Today's conspiracy theory:
The government is working on a new form of RFID which they can use to track guns, and record wirelessly when and how many bullets are fired from the gun.
For those unaware, RFID is a wireless, extremely short range communication method used to transmit data. Here at work, we all have our RFID keyfobs, and they are preprogrammed to let us in the locked doors. We just swipe them past the wall mounted RFID receivers, which is connected to a server. The server then confirms who we are and tell the door to unlock. This allows my company to basically track my movements throughout the building, 24/7.
However RFID suffers two major drawbacks: it won't transmit through metal or water and it won't transmit very far.
The government, as I mentioned, is working on a new technology, called RuBee, which will transmit through metal. The government plans to use this to track the number of shots fired through soldiers' weapons, and also to track how many weapons have been taken out of a barracks, etc etc.
We are only one small law away from having this technology put in civilian guns as well. A tiny piece of legislation could require any firearm sold in the U.S. to have that RuBee tag built into it, like Sig Sauer already does. It'd be easy to say "that way we could find out who stole your guns, and where they are" or "that way we can know if any guns were fired around the time a victim was shot", claiming that its for our own safety that they are requiring this.
I predict if this happens, pre-RuBee weapons will be considered illegal and all owners will be asked to hand them over, maybe as a trade for RuBee weapons. But they'll probably just require you to hand them over and give you nothing in return. Maybe a rose.
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