Could “Smart Gun Technology” Have Prevented The Newtown Shootings?


“Smart gun technology” could have prevented the Newtown, Ct., school shootings, David Shuster writes on Huffington Post. A computer microchip measures the bio-metric details of the person attempting to activate the product. If the details match the rightful owner, the device is “enabled.” If the details don’t match, the device will not work. The most reliable technology uses a grip recognition system. There are 16 digital sensor chips embedded in the handle. The computerized sensors capture the unique pattern and pressure of your grip and the specific size of your hand. If someone else tries to use the gun, the information will not match the stored pattern of the gun owner’s and the weapon will not fire.

Shuster contends that the National Rifle Association has blocked efforts to use such technology, in part because they would make guns costlier to produce and purchase. He says the best argument against smart gun technology is a logistical one. It could prevent a homeowner who wrestles away an intruder’s gun from firing it back at them. Such MacGyver-like situations are exceedingly rare. As many as 15 percent of guns used in home invasions, robberies and mass shootings are weapons that have been stolen.

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