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.