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RussellMania741
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victorviolin
Pro (for)

Smart Gun Technology should be banned?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/21/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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RussellMania741

Con

Gun Technology is being sold as the perfect solution to America's gun problem. People often claim that smart gun technology will save lives, reduce mass shootings, accidents, reduce violence, and America will be a safer place.

1. Hackers will always be able to hack smart guns. This is one reason why I am againts smart cars. When it comes to cyber security, it's a very bad system. Big businesses, the Goverment, and stores get hacked almost daily. The Internet may have been secure 15-20 years ago, but hackers are getting more clever. The black hat community have already proven that it can be hacked.

Most companies don't protect their firmware. Hackers Will find a way to modify the firmware. If the firmware ever gets repgrammed on your gun, you may have no control over your gun. On the other hand, the hacker may modify their firmware to make their gun a lot powerful. If you don't think this is possible, then look up (Bad USB)
https://www.wired.com...
Experts say that their is no easy fix and it may take 8-10 years before the flaw is fix. Most USB firmware can be modified and their is not much you can do. Not only that, no Antivirus can detect it because it's not malware. The researcher that discovered this flaw was nice enough to share it with the world, so anyone that knows how to modify firmware can use it. It's becoming a common practice to release the code online, so that anyone can download it.

The next argument I here is, if the gun gets stolen or my kid takes it, they can't use it.
If the gun is registered only to me, does that mean I can keep a loaded smart gun on the couch and rely on the security features. Chances are you would say this is crazy. The reality is, people will rely on the security more and more and eventually ditch all their habits.

We have the Technology to have smart guns, so we should use it. If we have the technology to reduce gun violence, then why not use it. If this is your argument, then I have an even more effective way to reduce gun violence; you just have to ask yourself, how far do you want to go because I have a solution your problem not going to like to much. We also have the technology, so that everyone in America can get a RDIF chip implant. This would be an even more effective way to reduce gun violence. Law enforcement will be able to stop a shooting before it even happens. They can even have them killed remotely if they wish. We have the Tech do something like this, so why not use it.

Smart technology is the perfect solution, but yet the police don't even want to use them. Why aren't the police volunteering to try out smart guns. If the police aren't offering to smart guns, then why should we. The NRA doesn't even want that crap in America. If the NRA doesn't even want smart guns in the US, then they must be bad news.
victorviolin

Pro

Firstly, I would like to clarify several of your misconceptions about smart gun technology.

First of all, "smart guns" are not as autonomous as you are presenting them to be. In consumer markets, smart guns are fundamentally normal guns that have added safety features to prevent accidental discharge. They are basically more refined and technologically advanced safety pins, where certain identity technologies (RFID chips, fingerprint, etc.) are used to lock or unlock the safety, allowing the gun to fire. No smart guns use this as a firing mechanism; if a smart gun were to be hacked, as you say, there would be no damage. A hacker could not discharge a gun from his living room, and modifying the gun firmware would do nothing either; the gun would obtain no benefits, only becoming less secure (why would you want that?). The worst consequence that could be possible is that you could get locked out of your gun, in which case you could just send it back and see if the manufacturer could fix it.

Secondly, the likeliness of a smart gun being hacked is very little. Smart guns do not need to be connected via the web, or any network as far as I can see, there'd be no point for them to do so. In other words, smart guns would have no reason to be connected to the internet (or any other network) and are unlikely to be designed in such a fashion, as they are fully capable of functioning without being connected. This means that hackers cannot hack it from a distance, and would have to crawl right into your living room and into close proximity of your gun in order to attempt to hack it and either lock you out or disable the safety feature, which honestly doesn't have that big of an impact anyway.

And no, people don't need to get RFID chip implants. I mean, if you wanted to, you could- it's only the size of a grain of sand- but we already carry around credit cards and whatever, why not just add one to your wallet?

Sure, smart guns have their problems right now- glitches, design flaws, etc. But in concept, the added safety features will help the world, and especially, prevent school shootings, some of the most tragic events in current memory. As the technology improves, these flaws will be fixed, and their designs will be perfected. As all new technologies do, this technology definitely draws skepticism, but is also surrounded by misconceptions such as the ones you mentioned.
Debate Round No. 1
RussellMania741

Con

You"claimed"that"nothing"bad"would"happen"if"someone"hacked"or"reprogramed"the"firmware"of"the"smart"gun."Are"you"an"expert"in"computer"programming"or"modifying"firmware? Have you ever provided a proof of concept at a black hat conference. The point I'm trying to make is; we don't know how this technology works. You also claimed that smart guns won't have wifi or Bluetooth. In today's society the more tech that manufactures can cram into a product the better. Researchers have even created the first ransomware that infects thermostats. Hackers warn that smart light bulbs may be the next target. Here are the links. If a hacker can hack a thermostat and take full control over it, just think what would happen if they did that to your gun.
http://motherboard.vice.com...

http://venturebeat.com...

This is a sniper rifle that comes with a Wifi server, USB ports, and a IPad mini. You can listen to music and even upload stuff on YouTube and Facebook. This Rifle doesn't fire you to pull the trigger. It fires when it knows it will hit the target your aiming at. That's pretty scary to have a smart gun that can be fired without even pulling the trigger. If someone wanted to, they could upload malware via USB, wifi, IPad, or even Bluetooth. Hackers are renting out armies of hijacked smart phones and home devices. If you device is hijacked, then you are going to have a gun that you can't control.

http://www.news.com.au...

I have provided an article to prove that hackers can disable a sniper rifle or change its target. Keep in mind this is coming from an expert, "You can make it lie constantly to the user so they"ll always miss their shot," says Sandvik, a former developer for the anonymity software Tor. Or the attacker can just as easily lock out the user or erase the gun"s entire file system. "If the scope is bricked, you have a six to seven thousand dollar computer you can"t use on top of a rifle that you still have to aim yourself." The fact that you can make the gun lie about its target constantly and make it miss it's shot constantly proves that this technology is unreliable.
https://www.wired.com...

It would be even easier to hack someone's smart gun because most people practice poor security habits that would put them at risk. People use the same password on multiple sites, same pin for everything, pass USB drives around like nothing, and etc. Crimminals have been even known to drop infected USB drives in parking lots because they know someone will pick them up thinking its a free USB drive. Can you just imagine if someone stuck an infected USB drive in their smart gun.

Now I will be arguing reliability. Our Military will have to rely on these weapons. If the Weapons malfunction, that would spell big trouble for our troops. Most of our goods are made in China; Do you really trust Countries like China making our Smart weapons. If China was smart, then of course they would build back doors into all our smart weapons, why wouldn't they. What would happen if all our weapons got locked out during war. Imagine a country like Russia hacking into our smart weapons. They already hacked into the election, what makes you think they can't do the same to are smart weapons.
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Posted by RussellMania741 1 year ago
RussellMania741
We dont have a free market, no such thing
http://www.truth-out.org...
Posted by Sovcody2 1 year ago
Sovcody2
Which is why I said it shouldn't be banned, let the free market decide.
Posted by RussellMania741 1 year ago
RussellMania741
It wouldnt be regulated, it would be controlled by private companies. If even one smart gun sells in the US, the state of new jersey has to switch over to all smart guns. If one or 2 states do it, then the rest of the states may follow suite.

http://www.npr.org...
Posted by Sovcody2 1 year ago
Sovcody2
Russel, it shouldn't be banned, but it shouldn't be mandatory, let the free market slap it down like any authoritarian idea.
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