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17955 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Nov 2012 at 2:46 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-15 12:53:36 PM  
6 votes:
No. If I need a gun to work, I need it to work. Not crash, have dead batteries, reboot, whatever. The worst sound you can hear is a click when you were expecting a bang.
2012-11-15 12:12:23 PM  
5 votes:
Or you could keep your gun secured when you're not using it and buy a $10 trigger lock.
2012-11-15 01:05:05 PM  
3 votes:
Before the public is burdened with this nonsense, I recommend that it be tested with law enforcement and the military. Once it passes those field tests then and only then should it be considered safe enough for public use.  Those organizations exist to protect the populace, if it doesn't work for them, it CERTAINLY isn't good enough for the general public
2012-11-15 12:40:27 PM  
3 votes:
Because if someone breaks into my house and is pointing a gun at me, I want my gun to have to verify i'm holding it before I shoot them. Because finger print readers are so accurate that I don't have to swipe my finger several times to use laptops that require them or go into an area that uses fingerprints.

A better solution might be an RFID implant in your palm that it's reading. That way if your hands are dirty or anything like that, it won't stop you from shooting someone/something when you want to.
2012-11-15 04:02:07 PM  
2 votes:

Terrydatroll: Secondly, I am sure that the guy breaking into my house with is OWN gun won't be able to shoot me because MY gun has palm reading technology. "One moment while I read your palm! Whirr zzzzz zip...OK, according to you palm reading, you have just been shot by a burglar. Palm signing out..whizz..whirr...zzzz..zip."

Apparently the consensus is that this idea won't work, because today's computers take seconds to process a kilobyte of data, all the while making clockwork noises.
2012-11-15 03:39:31 PM  
2 votes:
Am I really the first one to mention The Weapons Shop of Isher?

2012-11-15 02:58:44 PM  
2 votes:

timujin: This concept has been out for a long time, well before this movie. I remember reading about prototypes back in the late 90's or early 00's. I think they were looking into it for law enforcement at the time, so criminals couldn't take a cop's gun.

Actually, no.

New Jersey enacted a version of the law that requires all handguns sold in the state to be "smart guns" 3 years after their attorney general decides they are commercially available and safe to use. The police are exempt from the requirement.

Every version of it I've heard proposed at the state and federal level exempts police and military.

Gee, I wonder why?
2012-11-15 10:08:41 PM  
1 vote:

HoityToity: Mock26:

You should use your middle finger. Seriously. I forget the name of this style, but the idea behind it is to lay your index finger alongside the barrel, pointing forward, and use your middle finger to fire. The idea is that humans have the innate ability to point their middle finger accurately at just about anything. It is not good if you are trying to shoot coins or nail that bull's eye ring, but for larger targets it is supposed to be quite accurate.

Sure, great idea. I love it when the slide slices off most of my index finger.

And if you did that with a revolver the gas escaping from between the top of the cylinder and the forcing cone would rip your finger open.
2012-11-15 05:51:03 PM  
1 vote:

Mikeyworld: There isn't a trigger safety that can stop a gun from killing someone when they want you dead. The safest thing that could done to protect the citizenry from wanton acts of gun violence is to make any use of firearms in the commission of a crime punishable by death. Yes, the death penalty for using a firearm while committing a crime. There has to be a conviction on the crime before this can be enacted, but it would thin the herd a little (there will always be those who will have guns, just less of them).

/any crime will do. It's the gun that counts
//also, register and limit bullets

So what happens in those cases where a citizen intends on protecting their home and loved ones and is convicted of assault/manslaughter/murder because they "pursued" the criminal or were not found to be threatened sufficiently to warrant the use of lethal force? They just get snuffed and the criminal walks?

As far as registering and limiting bullets, come at me bro, I'm behind 7 casting molds and have a reloading press. Your stupidity hurts me physically. I use more ammunition in a month than you probably think a law-abiding-citizen has any use for in a year.
2012-11-15 04:16:17 PM  
1 vote:
You would still have a problem with legal gun owners accidentally shooting someone while intoxicated. Fortunately there is a solution for this as well. Build a breathalizer into the barrel of the gun. You simply blow into the barrel of your gun. If you are sober, it will unlock for normal use. If you are drunk, it will immediately fire off a round to ensure the problem will never happen again.
2012-11-15 04:10:15 PM  
1 vote:

Ethertap: There's a pawn shop on the way home from work that has a banner advertising $99 9mm pistols. That's pretty cheap, although I'm guessing that the guns are pretty crappy.

They are probably Hi-point. They are ugly as all hell, and the fit and finish is really rough, but they are actually very reliable and reasonably accurate.
2012-11-15 03:38:18 PM  
1 vote:

id10ts: No, THIS is the weapon we need to develop.
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/hot like Leia in a bikini

No, THIS is the weapon we need to develop.
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/Hot like Summer.
2012-11-15 03:26:45 PM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: Terrydatroll: dittybopper: iheartscotch: It would also significantly increase the price of firearms.

That's the real reason behind it: So poor minorities can't afford them.

The sad thing is that if poor minorities could not afford guns then 97% of America's gun problems would disappear. 92% is black on black anyway, so I really don't see a problem.

I do see a problem, because not every poor black person is a criminal. Yes, crime tends to be concentrated in that demographic, as I've pointed out numerous times on Fark, but I've *NEVER*, *EVER* advocated a blatantly racist "Hey, our problems would be over if we prevented blacks from owning guns" viewpoint.

That's just farkin' wrong, sad or not.

I'm black, I own SEVERAL firearms. I have absolutely NO inclination to commit an act of violence with said weapons.

But thanks for the vote of confidence.
2012-11-15 03:01:10 PM  
1 vote:
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Here's my trigger safety right here.

/take a hunters safety course to heart and you'll be just fine.
2012-11-15 02:58:40 PM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: iheartscotch: It would also significantly increase the price of firearms.

That's the real reason behind it: So poor minorities can't afford them.

That is a possibility; but, as it stands, even the cheapest guns I know about are $250-$350. That's a huge investment for poor people.

The real goal is probably to increase the cost of all firearms; so it's expensive for everyone but rich people.
2012-11-15 02:53:30 PM  
1 vote:

madgonad: This has been available for at least 20 years. The cheapest way to do this is to have the user wear a ring which must be held next to the weapon for it to fire. The NRA lobbied heavily against it.

Little known fact: The police agencies also lobbied against it being a requirement for them. Why is that?
2012-11-15 02:51:11 PM  
1 vote:
Didn't License to Kill have a biometric-locked gun?
2012-11-15 02:50:37 PM  
1 vote:
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Heh, what a cute idea.
2012-11-15 02:48:26 PM  
1 vote:

Voiceofreason01: Or you could keep your gun secured when you're not using it and buy a $10 trigger lock.

Don't use a trigger lock. It's a mechanical finger near the trigger.
2012-11-15 02:16:54 PM  
1 vote:
For absolutely no practical reason, I want to fire one of those crazy drum mag Glock 18s.
2012-11-15 12:54:40 PM  
1 vote:
Like you can't disconnect the locking mechanism...
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