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The current debate over “assault rifles” has helped to shed light on the truth about gun related violence in the US of A. Maybe, too much. Smart gun technology* was the trend introduced years back to curb handgun misuse and violence. Pushes to mandate the technology fell by the wayside when the AR-15 took center stage as a preferred tool of exploitative choice.
What you need to know about smart guns:
In the United States of America, handguns are used in the majority of gun related crimes, not semi-automatic rifles. This is common knowledge among those with proper gun knowledge as well as an unfortunate truth that gets in the way of any “assault rifle” ban or restriction argument. It is not people using rifles committing illegal and lawless acts in our nation, it’s the holder of the handgun.
A NYPD police officer has been murdered by a street thug, with his own gun:
It was just past midnight on Sunday when Brian Mulkeen and two of his colleagues patrolled a neighborhood in the northern Bronx, tasked with ferreting out gang activity.
The New York police officers brought their patrol car to a stop to question a man in an area known for violence, including recent shootings. The man sprinted away. The officers pursued him, and Mulkeen, joined by his partner, collided with the man.
“A violent struggle on the ground began,” NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said in a Sunday news conference.
In a vivid summary of body-camera footage, Mulkeen said that “he’s reaching for it, he’s reaching for it,” according to Monahan.
Then five gunshots pierced the night. Mulkeen, 33, was shot three times, Monahan said, and five responding officers fired at the suspect. The suspect was killed, the chief said, and Mulkeen was rushed to a hospital, where he died.
Although the unidentified suspect’s .32-caliber revolver was recovered, the chief said it was Mulkeen’s service weapon that fired — suggesting that the suspect may have taken the officer’s gun and shot him with it.
“At this point, it does not appear that the perpetrator’s gun was the one that fired,” Monahan said. “Officer Mulkeen’s gun fired five times. At this point, we are not sure who fired Officer Mulkeen’s gun.”
Mulkeen joined the force in 2013 and lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend, who is also a police officer, Monahan said.
“There is absolutely no worse moment on our job than this. As we stand here this morning, a young man with a bright future who courageously patrolled some of New York City’s toughest streets has tragically lost his life,” Monahan said.
The 27-year-old suspect had been on probation for a narcotics-related arrest and had a criminal history that included a burglary conviction, the police chief said.
Dozens of officers lined up in the dark to give a final salute to Mulkeen, as police motorcycles and ambulances pulled away with flashing red and blue lights.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) hailed Mulkeen as a hero doing “a job that New Yorkers needed him to do.”
Mulkeen is the second officer to be killed on duty in New York this year. Detective Brian Simonsen was accidentally killed by another officer in February while responding to a report of armed robbery.
Bizarre circumstance and prayers aloft for the NYPD, Officer Mulkeen and his loved ones and our great nation for healing and peace. The peace that comes from being proactive and self-reliant. Not a temporary sense of same born of a desperate need to appease and control that degrades rather than improves everybody’s quality of life.
Ought handguns be equipped with the technology to limit who is able to fire the weapon?
For me, smart gun technology ought remain an option for people who believe devices will always trump human vigilance while never becoming a mandatory feature.
*The term “smart gun” is trademarked by the company Mossberg, though it’s generally understood to refer to any firearm that is designed to allow only the owner to pull the trigger.
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