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Rob Freda

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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 19 2013: Basically, the problem in solving gun violence is of course tougher gun laws. However, such gun laws will have to be enforced strongly by deploying police or any law enforcement agency to crack down on the black market. Of course the best way to reduce gun violence is through education by teaching people to do the correct things and even if people become mentally unstable, there would be little avenues for gun purchasing.
    Having said that, the crux of the issue is people obeying the law. If u are able to ensure that most people follow the law, it doesnt really matter if the entire population has guns cause they would be law abiding and not go around killing people. One good example would be Mexico which while it has tough gun laws, they are largely ignored or are easily bypassed which results in a huge number of deaths. Israel on the other hand has a limited number of gun users however these users are responsible and law-abiding so they have only used it on terrorist.
    having said all this, it will be a tough fight to lower the gun related deaths in USA but if u guys dont give up, i am sure that you will succeed sooner or later

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