smart guns

VICE takes a look into it:

I haven’t watched this yet, it’s 45 min long and I’m 5 episodes deep into Temptation Island season 2 at the new crib right now… so it’s going to have to wait.  Gonna knock another one of those out before bed so I’ll watch this sometime tomorrow.   Judging by the comments, it looks like a doozie.  I sure hope it’s some new info / footage, because I did watch about 5 minutes of it, and it showed a lot of footage I’ve already seen in previous VICE videos from years back.

So far all of the “smart” guns have been pretty bad.  It’s just not a simple problem to solve considering all the external factors, and the fact it needs to work 100% of the time.

UPDATE: Classic VICE… this is all repackaged old footage. For the culture I realized it was my duty to multitask watching it while watching Temptation Island 2.


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18 year old Kai Kloepfer has a dream:

Kai is using the $50,000 grant he received from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation to integrate a biometric fingerprint sensor onto a live firearm. This gun would prevent unauthorized users from firing the weapon, reducing accidental injury and death, and keeping homes across America safer.

1:11 – That’s nice they actually included the gun store owner saying he wasn’t too fond of the concept.  You don’t often see both viewpoints being shown.

4:08 – Military applications?  Huh why?  I like that this kid is asking questions anyway… that’s how you learn.

3…..2…….1…… ah there it is –> 5:51 – “At this point even one.  Because I don’t want to have anyone to have to go to places like this to remember loved ones.”

Kai-Kloepfer-Smart-GunsI really like Kai’s optimism, but I don’t see this particular fingerprint technology being a viable solution.   I think someday there might be a solution we can all be happy with, and I think it’s great people are working on it.  The market will decide which solution is the right one.   Oh actually… maybe the government will just decide for us, whenever they feel like it.  That seems to be how it works sometime.

Thoughts?  If nothing else, Kai can now tell girls “Google me” when they ask what’s he’s about.  That’s the ultimate flex when you’re not even finished high school yet.


No NO NOOOOOOO!  Ugh, what happened to the good old days where you could shoot a dog or pistol whip someone without an app or smart hardware snitching on you?   Just jokes guys… you know I love all you LEOs long time.

Associated Press on the technology:

I have a feeling most people in the line of duty would prefer not to have something like this, but I could be wrong. I say this because RARELY do they find themselves on the “other side” of the law (for better or for worse). Sure it happens in instances of gross negligence, but it’s no surprise that the smaller cases with less damning evidence easily seem to disappear.   Sounds like this technology isn’t providing all that much previously unknown data besides GPS coordinates, the number of shots fired, and the direction of shots at those coordinates. Who knows what story that could tell though? If you don’t have recorded HD Camera footage (at the very minimum… but really is one angle even enough?) to back it up, the shot “evidence” is still really up for interpretation because you have no idea what the party who the officer was shooting at was doing. To me this is the biggest flaw, and the main reason I don’t want to see police departments bogged down with crap like this. At the end of the day they are doing a job… a job where I like to think most of them are great people who live by their oath. If you start wanting to use technology to throw them under the bus that’s not going to go over well.

Oprah-You-Get-A-GunI’ve watched enough movies to know internal affairs would be so far up an officer’s ass if they thought there was any wrongdoing, it would take a tactical Hercules to pull them out.