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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 26 2013: In any given year we roughly have:

    11,000 hand gun homicides.
    350 rifle homicides (hunting AND assault style rifles).
    700 people beaten to death.

    NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN Human nature is immutable we are the same monkeys we were 5,000 years ago and the constitution reflects that understanding of human nature..

    No, you are not special or unique any tyrants can arise even America. With a $20 Trillion debt on the horizon and its concomitant hyper inflation a la Germany post WWI, why couldn't we have a HItler also rear his/her ugly head?

    It is no coincidence the 2nd Amendment follows the first (it could have been the 7th). Assault rifles protect the Bill of Individual Rights.

    1) To reduce AR violence mandate that owners must keep their weapons away from minors and disturbed individuals in the home or face severe civil and criminal consequences with mandatory jail time.

    2) To reduce handgun related violence declare the Bloods, Crips, MS13, Hells Angels.... demonstrably violent gangs.... as TERRORISTS. Treat them like enemy combatants. Use the NDAA 2012 and extended Patriot Act against them without mercy. Sure we have many people in prison and yet our crime rates are down!!!! Go figure.

    People who think they are smart bug me. I'm sure I bug you. lol.
    • Jan 29 2013: That what Mexico tried to do and there reputation as a safe place was horribly destroyed... Because they started a drug war in their own country
      • Jan 29 2013: Banning guns may start a revolutionary war.

        Pick your poison. Fight 300,000 gang bangers or 3,000,000 armed citizens of the republic. besides the reason mexico has a violent, failed drug war is that innocent law abiding citizens are unarmed in mexico.

        que viva zapata. ay ay yaya. soy hispano. no me freges con llamar me racista. yo vivi en latino america hasta el quarto grado. yo si se que era latino america decadas en el pasado.

        :0)
      • Jan 31 2013: sam: you do understand , don;t you, that the whole reason for the problems in Mexico , and elsewhere, is due the the US 's fanatic "Drug War"? We are the enablers.
        • Feb 4 2013: So if America is the whole reason for all the problems in Mexico, and elsewhere do you expect the United States Government to go into combat against it's own people just so crime by some chance could dissolve at the cost of safety, trust, reputation and business. The Patriot Act as it is of right now is already doing too much harm as it is.

          Plus if the US did label crime groups as Terrorists, it would just be another counter-insurgency operation that would be at home rather of in another country. Also if we do go hard on those organizations they'll probably just immigrate their operations to other countries and do pain from afar and to the place and people they take refuge around.

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