H/T to Jon H. from the gun email list at work.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. After all he is a politician and he is from Chicago:
A South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, has suggested that global positioning system chips be embedded in new guns, and retrofitted on existing firearms, so they could be located if they go missing.
“Just like if your car gets stolen, OnStar can tell you where your car is. If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun,” he said.
Your car has a battery that weighs 40 pounds and is recharged every time you use the car.
You cellphone is a better analogy but doesn’t make his case any better. A cellphone has a standby time of, at most, a few days and requires a service provider such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon in order to report it’s position.
That doesn’t even take into account that a criminal who steals one with a GPS will remove the battery or destroy the electronics.
One of the better comments I read on the site:
The difference between stupidity and genius: Genius has it’s limits, stupidity doesn’t, case proven by Willie Cochran.
Stupidity this strong should cause him to burst into flames hot enough to melt tungsten. The reporters that didn’t call him out on the stupid should smolder.