May 26, 9:26 AM ·
Courtesy Oleg Volk,
A Human RightWe spoke over the weekend about verifying facts before jumping to conclusions. Reader Steve P. brings a good tip to our attention, and this one has plenty of corroborration.
From poster "Hamburger" at The Guns Network, LLC:
I'm an AK and Beretta enthusiast from Germany...
I am writing this post to tell you about a German company called Armatix. They develop "gun safety devices" (gun locks) and so-called smart guns.
The biggest problem is their marketing strategy. They try to influence lawmakers to tighten gun laws, so the gun owners are forced to buy Armatix products.
According to the management of this company, they already aim for the U.S. Market...I guess they will try the same foul strategy in the US that they currently use in Germany...
Armatix is a global acting company so gun owners world wide must stand together to fight this threat...
So after cautioning everyone about not relying on rumors, here I am getting all hysterical over something an anonymous guy who calls himself "Hamburger" posts on a forum?
Not hysterical, just curious. Let's examine his claims and see if together we can establish credibility for them.
There is indeed an ARMATIX company. And they do indeed hawk a line of "digital and biometric authentication" gun locks:
The Trustlock System will thereby be providing safety for inherited guns in Germany.
And how will Trustlock effectively neutralize the great German gun heir menace?
With a mechatronic weapon lock, you can lock your gun in seconds flat. All you need to do is insert a locking device in the muzzle on a hand gun or the cartridge chamber on a long gun and lock it.
Releasing the lock requires authentication via personal PIN code or biometric fingerprint, which gives you access as the sole authorized user.
And Trustlock is so dang versatile, it even anticipates future citizen disarmament edicts, eliminating the yet unattainable goal of time travel!
Our new design of locking system for inherited guns is a unique innovation that even takes future legislative regulations into account. New legislation dictates that individuals who take on inherited guns but have no gun license will not be able to take possession of them without a legally authorized locking procedure.
And what is that procedure? Well, it involves an authorized dealer being the only one who "carries out the locking and unlocking procedure." It involves the "Trustlock Center...log[ging] the locking and unlocking procedures and manag[ing] passwords and lists of authorized users." And this is all overseen by an entity cryptically referred to as "The agency," which "monitors the locking of weapons and manages the procedures."
No potential for abuse or a disconnect anywhere in the chain, is there? I mean, who wouldn't want to trust their lives to a device that interferes with a tool's primary function and depends on multiple layers of approvals and monitoring?
After all, it's not like German gun owners are likely to run into mob hitman Sammy "The Bull" Gravano:
"Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters," Gravano said. "I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins.
We've had this debate before. Many times. And the fact is, gun safety improves when the human operator improves, not when bells and whistles are added. Besides, who reading this has not had the experience of pointing a remote control at a television or garage door, or turning on a flashlight--and having nothing happen?
We've also seen how opportunistic profit-seekers are willing to trade in your rights to enhance their bottom line. There is no market demand for their products, so they lobby government to mandate new requirements. We've seen this happen with microstamping, with laser etching, with "ammunition accountability"...
We know that none of this will keep violent criminals from obtaining non-impaired weapons. We also know they don't care about whether guns or ammunition are traceable to the owners of record. Why would they?
And we know one other thing. Even if the bad guys get their hands on an Armatix-disabled gun, it won't stop them (see 2:27 into this video, courtesy of "Hamburger's" forum post):
It looks to me like everything "Hamburger" claims is dead on target.
Follow the money: The firearms industry welcomes Armatix into the fold of exhibitors at the 2009 SHOT Show.