The media is reporting the development of a new "smart gun" which will be so hi-tech that it will identify whether the person holding the gun is the gun's owner. The goal being to reduce household accidents and deaths involving hand guns.
For years I have been advocating a far simpler idea:
Require that a single blank bullet be the 'next' round in any loaded handgun kept around children.
Now lets break this down so as to avoid any misunderstanding:
What are the benefits of using a single blank first round:
This is such a simple idea. Lately, I've been scheming ways to make a buck on the concept. I envisioned a business dedicated to selling single blank bullets. I envisioned the design or modification of hand guns which would require a unique blank round prior to the safety being removed. My mind was whirling with ideas. Fortunately, I came to the realization that it's best to keep the concept as simple as possible.
Instead, I encourage the NRA to create a program to distribute blank rounds cheaply, or even for free. I imagine any number of organizations (insurance, gun marketing organizations, state & local gov't, police departments, private individuals) would see the benefit of sponsoring such a program.
Furthermore, I encourage our leaders to consider legislation which furthers this simple idea. But as they do consider legislation, I ask that they please consider a "carrot" to positively promote the use of blanks, such as reduced liability to hand gun owners who have a single blank round in place if an accident does occur.
Mike "Blankman" Kimbro
Go to: Kimbro Home Page Bill Bradley for President NRA Home Page
Check these links out to find sources for blank ammo:
Joe Swanson's Blank Ammunition
IAR, Inc.: 12 gauge blanks