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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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  • Feb 2 2013: Ben: I'm trying to visualize just how your plan might work. You would have to have bureaucratic police organizations keep track of a lot of gun transactions, personality files, etc. But that would only deal with new guns, with a paper trail, which are unlikely to be criminally used anyway. Or official transfers of old guns. Naturally , the criminals would adapt, just as they did to the Drug War. They would, of course, be transferring guns "off the books", stealing them for black market sales. If necessary, they could manufacture them. We have far too many unemployed former machinists , with plenty of raw material, for this to be prevented. Then there is the whole very lucrative process of buying truckload lots overseas, and smuggling them here , at a great profit. Of course, we could set up a sort of Gestapo to try to prevent this, but it would not only be very expensive, ambiguously "useful", and create vast social unrest. Have you noticed how spectacularly unsuccessful the "Drug War" has been? We have spent a trillion dollars on it over the years, and no one can show that it has had ANY positive benefits at all, to outweigh the devastating damage to our society it has caused. All this to try to prevent "gun deaths", many of which are suicides, or drug gang executions. It doesn't sound like a very good deal to me.

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