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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: The problem with violence is to complex. It is not just guns, it is a culture of violence that combined with a society full of intolerance, aggressiveness, drugs, gangs, illegal possession of weapons, political power grab, main stream media not acting like journalist and questioning authority, and promoting an agenda and giving so much publicity to all this attacks, making the mere act of appearing in the news making it appealing to obtain so much attention, and mental illness and the inability of treating it fully.

    Guns are tools that can be used for good or evil. They can kill in mass but they can save in mass too. There are already procedures to control who can own a gun and what training they have. There are no controls or training for criminal or crazy people. I think that somebody that decides to kill people can do it with a bottle, rags and gasoline, a box cutter (remember 911?), or even with their bare hands, but this stupid kids in their paranoia and violent rage remember what was done by other and how everybody saw it on tv, giving them the incentive to do something evil, taking revenge for whatever they thing had been done to them, and at the same time be famous and memorable. If the principals or teachers in any of this school attacked had a gun themselves they could have prevented a lot of deads. In crime ridden areas crime goes down when legal gun ownership goes up.

    The second amendment is a blessing in america. You do not know it until it is taken away and you are in a position of danger bycriminals or goverment. It can happen, just think Venezuela or the middle east.

    The government is going to try to control it's people more and more. They are not going to waste a crisis. But the solution is not in controlling law abiding citizens, it is in controlling the messages of violence in media and videogames, illegal guns, crime, face time of attackers on tv. Letting people defend themselves and get trained armed people in schools and areas of danger.

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