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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

North Korea sets off H-bomb, Obama cries

The government is herding us toward an Internet of Firearms.

T he big question on everyone's mind now is: what is Barack Obama going to do about North Korea, now that it claims to have set off an H-bomb? My guess is he's going to sit down, draw a red line, and have a good cry.

By now everyone has heard about Obama shedding tears in his speech about gun control. Those who actually voted for him probably want to crawl under a rock by now, while those who are counting the days until he's gone are chalking it up as a typical ploy of the worst president in, like, ever.

One hint about the government's new direction comes from his call for so-called smart guns, which can only be fired by their owner. While such a development might provide reassurance to gun owners worried about their firearms being stolen or picked up by their children, gun rights advocates are well advised to pay attention to the dangers of this technology.

Once computer chips are in our firearms, firearms can be made to record and transmit their GPS coordinates whenever they're fired. The government could mandate remote access—a back door, if you will—to firearms, enabling law enforcement to disable them wirelessly in, say, a hostage situation. Gun control advocates are salivating over the prospect already.

The industry is said to be facing many “challenges” in ensuring adequate security in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). The inevitable flood of security failures raises the uncomfortable prospect of some kid in their parent's basement hacking into someone's AR-15 over the Internet. But that is the least of our worries. Cities will be tempted to transmit the disable codes over an entire area with little notice. So owners could find themselves in the awkward position of not knowing whether their firearm can be relied upon in an emergency.

What is more serious, however, from a national security viewpoint, is the idea that the most powerful person in the world is so out of touch with reality that he thinks turning on the waterworks will make Congress feel sorry enough for him that they'll go along with his policies.

And by most powerful I mean not Kim Jong-Un, who's probably now working on his prototype Reality Bomb, but the guy in D.C. whose failed policies have pushed the world closer to war than anything North Korea could ever do.

jan 06, 2016

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