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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 22 2013: Go out today and look at all the creeps in the world who enjoy owning guns in the USA. Would it not be more settling to know that now they don't have guns unless otherwise hiding arms illegally ? Whether you have a gun or not isn't the point, its the dude sitting next to you on the bus that makes me worry. USA is in the dark ages when it comes to gun legislation and it is obvious to me that this legislation has not worked for a very very long time since USA has always led the highest rate of death due to guns either misused and or used illegally. The rest of us have fewer crimes related to guns. What more do you need when looking at over a hundred years of fatalities in your country ? I for one don't travel to the states because of your gun legislation and I sincerely know this hurts your tourism industry. Hollywood can't distract this fact. Hollywood isn't that big for me to put aside my sense of safety. USA is dead last when it comes to gun related deaths in the world. Aren't you concerned that maybe creeps owning guns isn't working ? A gun is a gun no matter what brand you own.
    • Jan 22 2013: I am sorry, but the USA does not have the highest death rate -- it is not even close. Wikipedia has the stats here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate
      Even so, while the USA has a high murder rate with firearms, it is only average in terms of the overall murder rate.( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate ).
      • Jan 22 2013: I guess you miss the point providing this link you are right up there with Panama does this not disturb you in the least ? Not long ago there was a massive bear mauling in the United States. Only the Canadian survived. I truly believe that if there had been less dependency on guns some of those Americans could have survived the bear attack. They didn't know what to do without their guns. Finally -wow your suicide rate is sad :(

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