Via Russ Hepler:
In his gun grab speech, President Obama did advocate one kind of gun that he’s in favor of allowing – the so-called “smart gun.”
This is a type of high tech weapon that won’t fire unless it is operated by its rightful owner. The thinking is this will reduce gun injuries and deaths by stopping guns from firing when held by children and criminals.
But, it now seems there is a more dubious reason Obama wants “smart guns.”
The Washington Free Beacon reveals the truth:
President Obama is the top recipient in campaign cash from the “smart gun” manufacturing industry, which stands to benefit from his executive action calling for more research into the technology.
The National Institute of Justice, a research, development, and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice, released a report in 2013 consisting of a review of the smart gun industry. The report identified ten companies that focus exclusively on smart gun technology.
Of the smart gun companies that made political contributions, Obama was the top recipient of campaign funds in 2008 and 2012, according to campaign finance data.
The president ordered the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security to undertake new research programs into smart gun technology on Tuesday. He told them to produce a joint report “outlining a research and development strategy designed to expedite the real-world deployment of such technology for use in practice” within the next three months.
Obama also directed the agencies to review the availability of smart gun technology and “explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.” He also instructed them to “consult with other agencies that acquire firearms and take appropriate steps to consider whether including such technology in specifications for acquisition of firearms would be consistent with operational needs.”
The results of the order may create an influx of millions of dollars into the smart gun industry.
So, just like his public support for “green energy” companies like Solyndra, Obama is delivering a political payoff just as much as he is pushing his radical, left-wing ideology.
This is nothing more than a jaded politician “paying off” his financial supporters.
Obama, for his part has tried to blame “smart gun” development’s problems on the NRA. Newsmax explains:
President Barack Obama on Thursday said that smart gun technology that would prevent guns from being fired by anyone but their rightful owners is being held up by gun lobbyists and manufacturers.
“It has not been developed primarily because it’s been blocked by either the NRA, which is funded by gun manufacturers or other reasons,” Obama said during CNN’s town hall program “Guns in America.”
“We’ll work with the private sector. We’ll figure out whether or not this technology can be developed and then give everybody a choice in terms of the kind of firearm that they want to purchase because I think that there will, in fact, be market…