It’s rare that I agree with S.E. Cupp on anything concerning politics or public policy but her views on Smart Gun Technology are true. It’s not that Smart Guns are a dumb idea but it shifts more of the responsibility and cost of ownership to people who either enjoy shooting and putting ammo down range or for use in self-defense. Smart Guns are extremely expensive making it harder for folks to purchase guns for recreation or personal safety. In addition, registering guns with a local federal firearms license dealer (FFL) doesn’t tackle the real problem which is mental health issues. So the public policy paradigm for the importance of Smart Gun technology as an antidote for gun control misses the mark.
However, the major concern not addressed by S.E. Cupp is the overall reliability of this technology when your life is threatened by an assailant. All the concepts I am aware of are battery operated. I don’t know about you but how many times have you relied on something battery operated and it failed to function. If it’s a flashlight or cell phone with a dead battery that’s one thing but I can assure you in the case of home defense the least of your concerns should center on if the battery is charged in your gun. What is the default if the battery dies? Does the gun revert to a mode where the owner can use it without “smart mode” allowing the gun to fire? If “smart mode” is inactive and the weapon misfires who is liable for any accidental discharges from the weapon, the Smart Gun owner or the manufacturer? Lastly, what if the technology required to operate the weapon fails similar to a laptop that mysteriously freezes or the sound of the GPS lady saying, "Re-routing" when you know you are heading in the right direction. This can lead to a plethora of liability lawsuits against the manufacturer and puts an enormous burden on the gun owner when faced with the question of how reliable the weapon is when it is needed the most.
I have shot many revolvers and semi-automatic weapons of various shapes and sizes. Ideally, a weapon with the least amount of mechanisms that requires the least amount of training makes for a better weapon for home defense. But that’s an entirely different conversation. Even so, computer chips in firearms doesn’t sound smart. Personally, I am fond of the Ruger New Model Blackhawk single-action .45 caliber, batteries not included.