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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.



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  • Jan 23 2013: the problem is that we are more afraid of dying as a result of a gun than in other ways. In other words, if we look at the number of gun related deaths to many other kinds of death (cancer, car accidents, stroke, heart attack), you'll find it has a relatively benign impact on the population. Regarding the effect on family, I don't disagree that it is traumatic. The problem is though that we feel like we can prevent gun deaths and we leave all of the illness-type deaths to the scientists and researchers. In reality though, driving habits, smoking/drinking, exercise and food intake quantity are probably much easier to die from. We're just used desensitized to these deaths so they don't scare us enough (at least to do much about them).

    That said, I think the result of talking about this issue is merely just a waste of our time. We could be flying into space, curing cancer, or partying. Instead we're contemplating the technicalities of the constitution and it's application to something outside its scope (by how many hundred years?).
    • Jan 29 2013: wow. best post here.

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