Scratch many people in the tech sector and you’ll find a totalitarian underneath. They sincerely think that technology can save the world… provided that they’re the ones controlling it, of course.

I guess it shouldn’t be surprising, then, that these high tech totalitarians are conspiring with the Obama Administration to undermine the Second Amendment.

The right to bear arms is hot topic in our society; many polls show a slight majority of the American public leaning towards the Second Amendment. So, for a moment, let’s take getting rid of guns off the table and think outside the box. Let’s turn off our pro- or anti-gun sentiments and click on our tech knowledge.

One idea slowly garnishing interest and influence is GPS tracking in guns. This is not a new idea. The federal government has been experimenting with using wireless Nano and GPS technologies to track, disrupt, and even self-destruct firearms for at least two years. The project – known as micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) – utilizes Nano devices created by engineers that can affect a weapon’s operation. MEMS capabilities could be built into U.S. weapons within three to five years and the market for this technology would be around $1.1 billion dollars, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

The author amazingly doesn’t feel that giving government the ability to “track, disrupt, and even self-destruct” firearms is an “infringment” on the natural right to armed self-defense.

I’ll go ahead and make several predictions:

  • anti-gun liberals will attempt to mandate MEMS technology for all new commercial U.S. firearms once the technology is in a working prototype stage. Some will demand that this technology be retrofitted to existing firearms.
  • Some anti-gun liberals will attempt to force federal and state agencies to adopt MEMS. These agencies will resist out of fears that the needlessly complex technology is a threat to their officers, and the concept will die.
  • any gun company that incorporates this MEMS technology into their firearms will be abandoned by a commercial market which dwarfs the much smaller government market.
  • People will quickly find a way to hack the technology, for better or worse.

I’m a little surprised that this is the first I’ve heard of MEMS being used to disable the civilian firearms market, but then, it isn’t something they’d want to popularize, is it?