A VICE journalist was caught pointing a so-called “Smart Gun” toward a journalist and pulling the trigger during a segment in a documentary urging gun safety.
Townhall senior writer Julio Rosas isolated the segment from a VICE Motherboard documentary in which the reporter pointed a Thompson submachine gun with a drum mag inserted into it at a cameraman and then pulled the trigger:
Still can't get over that a Vice reporter, in a video on "smart guns" helping prevent accidental shootings, decided to it was a good idea to point a Thompson, that had a drug mag in, at his cameraman, pull the trigger, and then say, "I didn't think it was going to do that." pic.twitter.com/O3M3kLd0Ag
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 23, 2020
The clip is from a 2017 documentary featuring Motherboard Features Editor Brian Anderson arguing in favor of “Smart Gun” mandates to infringe upon the 2nd Amendment. The documentary is titled: “Who Killed the Smart Gun?”
A “smart gun” is designed to only fire in the hands of an authorized user, and make it easier for police to identify criminals following instances of gun-related violence. The sophisticated technology implanted in the weapons could make it easier for gun owners to be profiled or tracked, however, or the gun could be disabled remotely by usurping government agents.
“America is a gun culture. It always has been. With an estimated 260 to 300 million guns in the national gun stock today, firearms aren’t going anywhere. And it would appear the political will to craft robust nationwide gun control legislation remains dead in the water,” VICE Motherboard wrote to promote their documentary.
“But with an epidemic of mass shootings, and gun accidents devastating communities nationwide, a small movement seeks to change the very technology at the heart of firearms. Yet the players behind this movement to create user-authenticated firearms, or so-called smart guns that only fire in the hands of approved users, are blocked at every turn,” they added.
The NRA has issued a brief fact sheet on “smart guns” on their website:
Conceptually, a “smart” gun is one that incorporates technology that would prevent the gun from being used by an unauthorized person. Currently, no viable guns equipped with such technology exist.
Gun control supporters advocate laws to prohibit the sale of firearms that do not possess “smart” technology, as a way to prohibit the manufacture of traditional handguns, raise the price of handguns that would be allowed to be sold and, presumably, to imbed into handguns a device that would allow guns to be disabled remotely.
The NRA doesn’t oppose the development of “smart” guns, nor the ability of Americans to voluntarily acquire them. However, NRA opposes any law prohibiting Americans from acquiring or possessing firearms that don’t possess “smart” gun technology.
The full documentary can be seen here:
Twitter users hammered Anderson for his reckless behavior with a firearm, with some individuals making the point that liberals who report on guns typically understand very little about the topic in which they are covering.
Please, editors, don't let reporters who don't know the basics of gun safety handle firearms for a piece without getting training first. This reporter violated all three gun safety rules. He assumed the gun was unloaded, pointed it at someone, and pulled the trigger. https://t.co/7t4bm69Umo
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) January 23, 2020
Hey @VICE, what the absolute f**k?
This guy just pointed a firearm at his camera person and pulled the trigger.
Never point a gun at something you aren’t willing to destroy. Finger off trigger until ready to fire. Treat every gun like it’s loaded.
Broke all 3. pic.twitter.com/MzwVUa66ZF
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) January 23, 2020
Oooof. No wonder why they butcher reporting on firearms. #BadForm
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) January 23, 2020
The fake news media has inadvertently demonstrated exactly what not to do when handling firearms.
Texas Gun Rights Endorses Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Luther is running for the Texas Senate.
Earlier this month, pro-Second Amendment organization Texas Gun Rights PAC endorsed Shelley Luther in her run for Texas State Senate.
Luther gained national attention for her refusal to close down her salon in Dallas, Texas, which was in violation of Dallas, County’s lockdown order. She would end up in jail for violating the order but would later be set free after Texas Governor Greg Abbott took action to release her.
Chris McNutt, the Director of Texas Gun Rights PAC, issued a statement on Texas Gun Rights PAC’s endorsement of Luther:
It is clear Shelley Luther is the strongest pro-gun candidate running to fill the Senate District 30 seat being vacated by Pat Fallon. Texas Gun Rights PAC is proud to endorse Shelley Luther for Senate in the September 29th Special Election.
“Even before Shelley decided to run for office, she proved she had the courage to stand up and fight against an overreaching government without backing down,” McNutt added. “So it’s no surprise Shelley Luther was also the first candidate in the Senate District 30 race to take a bold, pro-gun stance.”
Constitutional Carry is one of Luther’s legislative priorities for the 2021 legislative session. This issue has been a priority for the Texas Republican Party during the last 6 years. Drew Springer, Luther’s opponent in the Senate election, never supported Constitutional Carry.
Passing Constitutional Carry legislation is part of Luther’s campaign platform and has been a top priority of the Republican Party of Texas for the past 6 years. Her opponent, State Representative Drew Springer, has never backed Constitutional Carry since he came into office back in 2012.
“State Representative Drew Springer claims to be ‘pro-gun,’ and yet he repeatedly refused to co-author Constitutional Carry every year that it was introduced,” commented McNutt. “Pro-gun Texans in Senate District 30 need a leader who is willing to fight for the Second Amendment like Shelley Luther, not another political backbencher looking for a job promotion.”
Should Constitutional Carry be passed, Texas would be the 16th state with this law.
Thanks to the political establishment’s constant legislative roadblocking, Constitutional Carry has had a considerable amount of trouble in being passed in the Lone Star State.
With politicians like Luther potentially in the mix, Constitutional Carry has a stronger chance of being passed. America First patriots living in Texas Senate District 30 should resoundingly vote for Luther due to her firm commitment to limited government.
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