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Belinda Padilla, president and CEO of the U.S. division of firearm manufacturer Armatix, says she was stalked and threatened by “gun enthusiasts” after she tried to bring a safer handgun to market.
Armatix, a German company, has developed so-called “smart guns” that can only be fired by the owner. The company uses a watch that ties the owner to the weapon, called the iP1. Armatix is already selling the personalized weapons in Europe and Asia.
In an interview published by The New York Times on Monday, Padilla explained what happened when a forum of online “gun enthusiasts” published her cellphone number.
She said it began with a “few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers” that got her to stop answering her phone.
And then photos of her home were posted online.
“In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. ‘Belinda?’ the person wrote. ‘Is that you?’” according to the Times.
originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: tothetenthpower
Remember when that newspaper in that town that had a school shooting posted the names and addresses of all of the gun owners in that area?
Not sure how this is any different.......
But to each his/her own I guess.
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
There are a few problems with the gun that I can think of, the biggest of which would be what if the batteries went out or that you have to always have the watch on in order to shoot....just another step to fumble when in an adrenalin filled situation that is more than likely to get the owner of one of these killed.
I can't say I agree with any of the people "stalking and harassing" her though...there is no need for it. Just don't buy the gun if you don't like it. If there aren't enough sales then it will not be produced anymore....pretty simple concept methinks.
originally posted by: NonsensicalUserName
a reply to: tothetenthpower
because; the NRA are basically used as a marketing department by the gun-manufacturers.
they use fearmongering about burglars; government; etc. to get people to buy their products...
Why else would they have those rediculous spokespeople who seem to lack even the slightest bit of empathy.
Being Canadian, I won't ever understand the enthusiasm behind gun ownership. I understand the historical implications of 200+ years ago, but in contemporary society, I just don't see it.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
But why would gun owners not throw themselves in front of gun safety? Why hasn't the NRA pushed for further safe type of guns.