As with any public initiative having to do with firearms, the N.J.I.T. project faces large political obstacles. One is the National Rifle Association, which sees smart-gun technology as an attempt by government to crush individual freedoms. Another is anti-gun groups, which believe that safer guns will cause more people to buy them. There are also what Sebastian calls the “yeah, buts,” his name for skeptical questions about the smart gun’s reliability. He listed some of them: “Yeah, but what if your hands are dirty? Yeah, but what if your hands are sweaty? Yeah, but what if you’re wearing a glove?”
Last year, I did an entry about an innovation from Munich, that can turn Armatix’ small business into a monopolist in the US. A mouthful. What I aimed at, was to bring their company website into the 21. Century and help get them the attention to tell their tale of gun safety to the New Jersey authorities. A cold call to the Armatix office here in Munich didn’t get the recipient’s juices flowing and back then, I was not convinced their technology was thought through, not in terms of costs and usability issues.
It however solves issues the “yeah, buts” bring forward.
Getting in touch with US CEO Belinda Padilla may get all involved a step closer to resolving the gun safety issues in the 21. Century.
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