When anti-gun politicians realize they can’t get rid of our guns, they turn to other measures to make them harder to use. Some states require guns to have trigger locks on them and to be stored in a locked gun safe. I’ve always contended that this makes guns completely useless for home protection. Can you imagine trying to convince an intruder to stand there and wait while you unlock the gun safe, unlock the trigger lock and then load and cock your gun? By that time you’re dead.
Now, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey has proposed The Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2014. If passed, the act would require all handguns manufactured in 2016 and beyond to have personalization technology built into it that would render the gun inoperable to anyone other than the owner. It would also require anyone selling a handgun to have it retrofitted with the personalization technology which would be paid for by a special fund of the Department of Justice.
What some refer to as smart gun technology may not sound all that bad to many people; they fail to realize that the technology is not fully reliable at the moment. The National Rifle Association has said that they are not totally against the idea of smart gun technology, but they are opposed to the bill that Sen. Markey has introduced. They issued a statement saying:
“[The] NRA recognizes that the ‘smart guns’ issue clearly has the potential to mesh with the anti-gunner’s agenda, opening the door to a ban on all guns that do not possess the government-required technology.”
Additionally, some groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation believe that the technology would lure people into a false sense of security saying:
“It can actually encourage people to leave loaded firearms accessible, relying upon the technology which can fail at the most inopportune time.”
What’s so bad about leaving guns loaded in a person’s home? I’ve always had loaded guns in the home as did my parents. From my earliest childhood memories, I knew where the loaded guns were kept in the house and I was taught how to use them by the age of 4. But I was also taught to respect them and never to play with them. The problem is that parents today are not like the parents of my generation. They can’t be bothered in today’s hectic world to spend the time teaching and training their children things like respect, honor and obedience.
The problem with gun accidents in the home is not due to having loaded guns lying around, but has everything to do with parenting. I’m a living example of that and so are my daughters. They grew up with knowing there were loaded guns in the house and they grew up knowing that they were not to be touched or played with. I’m against smart gun technology, trigger locks and gun safes. I’m for keeping a loaded gun handy just in case anyone breaks in. So if I had the opportunity to confront Sen. Markey, I would ask him what he intends to do about the parenting issue that leads to gun accidents in the home.