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Comment Re:Living in California... (Score 1) 262

I'd love the police to just be able to scan vehicles to see which are active, which plates do not match vehicles and which vehicles have insurance. We are plagued by people who do not have valid registrations, borrow or steal plates and have no insurance. Bust 'em on the spot.

Yeah... this works until people realise they can just clone numberplates. It's pretty easy to see a car identical to your own, copy the license plate, and get a new one made. You get to drive round with impunity, while the poor sap who you copied the numberplates off gets all your speed and red light camera tickets.

They introduced a new law in the UK to try to get around this... it's now illegal to make your own numberplates, and you must supply ID to people who make them for you. Of course, this only inconveniences people following the law. People cloning numberplates just buy perspex and do make their own, since they are so easy to make exactly the same as legal ones.

I look forward to the day when they ban yellow perspex.

Comment Re:Also (Score 1) 814

It could lead to LESS safety with guns. So with a smart gun people could say "I don't have to worry, it is a smart gun!" and not handle it as safely.

The huge increase in negligent discharges amongst law enforcement following the introduction of Glocks and other handguns lacking a manually operated safety tends to support your supposition. Clearly they had relied in the position of the safety rather than proper handling. (Which explains those going from 1911 to Glock. Did departments going from S&W and other revolvers experience this same increase in NDs?)

Comment Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

Maryland is very close to the situation you describe as your ideal. On paper. The rules are in place for most of what you cite. However, due to prosecutorial discretion, Baltimore City (and some of the urban environs of PGC and MoCo) has one of the worst gun homicide rates in the nation. These crimes are almost invariably committed by recidivist criminals who should have been off the streets years prior for years longer.

The weird thing is during our legislative session this year, we heard from the mayor and the head of the state police and some activists about how we need more gun laws. The only people mentioning the need to enforce laws on the books were the pro gun types. And I guarantee that during elections next year, we will not hear the mayor, the governor, or the head of the state police argue against the re-election of state's attorneys based on them pleaing out gun charges in the past.

TL;dr: Great idea, political assholes will screw it up.

Comment Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

Perfect justification for my suggestion elsewhere: let law enforcement go first. Quite frankly, those statistics are an embarrassment and should be the first evidence to show that exceptions for LEOs should NOT exist in various pieces of gun legislation.

Comment Re:Stupid 2 (Score 1) 814

Interesting viewpoint and way at looking at the debates. I would tend to phrase it more along the lines of "to what degree are life and the increased chance of safety more important than what amount of liberty?" but even that phrasing could, I admit, be starting the debate, not 'just' framing it.

Comment Re:Personal firearms != personal liberties (Score 1) 814

Your little personal firearms don't stand a chance against the military or even the police really.

Perhaps, but seeing as how we live on the same soil, they would work just fine against the soldiers' wives and cops' kids.

(And no, I'm not suggesting this. Myself and almost everyone in my social groups are at risk of being the victims in this scenario.)

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