I.T. Security and Linux Administration

May 30 2013   7:03PM GMT

Smart…guns…?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

There’s a crowdfunding project here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fund-safe-guns that is for the creation of smart gun development.  Basically, the government’s new proposed gun control method is bio-metrics on guns.

I’m not going into politics or my point of view on gun control, but I don’t see how this is going to make things better.  The idea itself is interesting and better than RFID (I can’t see someone having to wave a RFID card at their gun to fire), but it doesn’t solve the issue of who fired the bullet.  It only reduces the chance of the gun being used by someone other than its owner.

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  • TomLiotta
    True, but these are the kinds of things that might protect children from accidental gun shots. Guns present different problems in different circumstances. There is some potential benefit to solving the different problems by specific solutions even if other problems remain open. What's the value in saving an innocent child? (Yeah, it's a guilt-trip kind of question; but it should be asked if bio-mechanics or bio-metrics can be effective.) -- Tom
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  • Eric Hansen
    I agree, but its not going to protect people (for long). There's a lot more "hackers" out there that will reverse engineer the technology if it comes down to it. I mean, China has a whole division in their military devoted to doing nothing but hacking.
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  • TomLiotta
    For the problem of accidental child deaths, hackers are effectively irrelevant. During the past year, a couple incidents around Puget Sound involved a child finding a household gun and killing themselves or a sibling. The kids were approximately in the kindergarden range. There seems no rational possibility of hackers having any effect for this problem (which is only one of all problems needing solutions around guns). -- Tom
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  • philpl1jb
    Isn't there simplier ways to require larger hands and stronger grip.
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    I'd agree with Tom here - this certainly doesn't solve all gun-related issues, but no proposed solutions do. If there is something that might help to reduce the number of accidental gun firings, it seems worth a try. 
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