What the Future Holds for Gun Control
It has been no secret that gun control is not only a polarizing topic for every day Americans, but is also a topic that will have a massive bearing on the outcome of this year’s upcoming presidential election. With candidates on every side touting their own plans for how to curb gun violence in the US, none of them seem as though they can come to an agreement on what the best solution is.
While that much is still up for debate, some companies have been working – for years now – on guns that can help increase the safety of those who use them or are in the vicinity when they are being used. Before events like the Sandy Hook school shooting, or the Aurora Colorado movie theater shooting, a man by the name of Jonathan Mossman was working on creating a gun that could only be fired by its owner.
Beginning back in 1999, Mossman and his colleagues began crafting guns that were equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip that would make it so that the only person able to fire a given weapon is the person who was wearing a special ring also equipped with a matching RFID chip. Ten years and many hurdles later, Mossman had a gun that was fully functional, fully tested, and ready to enter the marketplace.
Smart Guns; Nuisance or Solution?
Despite feeling like his weapon would be a hit, the iGun hit a roadblock when sales did not match expectations. In addition, other companies produced similar guns and all the while entities such as the NRA claimed over and over how smart guns were more of a nuisance than a solution. On top of it all, critics were quick to point out that the gun, which relied on technology that was mostly unproven, was not going to be reliable.
After taking a ten-year hiatus, the iGun is making its way back to the market. With American consumers more accustomed to advanced technology, and with gun violence as bad as it has ever been, Mossman thinks that there is a real need for his creation in the market.
Will the future of gun control be chips being installed in every weapon? Maybe not within the next ten years, but it does seem like a very practical way to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are not supposed to be handling them. What’s more, it can work to create a lesser incidence of accident misfire which can often result in unintended death.