Smart Guns Aren’t So Smart

Guns, guns, guns. America is absolutely obsessed with guns. Well, now it’s even easier to shoot at things. Austin-based company Tracking Point recently unveiled a rifle that aims itself, making it easily the most advanced, and easy-to-use weapon in the gun lexicon today. They’re called “Smart Rifles,” a ubiquitous name for a gun that allows even the most inexperienced gun user to hit a target 1,000 feet away with 100% accuracy. So, to rewind for a moment: it’s a gun that aims and shoots for you-all you do is hold the trigger. Vice recently profiled the company for one of their documentaries and talked about how someone who has never shot a gun before can be on a range hitting targets in an hour. It brings to mind some troubling trends in recent years. As the south and west sides of Chicago continually turn into warzones and weekly mall and school shootings become more and more routine, we have to ask ourselves if a Smart Gun is smart at all. Last week gunmen shot up a park in Chicago where friends and family were taking in a neighborhood basketball game, hitting 13, including a 3 year old boy. Reports estimated somewhere around 20 shots, fired blindly into a crowd. Now, a proliferation of these Smart Guns would almost definitely result in their hitting the streets. Imagine if the shooters last week in Chicago had hit every target with 100% accuracy, a terrible night in the Back of the Yards neighborhood very well may have been a massacre. Smart phones are ok for me. Gun? Not so much.

Jake Krzeczowski

Jake Krzeczowski is a writer based in Chicago. Since graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 he has written for the likes of The Chicago Sun Times, Complex Magazine, and Elevator Magazine.

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