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How Loud Does Money Talk?

Monday, May 02, 2016 — We couldn’t help but wonder why President Obama only provided cursory comment Friday when he announced his “plans” for reducing gun violence. Lacking specifics and only saying that he ordered three agencies to develop how to institute things such as smart gun technology and address mental health issues, he wants to provide research money for smart gun development such as fingerprinting technology and to use some military and police under his control for testing.

On the surface there’s nothing wrong with that. But it turns out that among the initial suitors being considered for smart gun technology dollars is Beretta. The company is fiercely fighting the competition right now to replace the military’s standard sidearm, a category they’ve held exclusively for decades. And that, too, is okay, except for the sneaking suspicion that chips are likely to be imbedded in any production smart gun that will include GPS locators to monitor private citizen gun owners. Excuse us for being overly suspicious but we’d be willing to bet that such chips are the technical cousin of lost or stolen reportage requirements. In essence, government wants to know who owns your guns, where you live, and are depending on smart gun technology to tell them.

Both the NRA and the NSSF have made pronouncements regarding smart guns. They’ve said they’re not against smart guns, they just don’t want them mandated, i.e., required that smart guns take the place of the mechanical versions we’ve all collected for generations. That’s gun control wrapped in dollar bill packaging and we wonder just which gun makers will fall for the ruse. Will manufacturers be so anxious to test the taste of currency that they’ll eventually supply the marketing of smart guns to replace dumb guns? Just how loud does money talk within the firearms industry?

Making money is the American way but when that includes collusion – known or unknown – with a governmental gun control mentality, we’d rather settle for a large dose of peace and quiet.

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