Smart Gun Technology

Yesterday President Barack Obama issued a memorandum, Promoting Smart Gun Technology. It’s easy to listen to everyone else’s summary of what the memorandum entails – even better is to READ THE MEMO FOR YOURSELF. Let me share a few important takeaways from this memo:

  • As with most federal issues, there was a “team” established 3 years ago to look at gun violence in general and make recommendations.
  • Within 90 days FROM TODAY (March 30, 2015), the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall prepare jointly a report outlining a research and development strategy designed to expedite the real-world deployment of such technology for use in practice.
  • Department Consideration of New Technology. In today’s press conference, President Obama made a great comparison to technology most Americans already use today: If we can push a button to find our iPhones, why can’t we push a button to find our guns.

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516ZHwhNaUL._SX342_BO1,204,203,200_That very last statement is the most powerful statement I have heard to date about gun control. This idea is not revolutionary, as noted by The Blaze back in 2011. “Smart guns theoretically offer a way for a firearm to be personalized so it will only work for an “authorized person.” Engineers working on smart guns have already tried things like radio-frequency identification (RFID), fingerprint-recognition systems, and magnetic rings to keep an unauthorized person from firing a gun.” There was even a book written in 2014 called, “The Future of Guns”.

I don’t own a gun, never even touched one. (If I did it would be pink). I have no idea how much they cost. One thing I can comprehend is THE potential COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE A LOSS OF A GUN VS. THE COST OF LOSING AN IPHONE. If you consider it that way, this IS A LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION, regardless of the who or the what.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: DISMISSING THE IDEA THAT SOME ACTION, WHILE SURELY NOT A PANACEA, THAT AIMS TO PREVENT SOME GUN VIOLENCE MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL WHEN YOU HAVE NO SOLUTIONS OF YOUR OWN TO OFFER. No one with any sense takes you seriously. #solutionsplease #nopoundingthetable

Technology innovation solves tough problems. Now surely, there are traditional “gun companies” that will undoubtedly try to get in on the action when a Request for Proposal (RFP)) is issued. But I would LOVE to see the likes of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and others – major tech companies – BAN together to HELP the federal government sort through this issue. Think this is too far off? Well, what about Microsoft and Apple’s recently advertised, “Let there Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me” commercial? Controlling gun violence supports peace on earth, no? Doesn’t sound too far off if you ask me!!! #techrules

You can watch President Obama’s the full speech from today below (save yourself some time and skip to 12:57). and the Microsoft/Apple commercial I referenced here.

Will You Marry Me?

1404719_10202382821193687_811824248_oI just read the realist of all blog posts about responding to a proposal. Everyone does not say yes the first time! The entire article is a GREAT read but I have to share the #1 reason why Heather Lindsey, the author, kept saying no: PEACE. It’s not something you can force, buy, concoct or dream up – it just happens: at the right time and with the right person. Trust me when I say, do not do anything until until you are absolutely sure you have PEACE.

side note: if you’re not sure if you have peace, that  probably means you don’t

Here are Heather’s reasons for saying no:

  1. I didn’t respect him as a man.

  2. I didn’t have peace.

  3. I wasn’t getting better as a woman.

  4. He wasn’t a leader.

  5. I didn’t trust him.

  6. I wasn’t attracted to him.

  7. I didn’t like his friends.

  8. He was so secretive.

  9. He was somebody else’s husband.

  10. God told me no.

noI can tell you RIGHT NOW that every single reason on this list is SUPER TRUE and more about YOU and how the relationship makes YOU feel, than it is about the guy. And don’t even think about checking that Maybe box! You should never go into a marriage trying to change a person. If you can’t accept him 100% just as he is today, there is no room for expecting a miracle tomorrow!