Smart People of New Jersey Are Speaking Up


January 3, 2003, 11:27 PM
This in today's Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Edition. If you like, please join us at (kinda becoming ) where some people better and more commited than I are really getting it together. I like New Jersey a lot. Moving is an attractive alternative, but the attraction wears off as the rotten apple is still there ready to spoil the bunch. Not to sound high and holy, but New Jersey isn't just our problem. Now for the Letter to the Editor (not mine, by the way):

A Dumb Law
After the Torricelli-Lautenberg switch and now their "smart gun" law, what will New Jersey's Democrats do to embarrass their constituents? As author-philosopher Ayn Rand titled one of her articles, "Who will protect us from our protectors?"
As a successful electronics engineer, with nearly 40 years of experience at companies of all sizes, I would quit my job before I would ever accept an idiotic assignment such as inventing a so-called smart gun. And I do not belong to the National Rifle Association, nor do I own a gun.
If the purpose of the smart gun is to prevent accidental deaths and suicides, it can't do either for its owner, presupposing it ever comes into existence.
Human hands come in all sizes, shapes and colors. The force that one uses to hold a gun can vary over a wide range, depending on the owner and the circumstance. What about the lefthanded? What if the owner's hand is gloved, cut, bandaged, dirty, wet, sweaty or covered with soap, dishwater, paint, grease or lotion?

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January 3, 2003, 11:46 PM
I like New Jersey a lot.

You're kidding, right?;)

But seriously, having grown up in NJ (yep, first 28 yrs of my life right there in C.H.) but now in PA I'm glad to see something is being done over there. Maybe it's too soon to write the state off.

I may join just in the hope that changing NJ will keep the infection out of PA.

January 3, 2003, 11:47 PM
... What if the grip is dirty or the battery is dead? Is the burglar or thief expected to wait for this to be corrected?
What if the gun was left in the hot summer sun or a cold car trunk in winter? What if it's raining or snowing?
How long will the "smart mechanism" hold up under repeated firing? How soon will the gunpowder residue contaminate the sensor or mechanism?
What if there is a burglar while you have company? Will the gun be smart enough to allow a relative, neighbor or friend to use it to protect the host?

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January 3, 2003, 11:52 PM
... "Feel good" legislation such as this so-called smart gun law will do nothing to prevent the importatioin of illegal "dumb guns." And how long will it take for some clever high school students to defeat the smart mechanism? Let's get real and can this idiotic idea.
What galls me more than the making of the smart gun law is all of the taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on having some typical academic idiots try to invent anything and most particularly this thing.
If the pandering New Jersey legislators who voted for a smart gun law can't think of anything worthwhile to work on they could always do something useful, such as eliminate New Jersey's auto-insurance problems.

Didn't Want to Use His Name Without Authorization
Short Hills, NJ

Open Carry
January 4, 2003, 04:47 AM
New Jersey was great in the 70's when the drinking age there was 18 and it was 21 in Pennsylvania. Since then, I can't think of a damn good reason not to offer it back to the British.

January 4, 2003, 10:23 AM
"Smart People of New Jersey Are Speaking Up "

And will be ignored and marginalized as the "gun nut" fringe as usual.

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