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Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.

First that this idea even needs to be broached in the first place is ridiculous especially given the lack of clarity in the second amendment (eg it does not specify types of arms so that should be handled by laws not as a "do what you will free for all").

That said it seems there are some major elements that would be necessary to reduce gun deaths in the US and there are some obfuscating interests embodied in the NRA that must be sidestepped or accommodated in the solution.

Four main areas of focus jump out to reduce gun deaths:

1) "mass killings" (included in this would be the 2 or 3 person shootings as well as as Newtown or Aurora types)
2) Accidental shootings
3) Non-owner shootings (eg the shooter is not the owner of the gun)
4) "black market" trading

Added to these I would say the parameter that makes gun control legislation difficult is gun manufacturer revenue stream protection using the second amendment as a shill.

So what are the necessary parameters to make something happen vs. the absurdity of what is going to happen over the next few months in Washington:

1) Figure out a way that shifting policy creates more revenue for gun manufacturers so they get the NRA on board
2) Make sure that guns cannot be used in public places or by someone other than their owner

The Idea - Mandatory gun locks and universal kill switches.

On locks, all responsible gun owners have gun safes. Why not move the lock to the gun's trigger mechanism either with a combination code or biometric locks. That would prevent unauthorized use of the gun by anyone but the owner.

On kill switches, in the same locking mechanism put a chip and actuator that freezes the locking mechanism mentioned above when it receives a certain modulated radio signal.

If mandatory then all existing guns will have to be refitted with the new bolt mechanism creating revenue streams for the gun manufacturers and on all new guns they can charge more creating more revenue.

Thoughts?

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  • Jan 18 2013: Solve the political problems like poverty, slavery, inequality and eliminate the causes and reasons for crime, corruption and greed, and many of the other problems will disappear.
    Those in the U.S. keep going about trying to fix the wrong things all the time. No wonder they don't go away.

    Educate children in how to change their country, their governance and the things I listed along with the causes.
    Instead they are educated in how to try and become successful in a system that is unjust, won't work, is failing and survives on violence, corruption, deceit and cowadism in the general population.

    Violence is a way of solving a problem. So is suicide.
    Get rid of the real reasons for crying out loud.

    Oh, but that just doesn't make any sense now does it?
    No it doesn't make sense because it cannot make sense to people who are seriously mentally ill or insane.
    And I am not talking about those who have shot people.

    I am referring to those who keep talking about more laws, more restrictions, less freedom, less country, less America, and more insanity that they apply, thinking it is rational, reasonable thought.
    • Jan 18 2013: "I am referring to those who keep talking about more laws, more restrictions, less freedom, less country, less America, and more insanity that they apply, thinking it is rational, reasonable thought"

      our and every society has as its most basic component laws and regulations. That is the main thrust of western civilization, eg societies based on the rule of law that supercedes station or political position. what you are talking about is the degree not the fact. rational and reasonable thought, as you put it, understands this, and that with each evolution in technology laws and regulations must address the new landscape and ramifications of the technology.

      based on your comments and most of those that want to do away with "restrictions and laws" or have "their freedom" which basically looks to me more like a narcisssitic love of their own desires and opinions rather than a rational discussion with their fellow citizens, have a basic misunderstanding of what both what the constitution is and the foundation of American society.

      None of the mass shooters were poor as evidenced by the equipment they were using costing >$10K. Accidental shootings are not associated with low socio-economic status.

      if you do not deal with the reality of the actual situation on the ground and irrationally focus on these type of abstractions nothing ever happens.

      let's even give you that you are right and those are the problems, so your solution to solving this problem is to try and tackle one about 10x the size? what is your short, mid, long term strategy?

      poverty and inequality are solved by raising the standard of living. they are a function of how our financial system works and the lack of willingness to fund the government to address these issues. Since this has been going on for most of the US's history, it is suddenly going away? how?

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