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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 31 2013: If you are truly interested in reducing gun violence, why focus on the ancillary damages? Accidental shootings and mass killings while of course tragic, are a small fraction of the lives taken annually due to guns. I'm no statician but it appears to me the primary causes of gun induced fatalities are suicides and gang violence (fueled by drug trade). Even if all guns disappeared today, I can't imagine we'd impact the suicide rate much so let's focus on gangs. Legalize drugs. End of problem.

    That's a liberty minded response. A statist response would be instead to ban all guns and movies that glorified gun violence (let's go whole hog here). Again, end of problem. But while these steps would be effective in attaining our goal, they would also undermine a full fifth of our Bill of Rights and might not sit well with the locals either. So that's out. How then to actualize our initial fix?

    It's already happening with the recent change in state laws regarding pot, but it is as strong as ever with every other type of drug. Probably the best way we can be effective in legalizing drugs (other then winning a seat in Congress) is asking questions: why in a free country is there such a thing as contaband? Why are we shooting at people in order to save them? Why are we putting our police at risk to stop Johnnie from smoking crack? Who owns your body? Should you really be sent to prison for criminal abuse of your own physiology? Is it worth the cost in our freedoms, in lives and in hard cash to continue this war? How effective have we been since we started? Is it worth continuing?

    You may see this as a deviation from topic but this is really the belly of the beast regarding gun violence. Ending the war on drugs is by far, the most effective single action we can take to dramatically reduce the gun violence in America.

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