Editorial: Democrats are all for smart guns and dumb ballots

Democrats are calling for technology to be used in an attempt to thwart gun violence. They want smart guns to be mandated.

Obama, after issuing his fatwa, er, executive order expanding the requirement for background checks prior to gun purchase, said, “We can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint. Why can’t we do the same thing for our guns?”

As a part of this fiat, Obama ordered “the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology.”

He told those departments to review the availability of smart gun technology and to “explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.”

Anti-gun nuts claim smart guns — using some form of biometrics or an electronic fob that must be near the gun before it can be fired — is needed to prevent accidental shootings in the home, shootings with stolen guns, children taking parents’ guns to schools and people or police having their guns taken from them and used against them.

New Jersey lawmakers passed a law called the Childproof Handgun Law that says that once “personalized handguns are available” all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns within two years.

Anything for the sake of safety and security.

But ballot security, forget about it.

Democrats contend that requiring smart ballots that can only be used by those authorized to use them is too burdensome, besides, they say, voter ID laws disproportionately affect the elderly, minorities and low-income groups who tend to vote for Democrats and we can’t have that. Also they contend getting a photo ID can cost money and is just too burdensome.

The Heritage Foundation has documented more than 250 cases of convictions for voter fraud across the country in recent years, including two in Nevada. Those were just the ones who got caught.

Smart guns, but dumb ballots. That’s the Democrat’s way.

A version of this editorial appears this past week in the Battle Born Media newspapers — The Ely Times, the Mesquite Local News, the Mineral County Independent-News, the Eureka Sentinel,  Sparks Tribune and the Lincoln County Record.


13 comments on “Editorial: Democrats are all for smart guns and dumb ballots

  1. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the distinction can be explained by the fact that accidental shooting kill or injure thousands and thousands of Americans, leading to tragedies all accross the country every year, while voter impersonation is so vanishingly small as not to even merit a drastically asterisk and has no effect at all on elections.
    Why don’t you guys just be honest and admit that your voter suppression laws are intended to make it voting harder for poorer people, particularly old people and people of color, who vote in ways you disapprove of.

    I mean, really — let’s not beat around the bush.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Statistical asterisk

  3. Voter ID…is NOT vote suppression…no matter how much leftist subterfuge is disseminated that claims the contrary.

  4. Winston Smith says:

    I live in a small town, about 3,000 residents, and am required to bring my voter registration card, that was mailed to me, when voting. It cost me no money, and I appreciate that my local government wants to minimize fraud in voting with this requirement. It seems that many Democrats really don’t care about voter fraud, as long as they win.

  5. Steve says:

    In Nevada currently, at the polls, if your signature does not match, you are asked to provide photo ID.
    As people age their signatures become shaky, after thirty years signatures can become very different from the one made at time of registration.

    I suppose requiring photo ID in this case is voter suppression……smh

  6. Patrick says:

    Gun registration is not gun suppression.

  7. It inconveniences minorities and the poor.

  8. Patrick says:

    “Too damn bad”

    –all conservatives who are not hypocrites.

  9. Steve says:

    Registration, of any kind, is location.

  10. nyp says:

    there is no voter fraud. You guys know that voter ID laws, together with elimination of early voting, supress minority turnout.

    Just be honest about what you are doing.

  11. Steve says:

    Nyp sez, Nevada photo ID law must go!

  12. nyp says:

    There have been 31 credible reports of voter fraud in general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. The number of ballots cast since that time? Over a billion.
    Do the math.

    Just be honest — you want to make it harder for poorer people to vote.

  13. Steve says:

    Current Nevada law requires photo ID if the signature does not match.

    Just be honest, you want that repealed.

    Iowa has some intelligent Republicans and the DNC is feeling the Bern….you guys are split!

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