Mossberg seems to have purged AR-15s from their website. I am still awaiting comment from Mossberg, but they have quietly pulled every AR-15 model down from their website. Everything AR-15 related is gone. The only auto-loading rifles that remain are the old school .22s.
Why cant we have thumbprint guns, they said. It would work just like my cell phone, they said. Noted gun expert and Silicone Valley consultant Joe Biden has pushed this on many occasions.
“My cell phone – like yours -I just put my thumbprint on, and that is my access to everything. (…) Why can’t you do that for a gun?”
Well, Samsung just blew that entire argument out of the water, now didn’t they?
Headline: Samsung: Anyone’s thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone
DOH! Thats a big F-UP. Inconvenient if its a phone, tragic if its a ‘smart gun’.
The scanner sends ultrasounds to detect 3D ridges of fingerprints in order to recognise users.
Samsung said it was “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch”.
South Korea’s online-only KaKao Bank told customers to switch off the fingerprint-recognition option to log in to its services until the issue was fixed.
Previous reports suggested some screen protectors were incompatible with Samsung’s reader because they left a small air gap that interfered with the scanning.
I have talked about the many other shortcomings of this in the past if you want to read up on that. And if they go that route and mandate it, how long before we must close the ‘smart gun’ loophole? And also, Beware: ‘Smart guns’ will stand up to a SCOTUS test.
But alas… finger print technology is soon to be a thing of the past. Facial recognition is where its at, so next up…
So, how long does it take to get a ‘red flag’ put into NICS? Since the only thing that red flag laws do is remove guns from a ‘highly dangerous’ individual, and leaves them essentially on the loose in society… what is stopping them from immediately going to the gun shop 30 minutes after their guns are confiscated and buying another gun?
I’m not even talking about the fact that they can still get one illegally. There are tons of failures in the NICS system… and I would bet dollars to donuts that it takes a considerable amount of time for the ‘red flag’ to show up in the system.
While talking with an anti-gun colleague at work yesterday… they inevitably went to the old anti-gun talking point “We need to regulate guns the way that we regulate cars.”
To which I replied, ‘Thats a great idea! Why dont we also regulate all of the other rights outlined in the bill of rights the same way we regulate guns? Lets force people to pay a fee, get a background check, get a government issued license before we allow them to vote… to exercise free speech… maybe we should force people to get fingerprinted and put on a registry before we let them enjoy freedom of religion. Since abortion is now a “right found in the constitution” perhaps we should require people to go through a waiting period and a background check and pay a fee to have a license issued to them before they can go purchase an abortion. Maybe we should have red-flag laws in place so people lose their right to vote if we think they might vote for Trump in the next election.’
They didn’t have a clue what to do with that. Give it a try next time you are talking to an anti-gunner. It works.