Engineer Omer Kiyani has developed a device that is intended to mitigate gun accidents. The device attaches to the trigger of handguns and requires an authorized user’s fingerprint to activate the trigger. The idea is to stop gun accidents especially related to children. Though the technology may be lifesaving, it may not work to reduce accidents. There was much support for the device (72% of New Jersey gun owners), but only 14% of Americans are likely to buy these ‘smart’ guns. The people that will buy them are already at a lower risk of having gun related accidents happen in their household due to the fact that they are promoting gun safety (evidence is that they would buy the device). These accidents happen where gun safety is not addressed or is overlooked (the accident is the evidence).
Logically, the device would not save lives, as it would not be used where gun safety is not addressed or is overlooked. Some may argue that the device should be used on all guns to mitigate this problem; however this would be a form of control, which IMT has identified as ineffective (some gun owners already perceive the technology as control and violation of the second amendment).