On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said his Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” gun tracking bracelets as part of its gun control efforts. Probably he’s just warming America up before issuing bracelets for other constitutionally guaranteed freedoms…
When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.
“I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” he said.
“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”
“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.
The Justice Department has requested $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for “gun safety.”
Included in the proposal is $2 million for “Gun Safety Technology” grants, which would award prizes for technologies that are “proven to be reliable and effective.”
President Barack Obama’s budget proposal also calls for $1.1 billion to “protect Americans from gun violence—including $182 million to support the president’s ‘Now is the Time’ gun safety initiative.”
Eric Holder is supposed to help defend the constitution and the rights it enshrines. Instead, he seeks to twist the words of the document and expects Americans to be content to enjoy their freedoms only if they wear a government-approved bracelet? Naturally, it is a short step to include GPS tracking and monitoring of the bracelets and to extend the requirement to other rights. How about offering protected free speech to only citizens with an approved bracelet? Maybe Holder envisions allowing free religious practice only if Americans submit to wearing other government insignia so they can be tracked while they worship.
Source: Washington Free Beacon