Holder’s idea of “common sense” gun control: gun tracking bracelets

During a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder floated some ideas of “common sense” gun control efforts the Obama administration is considering. Among the Orwellian ideas that Holder mentioned are gun tracking bracelets for gun owners, via the Washington Free Beacon (emphasis added):

“I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” he said.

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”

“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.

See and hear Holder’s comments for yourself:

The argument falls flat. Gun homicide and non-fatal gun violence rates have dropped by 49% and 75% since 1993, even as more states adopted friendlier firearms laws. Guns are, in fact, a deterrent to crime. That, according to an Obama administration-backed Centers for Disease Control study.

Speaking to the idea itself, tracking bracelets are reserved for criminals. Law-abiding citizens won’t be able to enjoy their constitutionally protected rights while they’re being treated like they’ve done something wrong.

Not to mention the fact that the Obama administration isn’t all that friendly to privacy rights — or any other civil liberty, for that matter. What’s not to say that these bracelets wouldn’t serve yet another Orwellian purpose? It’s not gun registration per se — depending on whom bracelets are limited to, like new sales, for example — but a tracking system would produce a significant amount of data that prying eyes will want.

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