Following the example that an iPhone can be unlocked using a fingerprint, guns could soon be sporting the same level of technology, ensuring that only its registered user could operate it. Additionally, the guns could be rendered "inoperable if they approached electronic markers ? for instance, near a school."
[...] the Violence Policy Center worries that smart guns will increase the number of firearm owners, because marketing that touts safety could sway those previously opposed to guns to make their first purchase.
We are very skeptical of what this technology can accomplish, said Josh Sugarmann, the organization?s executive director. You?re really affecting a very small portion of the gun-buying public.
Proponents of smart guns dispute the criticism. They point to studies that hint at potentially significant reductions in gun deaths, particularly high-profile ones among children. In 2010, children under 18 accounted for 98 of the 606 unintentional or accidental firearm deaths in the United States. A smart gun, proponents say, could prevent those deaths.
As for school shootings, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in 2003 analyzing firearms used by students in 323 school-related shootings found that 37 percent of the guns came from the shooter?s home and 23 percent from a friend or relative. A smart gun could prevent those deaths, too, advocates say.
These guns are not going to rescue us from the 32,000 gun deaths a year, Teret said, but they are going to materially reduce gun deaths in the United States.
|3D Systems Introduces Affordable 3D Printers|
|A new bus for London|
|Space Exploration Will Be Quite Unlike Anything Seen Before|
|"90% of British civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by robots."|
|“The use of AI assistants may dramatically accelerate and broaden what might be looked back on as a global period of cognitive decline.”|
|“These planets are more likely to look like giant eyeballs whose gaze is forever fixed on their host star.”|
|Fake Name Generator|
|“A new privacy scandal that’s getting far less attention.”|
|“This allows rail operators to instead focus on deeper psychological manipulation.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“Every human being on this planet will be completely redundant within a decade.”|
|Knowing how to operate a smartphone does not qualify as being tech savvy.|
|Amateur-Built Electric Car Going After Record Set by Tesla|
|When the Wrong Hastag Can Get You Killed by an Assassination Drone|