When a gun is brought into a home it is 22 times more likely that weapon will be used to injure or kill someone who lives in that home than an intruder. The idea that you might use that gun successfully for self defense is so rare that the FBI is hard pressed to find 100 such cases in any year. Yet the cost to kill this fantasy is 30,000+ deaths a year. And the majority of those deaths are from suicide and accident, and this is where a Smart Tech gun lock can make a difference. 8% of the police who are killed on duty are shot with their own guns when over powered. This would not happen with a Smart Tech gun lock. The shootings at Newtown would not have happened because the shooter was using someone else' guns. A child finds a gun at home and shoots another sibling, that wouldn't happen with a Smart Tech gun lock. You don't have to search far to find examples of how this technology would save lives, so the obvious question is why not?
The majority of gun owners are very careful of storing their weapons properly, but "accidents happen". A Smart Tech gun lock will prevent that accident. A relationship falls apart and a teenager thinks suicide is a good idea. A Smart Tech gun lock will prevent that teenager from being able to use the gun. Someone breaks into a house and steals the gun, but it useless because it cannot be fired. This technology has existed for decades, only to be kept away from the public by the NRA. In that time more than 1/2 million people have died needlessly. The same technology that opens a phone with a finger swipe or starts your car with a push button ignition, can make us all safer.
So don't wait for Congress to do something, and don't wait for DeLeo or Baker either. Sign and share our online petition asking the AG to introduce Smart Technology to Massachusetts and start the fight to make gun safety a reality.
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