Enough. You Are Not Trayvon Martin

You are not defined by the color of your skin nor by the actions of anyone that may or may not look like you. You are an individual capable of your own decisions, as was this young man on that fateful night.

His history of violence, drug use, and illegal activity is not yours. His decisions belong to him and him alone. I reject the idea that anyone else is interchangeable with Trayvon Martin. I refuse to believe the character of this young man reflects the character of all the young men in the black community. That would be racist.

I will not paint anyone with a brush dipped in his character. I do not wish to live in a world colored in that way. I cannot change what is in anyone else’s heart, but I can determine my own. I reject the idea that the actions of one person define a community.

If it is true that the verdict rendered declared open season on young black men, then I encourage all law abiding young black men to arm themselves. Learn the laws of legal self defense and protect yourself. Don’t become the aggressor and perpetuate the violence. Instead, be the protector of yourself and your loved ones. Your life has value. Anyone who wishes to take it from you has forfeited their own.

I do not wish violence on anyone, but I do believe everyone should have means to answer it if it is visited upon them.

Will Justice be Done in the Zimmerman Trial?

As I write these words, Judge Nelson is instructing the jury on the law and how they are to proceed. We’ve heard all the evidence, the testimony of the witnesses, and the theory of the events as presented by both the state and the defense.

I’ve been following the coverage as presented at Legal Insurrection and listening to the live feeds with no commentary.  I feel very strongly that George Zimmerman is not guilty of the charges he has been accused of given the evidence and testimony presented. But I am not on the jury and would have been dismissed immediately had I been called since I have been following the case for some time. I do not believe the state proved their position beyond a reasonable doubt.

The question now is what the jury believes. Were they moved by the dramatic and emotional closing statements made by the state? Or were they convinced by defense’s orderly summary of the evidence and testimony presented in the trial? Only time will tell.

I don’t envy the jurors now in the deliberation room attempting to come to a consensus. To render a verdict of either Guilty or Not Guilty, they must all be in agreement. I pray for sound minds and clear heads.

Bracing for Riots or Celebrations in Zimmerman

via Weerd

Regardless of what the jury decides, George Zimmerman’s life has been forever changed. Even if he is found not guilty, he will never again be a free man. The media branded him a racist and spun the story. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson prepared the pyre and stake before the body was even cold. They are out for blood, not justice.

And they will get it too. It doesn’t matter that the blood will be from innocent bystanders injured or killed in the inevitable riots or celebrations (Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference). All that matters is propping up the rotting equine known as racism so they can claim continued relevance.

Zimmerman didn’t throw back the curtain on any inherent racism in the community. Race-baiters manufactured it with the gleeful assistance of the media. Sensationalism at the expense of justice.

Trayvon Martin didn’t have to die that night. It was his decisions, not his skin color, that sealed his fate.