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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.)

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 814

Even as you read this, you are wishing that you could jam a gun in my face and make me back down.

You seem to be incredibly confident in your ability to raise an emotional reaction out of your copying and pasting.

Oh, and because one or two people are deranged idiots, doesn't mean that all gun owners are. The biggest problem that gun rights advocates have with the gun control advocates is that most of the gun control advocates don't just hate guns, but hate people that don't hate guns.

Your post reads like that.

I've seen commentary like his many, many, many times. It's actually quite disturbing and makes me wonder about the violent ideation of the speaker. I suspect that it is actually they who have these violent fantasies they ascribe to others. Further, their desire to remove guns universally is because they know they cannot be trusted with such a device.

Comment Duh (Score 3, Interesting) 814

They are a stupid fucking idea that are the answer to a question nobody asked. Well nobody other than those who ultimately wish to take all guns from people not employed by the government.

For those who think I'm wrong and that these should be mandatory, why don't you go lobby the government (at any level from local to federal) and have some of these technologies mandated for LEO fire arms use. Report back with your results.

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