So California just approved a new “Smart Gun” for use in their state. I am reminded of the classic line from Jurrasic Park:
Dr. Ian Malcolm: “… your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Sometime around 1500, “wheel lock” firearms were invented. In contrast with other projectile weapons of the age, which were primarily matchlock firearms or bows, wheel locks were the first firearms that could be carried concealed and instantly readied and fired, even one-handed. These features made them particularly suitable for self-defense, as “defense” is typically reactive in nature and leaves little time for the intended victim to prepare any meaningful resistance to a surprise attack. In 1518, however, Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I banned … Read More »